Lopez Earns a Spot on Forbes’ List of the Highest-Paid Women in Music

Jennifer Lopez is seeing a whole lot of green

The 44-year-old Puerto Rican singer, actress and returning American Idol judge has been named to Forbes’ list of the highest-paid women in music.

Jennifer Lopez

La Lopez, the highest-ranking Latina on the list, comes in at No. 5 with reported earning of $45 million.  

During the 12-month period used by the magazine, the “On The Floor” singer earned managed to replace the $12 million American Idol salary she’d earned the previous year with a lucrative world tour and earnings from her Latin talent competition Q’Viva.

“I’m a little bit tired now, I’m not going to lie,” she told Forbes last year. “But I feel really in the zone.”

But Lopez isn’t the only Latina to make the list…

Mariah Carey, who replaced Lopez as a judge on the Fox reality singing competition, closed out the list in a tie for tenth place with Nicki Minaj with $29 million.

Carey earned the bulk of her dinero—$18 million—from her Idol gig.

Forbes compiled the list after estimating pre-tax income based on record sales, concert tickets, touring information, merchandise sales and interviews with concert promoters, lawyers and managers. It also looked at data from the Pollstar trade magazine, the Recording Industry Association of America and tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan.

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