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.

Lopez: The World’s Most Powerful Latina Celebrity

She may not be sitting at the top of the perch of ForbesCelebrity 100 list this year, but Jennifer Lopez is still the world’s most powerful Latina celebrity.

This year, the 43-year-old Puerto Rican actress/singer ranks No. 12 on the magazine’s official list of the world’s most powerful celebrities.

Jennifer Lopez

Lopez, who ranked No. 1 on last year’s list, earned $52 million in 2012. But after quitting her gig as a judge on American Idol, she lost the hefty $12 million salary that came with it.

Lopez, who received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier this month, is earning at nearly the same rate though, thanks to her lucrative world tour that grossed over $1 million per night and a starring role in the Latin talent competition Q’Viva. Lopez continues to give back through her foundation and is the first female spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in its century-and-a-half history.

But Lopez isn’t the only Hispanic celebrity list…

Lionel Messi is next on the list, coming in at No. 39. The 26-year-old Argentinean soccer star won FIFA’s world player of the year award for a record fourth year in a row after scoring 91 goals in all competitions last year to break a 40-year-old world record held by Gerd Muller.

His team, Futbol Club Barcelona, rewarded him with a record contract extension through 2018 that will pay him more than $20 million annually. In addition, Adidas launched his icon signature line in 2013. It is only the second time they have done so for one of their brand ambassadors.

Other Hispanic celebrities include:

Rafael Nadal, Spanish tennis star, No. 51
Sofia Vergara, Colombian actress, No. 54
Charlie Sheen, part-Spanish American actor, No. 67
Gisele Bündchen, Brazilian supermodel, No. 81
George Lopez, Mexican American actor/comedian, No. 93
Louis C.K., Mexican American comedian/actor, No. 97

Lopez Preparing to “Dance Again”…

It looks like Jennifer Lopez is hoping to get you back on the floor this spring and summer…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican singer, actress and American Idol judge is getting ready to release “Dance Again,” a brand new single featuring Pitbull.

Jennifer Lopez

Following the success of Lopez’s “On The Floor” single, it’s no surprise the former-dancer-who-still-moves-like-Jagger even teamed up again with the Cuban American rap superstar on the new track.

The Q’Viva host & producer tweeted information on the due dates of the single and its upcoming music video, “#DanceAgain hits March 30th and video premieres April 5th on #idol.”

Her label boss, L.A. Reid, added, “Has a hot new single ‘Dance Again’ available on Monday, 4/02.”

Along with preparing a video for “Dance Again”, la Lopez will sing and appear in a music video for a song called “Follow the Leader” with Wisin & Yandel. The clip was filmed in Acapulco, Mexico.

Lopez: Capoeira Queen?

She may be on an international mission to discover untapped Latin talent… But Jennifer Lopez isn’t afraid to show off her own skills!

While filming her new reality show Q’Viva: The Chosen in Uruguay, the 42-year-old Puerto Rican superestrella, was snapped kicking up the sand at Playa de los Ingleses in Montevideo’s residential area known as Punta Gorda.

Jennifer Lopez Capoeira Uruguay

La Lopez was actually practicing capoeira, a Brazilian art form that combines martial arts, sports and music.

Lopez, who was dressed casually in a cropped red top and jeans, spent approximately half an hour in Montevideo auditioning a group of dancers for her highly anticipated reality talent show. Prior to her time in Uruguay, she visited Lima, Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires for Q’Viva.

Jennifer Lopez Capoeira Uruguay

Described as an effort “to create the ultimate live show celebrating Latin music, artistry and dance,” Q’viva is scheduled to air in 21 countries in North America, Central America and South America sometime in early 2012.

Q’Viva Lopez’s Peruvian Adventure

International superstar Jennifer Lopez is racking up some serious air miles in her quest to find Latin America’s undiscovered talents…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican-American bombshell spent the weekend in Lima, Peru taping her new television program Q’Viva! The Chosen.

Jennifer Lopez in Peru for Q'Viva

“I arrived in Peru and am very moved because I hope to discover great talents for QViva!” said Lopez via her Twitter account.

Lopez arrived in Peru with her children Emme and Max and her new boyfriend, backup dancer Casper Smart, according to Radio Programas del Perú.

Q’Viva! The Chosen, which Lopez is producing with her ex, Marc Anthony, will travel through 21 Latin American countries to find new singers, dancers, musicians and artists who will later fly to Hollywood to be part of an “extraordinary” talent show.

The weekly one-hour program will be taped in English, Spanish and Portuguese and air simultaneously on different networks in early 2012.

“Very soon the world’s heart will beat to the tune of Latin rhythms and we’re looking forward to experiencing history in the making,” said Lopez in a previous statement. “It is with great pride that we embark on this amazing and very personal mission to discover and celebrate the most captivating talent the world has ever seen.”