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Lady Gaga highest earning female artist

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Lady Gaga has seen off competition from the likes of Rihanna and Katy Perry to be named the highest-earning female artist of 2011 by Forbes magazine.

The Born This Way singer earned $90 million (£58 million) in touring, endorsements and album sales this year - double the income of Taylor Swift in second place with earnings of $45 million (£29 million).

Gaga also easily exceeded Katy Perry's third place rating of $44 million (£28 million).

Adele was the only British star to feature in the list, with record-breaking sales of her album 21 helping her to net $18 million (£11.6 million) this year. Britney Spears and Alicia Keys tied tenth place, with both performing sell-out tours in 2011.

Despite the eye-watering figures that appear in the top 10 list, Forbes noted that there remains a pay gap between male and female artists, with just five of the women on the list featuring on the overall highest paid musicians list.

"Women artists seem to be less likely to diversify their holdings and to build multi-tier enterprises to take advantage of their success and celebrity," Lori Landew, an entertainment attorney at Fox Rothschild in Philadelphia, told the magazine. "What remains unclear, however, is whether this is because these women have less of an entrepreneurial spirit than their male counterparts, which I doubt, or whether they are simply presented with fewer opportunities."

See the full list of highest-earning female artists in 2011, below.

1. Lady Gaga

2. Taylor Swift

3. Katy Perry

4. Beyonce Knowles

5. Rihanna

6. Pink

7. Carrie Underwood

8. Celine Dion

9. Adele

10. = Alicia Keys

10. = Britney Spears

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