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Thursday 30 October 2014

X Factor puts Britney at top of the rich list

POP queen Britney Spears is back at the top of her game after being named the highest earning female musician in 2012.

The American singer - who suffered a highly publicised breakdown in 2008 - took home a staggering $58m (€42m) in just 12 months, according to Forbes magazine.

The singer -- who shot to fame with her hit single Baby One More Time in 1998 -- has topped the rich list, despite neither releasing an album nor going on tour in 2012.

The singer reportedly received a staggering $15m (€11m) for signing up to the X Factor juggernaut - she's been installed as a judge on the US version of the show.

But the majority of the 30-year-old's profits come on the back of her successful 2011 Femme Fatale tour that grossed $86.7m (¤65m) and her Elizabeth Arden fragrance line.

Britney beat off competition from last year's top earner Lady Gaga.

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