Forbes in all its infinite wisdom released the 2015 highest-paid women in music this month. What stood out to us isn’t the obvious. Sure, Katy Perry dominated again with an impressive $135 million this year and Taylor Swift carried a solid second place with $80 million. Artists like Perry, Swift and Beyonce (who nabbed $54.5 million) are expected to land in the top five. It’s 2015. These women rule music.
Then out of the grave like a phoenix is Britney Spears, the pop queen who has managed to stay relevant and coveted after a series of celebrated highs and unfortunate lows. Britney ruled the charts in the early 2000s with now infamous performances like the 2000 and 2001 MTV Video Music Awards. That’s 15 years ago.
Since then, she’s had high profile breakups, become a mom, showed her nether regions to the world by mistake, shaved her head in a public nervous breakdown and had a dazed 2007 VMA performance in which she was less-than prepared. Despite it all, Britney remains an unsinkable force in music. She didn’t just make in the top ten highest paid women in music 2015 list, she’s number six!
She still releases new music, including the new well-received song “Pretty Girls” with Iggy Azalea. What’s more, people love Britney Spears. They love her so much that she gets paid the big bucks at her residency in Las Vegas. So, what did she pull in well over a decade after her golden age? $31 million. Long live the queen!