15. December 2011
American singing superstar Lady Gaga has 101 reasons to smile these days.
Gaga is declared the highest earning female singer for 2011 by the prestigious online and print luxury magazine Forbes.com. The American singing superstar reportedly earned $90 million income this year to top the list.
According to reports, a big part of the income was taken from the estimated $1.3 million nightly gross ticket sales from her concert tour. Landing as runner-up in the list is American singing sweetheart Taylor Swift who earned $45 million, majority of whom from her hit album “Speak Now”, perfume line, and other deals.
The third place goes to American singing star Katy Perry who earned a close $44 million.
Also making the list were Beyonce who earned $35 million, mostly because of her relatively small amount of touring this year.
R&B star Rihanna also made it to the top 5, after earning an estimated $29 million from sales of her album “Loud”, and endorsements from cosmetics company CoverGirl.
Lady Gaga came to prominence following the release of her debut studio album The Fame (2008), which was a critical and commercial success and achieved international popularity with the singles “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”. The album reached number one on the record charts of six countries, topped the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart while simultaneously peaking at number two on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States and accomplished positions within the top ten worldwide.
Achieving similar worldwide success, The Fame Monster (2009), its follow-up, produced a further two global chart-topping singles “Bad Romance” and “Telephone” and allowed her to embark on her second global concert tour, The Monster Ball Tour, just months after having finished her first, The Fame Ball Tour. Inspired by glam rock artists like David Bowie, Elton John and Queen, as well as pop singers such as Madonna and Michael Jackson, Gaga is well-recognized for her outré sense of style in fashion, in performance and in her music videos.
Her contributions to the music industry have garnered her numerous achievements including five Grammy Awards, among twelve nominations; two Guinness World Records and the estimated sale of 15 million albums and 51 million singles worldwide. Billboard named her the Artist of the Year in 2010,ranking her as the 73rd Artist of the 2000s decade. Lady Gaga has been included in Time magazine’s annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world as well as being listed in a number of Forbes’ annual lists.