'Forbes' Names 2016's Highest-Paid Women in Music

'Forbes' Names 2016's Highest-Paid Women in Music'Forbes' Names 2016's Highest-Paid Women in Music
The musician who tops the list earned $170 million this past year.
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Forbes has released their annual lists of highest paid female musicians, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Taylor Swift took the top spot having earned $170 million over the past year.

According to the publication's analysis, Swift's 1989 Tour grossed over $250 million, more than $200 million of which came from her North American leg, breaking Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang Tour record. In addition to touring, she also managed to earn money from album sales and her work with brands such as Apple and Diet Coke.

Adele is at No. 2, having earned $80.5 million over the past year from album sales (specifically from 25, the best selling album of last year). Madonna comes in third thanks to her Rebel Heart tour, and in fourth is Rihanna, who earned $75 million thanks to her tour and endorsement deals with Dior, Puma, and others.

At fifth place is Beyoncé, who earned $54 million from Lemonade sales and the massive Formation World Tour. As the cut-off date for the statistics that Forbes uses is June 1, 2016, Beyoncé is sure to rank higher on the list, her tour alone having grossed over $250 million.

Check out Forbes' entire list of top-earning women in music here.

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