So which ladies are earning the most money in music? Well Forbes has your top ten female earners for 2012 and here they are:

  • 1

    Britney Spears

    $58 Million

    The 31-year-old pop star tops our list of the top-earning women in music thanks to millions from touring, endorsements and a fragrance line with Elizabeth Arden. Her latest album, Femme Fatale, earned platinum certification in the U.S.

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  • 2

    Taylor Swift

    $57 Million

    The country crossover star grossed over $1 million per night on the road this year, and also earns big from endorsements with the likes of CoverGirl and Sony. There's more cash on the way: her latest album, Red, moved 1.2 million units its opening week this fall, the best debut since 2002.

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    Rihanna

    $53 Million

    The Barbados-born diva is one of the top earning women in music thanks to lucrative sidelines including endorsements with Vita Coco and Nivea, fragrance Reb'l Fleur and a heavy touring schedule.

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  • 4

    Lady Gaga

    $52 Million

    The Born This Way singer still makes plenty of money off of music sales, padding her coffers a new fragrance called Fame. Up next: more touring and perhaps a new album.

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  • 5

    Katy Perry

    $45 Million

    The California Girl continues to garner considerable airplay and dollars. Her California Dreams Tour grossed nearly $60 million, and she's the only musician besides Michael Jackson to have five No. 1 singles from the same album.

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