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Beyonce is Officially 2017’s Highest Paid Woman in Music; Rihanna in Top 10

Beyonce (Instagram)
Beyonce (Instagram)

*Forbes has receipts showing that Beyonce is, indeed, the highest paid woman in music this year.

According to the business magazine’s new 2017 list released Monday (Nov. 20), the 36-year-old earned $105 million pretax this year, thanks in part to her acclaimed visual album “Lemonade” and Formation world tour, the latter of which grossed a mind-blowing quarter of a billion dollars.

She also made substantial coin from her Ivy Park fashion line and other business ventures.

Adele finished second on the list with $69 million. She toured the world throughout much of 2016 and 2017 in support of her third album, 25. The global trek was her first since 2011 and earned seven-figures a night, according to Forbes.

Taylor Swift claimed the third spot with $44 million, a fall from her earnings in previous years. The publication estimated that she will rise up on the list once again in 2018, due to her new album, “Reputation,” and upcoming world tour.

Forbes crunched the numbers by estimating pretax income for the 12-month period from June, 1 2016, to June 1, 2017, with the help of data from Nielsen SoundScan, Pollstar, the Recording Industry Association of America and interviews with industry insiders. Fees charged by agents, managers and lawyers were not removed from the totals.

See the full list below.
1. Beyoncé, $105 million
2. Adele, $69 million
3. Taylor Swift, $44 million
4. Céline 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

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