Sorry Taylor Swift, Beyoncé Is Now the Highest-Paid Woman in Music
Beyoncé has dethroned Taylor Swift as the highest-paid woman in music.
According to Forbes, Bey earned $105 million from June 2016 to June 2017, nearly doubling what she reportedly earned in the previous year. The substantial boost was a result of her critically acclaimed hit album Lemonade, as well as the Formation World Tour, which reportedly grossed a quarter of a billion dollars.
Adele came in at No. 2 on the Highest-Paid Women in Music list with $69 million. According to Forbes, Adele’s most recent tour (her first since 2011) contributed significantly to her earnings.
Swift, who led last year’s list with $170 million, took the No. 3 spot with $44 million; however, no one will be surprised if her newly released Reputation album and supporting stadium tour catapults her to the top next year.
Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez rounded out the top five with $42 million and $38 million, respectively. Dolly Parton came in at No. 6 with $37 million; Rihanna at No. 7 with $36 million, while Britney Spears took the No. 8 slot with $34 million.
You can check out the full top 10 list below.
Forbes’ Top 10 Highest Paid Women in Music 1. Beyoncé: $105 million 2. Adele: $69 million 3. Taylor Swift: $44 million 4. Celine Dion: $42 million 5. Jennifer Lopez: $38 million 6. Dolly Parton: $37 million 7. Rihanna: $36 million 8. Britney Spears: $34 million 9. Katy Perry: $33 million 10. Barbra Streisand: $30 million
Forbes complied the list based on pretax income during the yearlong period. The publication referenced data from Nielsen SoundScan, Pollstar, and the RIAA, as well as interviews with lawyers, managers, agents, and several of the named celebrities.