Taylor, Carrie Among Forbes’ Top-Earning Women in Music

Taylor squeaks ahead of pop pal Katy Perry to finish in second with $45 million earned this year.

Taylor by Kevin Mazur/ABC; Carrie by Frazer Harrison/ACMA2011

Taylor Swift has had a heckuva year, and a financially rewarding one as well, according to Forbes magazine.

Taylor finished second—with $45 million earned—on the magazines's list of Top-Earning Women in Music for 2011. That was enough to squeak ahead of her pop pal Katy Perry, who finished third with $44 million.

They both got trounced by list leader Lady Gaga, who earned more than $90 million this year, the magazine reports.

Also finishing in the top 10: Carrie Underwood, with $20 million.

The top 10:

  1. Lady Gaga ($90 million)
  2. Taylor Swift ($45 million)
  3. Katy Perry ($44 million)
  4. Beyoncé Knowles ($35 million)
  5. Rihanna ($29 million)
  6. Pink ($22 million)
  7. Carrie Underwood ($20 million)
  8. Celine Dion ($19 million)
  9. Adele ($18 million)
  10. Alicia Keys and Britney Spears ($10 million each)


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