2:49 am - 05/25/2012

Miley Cyrus Beats Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Adele For Most Powerful Female Singer

Forbes: 25 Most Powerful Female Singers Since '99.

In honor of the Forbes Celebrity 100 annual bloodbath that will continue this Wednesday as the 2012 list is revealed, I decided to backtrack to 1999 when the list first began. This list is ranked on the total amounts made since the Forbes list began in 1999 all the way to 2011, each female is ranked based only on the years she was on the list added into one total figure. The Celebrity 100, which includes film and television actors, TV personalities, models, athletes, authors, musicians and comedians, is a measure of entertainment-related earnings and media visibility (exposure in print, television, radio and online).

To compile our earnings numbers, we talk to industry insiders including agents, lawyers, producers and other experts to come up with an estimate for what each celebrity earned between May 1, 2010, and May 1, 2011. Earnings consist of pretax gross income. Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted. Online exposure is measured using Google ( GOOG - news - people ). Press mentions come from Factiva, and we use Lexis/Nexis to find out how many times each star was mentioned on television or on the radio. We comb through dozens of magazines from the past 12 months to count how many times each star appeared on covers. Twitter followers and Facebook fans are measured using Twitter and Facebook searches.

25. Ashley Tisdale - $5.5 million

24. Alicia Keys - $15 million

23. Carrie Underwood - $23 million

22. Gwen Stefani - $27 million

21. Bette Midler - $31 million

20. Tina Turner - $31 million

19. Jessica Simpson - $33 million

18. Adele - $35 million (debut)

17. Hilary Duff - $38 million

16. Pink - $44 million

15. The Dixie Chicks - $47 million

14. Rihanna - $53 million (debut)

13. Mariah Carey - $58 million

12. The Spice girls - $70 million

11. Shania Twain - $82 million

10. Katy Perry - $89 million

9. Miley Cyrus - $98 million

8. Cher - $101.1 million

7. Taylor Swift - $165 million

6. Jennifer Lopez - $191.4 million

5. Lady Gaga - $204 million

4. Britney Spears - $234.7 million

3. Celine Dion - $279.5 million

2. Beyoncé - $352 million

1. Madonna - $373 million

charlie 25th-May-2012 02:07 am (UTC)
i wish the tiz would make more music. guilty pleasure is such a good album
pyt0_0 25th-May-2012 03:01 am (UTC)
yesss. i loved headstrong more though.
watch_mex0x0 25th-May-2012 02:11 am (UTC)
HF Legendarrie Underwood. Slay On. Slayed Away. Slay Hearts. Carnival Slay are all amazing albums tbh
davidbeckham 25th-May-2012 02:16 am (UTC)
is she that good idk i don't listen to her idt i ever have tbh
watch_mex0x0 25th-May-2012 02:26 am (UTC)
I mean not many singers can do this:

And all of her songs are so good IMO:

davidbeckham 25th-May-2012 02:44 am (UTC)
omg im missing out
i need to dl an album of hers asap
watch_mex0x0 25th-May-2012 02:46 am (UTC)
yess bb! People don't like her 'cause she's "boring" but DEM VOCALS
91roses 25th-May-2012 02:19 am (UTC)
yes! Miley, Britney, Madge Gaga, Bey, Jlo better slay
astorpl 25th-May-2012 02:56 am (UTC)
yay miley pink & gwen<3
pyt0_0 25th-May-2012 03:02 am (UTC)
queen bey, best performer, singer, ENTERTAINER on this list.
inadownpour 25th-May-2012 03:57 am (UTC)
Yay Tizzy!
audrey_za 26th-May-2012 04:17 am (UTC)
fireandthud 25th-May-2012 04:35 am (UTC)
Techincally if Selena made the list it would be incorrect as she's in a group (the poor unloved scene)

I'm shocked at Ashley, but she made some great fun music.
mamoran 25th-May-2012 05:50 am (UTC)
WTF did Madonna do from May 2010 to May 2011 to earn $373,000,000?
kknee13 25th-May-2012 06:25 am (UTC)
this list is the total amount these people have made on previous forbes lists starting in 1999 up until now
spassbremse123 25th-May-2012 09:04 am (UTC)
What did Miley do from 2010 to 2011?

bronze 25th-May-2012 07:10 am (UTC)
damn get it taylor
animalsrule_xo 25th-May-2012 09:48 am (UTC)
Woah get it Miley! <3
merdepur 25th-May-2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
You go Miley
pink_skittlesxo 26th-May-2012 12:42 am (UTC)
Go Taylor.Yay!!
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