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Forbes crowns Beyonce as the highest paid woman in music

21 November 2017

Beyoncé has dethroned Taylor Swift as the highest-paid woman in music. It's worth noting that she also topped the list past year with $170 million following her 1989 World Tour, plus several endorsements, so the scales very well might tip back in 2018. The article attributes her success in 2017 to the release of her sixth studio album, "Lemonade", as well as the ensuing "Formation World Tour", which grossed a quarter billion dollars.

Forbes released its 2017 list for the highest-paid women in music on Monday, revealing that Beyoncé leads the way with an eye-popping $105 million dollars pretax.

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Adele also had one heck of a year as she set out on what may be her last tour for quite a while - though she can likely afford to take time off with the estimated $69 million she earned in 2017.

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Trailing along at a distant second came Adele with $69 million, and in third, a practically impoverished Taylor Swift, who netted just $44 million. Celine Dion: $42 million 5. Britney Spears: $34 million 9. Forbes says the 71-year-old brought in $US37 million ($NZ54 million) with the help of 63 shows 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.

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