If anyone knows money and the bottom lines of the 1%, it’s Forbes magazine, which makes their recently-published list of the highest-paid women in music particularly illuminating. The magazine looked at pre-tax income from June 2016 through to June 2017, and used data from Nielsen SoundScan, Pollstar, and the RIAA to form this year’s list, which sees Beyoncé dethroning Taylor Swift, who topped last year’s list.
Here’s the full top 10. It’s okay to be jealous…
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Barbra Streisand made a cool $30 million during the scoring period.
Katy Perry's Witness if it was even more vaporwave-influenced.
Britney Spears earned $34 million, mainly from her Vegas engagements.
Rihanna's touring and branding gigs made her $36 million so far this year.
Dolly Parton's still touring (and raking in money from Dollywod) neting her around $37 million.
Jennifer Lopez is still earning strong, with $38 million from her TV gigs and Vegas residency.
Celine Dion pulled down $42 million this year, thanks to her 70 gigs at her Vegas residency.
Taylor's earned $44 million, which should only increase after the release of Reputation
Raw talent still rises to the top, and that's why Adele's sitting at a hefty $69 million. Also, you know, endorsement deals.
Naturally, Beyoncé is the highest-paid woman in music, raking in over $105 million during the scoring period.