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Forbes announces highest-paid women in music 2017

Forbes has announced the 2017 list for the highest earning women in music.

21st November 2017
/ By Matthew Whitehouse

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Former Destiny’s Child, and solo mega-star, Beyoncé topped the list with a whopping $105m (£79.29m), raking in over double Taylor Swift's annual payout.

Forbes' list of highest-earning women in music was calculated based on pre-tax earnings from June 2016 to June 2017.

Read the full list below:

Beyoncé – $105m (£79.29m)
With her Formation world tour grossing a quarter of a billion dollars and her sixth solo album 'Lemonade' hitting the number one spot and garnering both critical and fan acclaim, the singer took home a whopping $105 million.

Adele – $69m (£52.10m)
With a tour that grossed seven figures per date, Adele is a heavy hitter in the live music world. But despite beating Beyoncé to a Grammy for best album this year, the "Hello" singer takes second place on this list with $69 million.

Taylor Swift – $44m (£33.2m)
Taylor Swift’s album Reputation is the best selling album this year, despite its release just under two weeks ago (November 10). Reputation came out after this list was compiled, but will have a big impact on her standing in next year's rankings.

Celine Dion – $42m (£31.71m)
Thanks to an extremely lucrative residency in Las Vegas, and a likely never-ending revenue stream from My Heart Will Go On, the Canadian singer has made $42 million this year.

Jennifer Lopez – $38m (£28.69m)
Lopez’s multiple endorsement deals, executive producer and judge spots on World of Dance along with a popular, six figure-per-show Las Vegas residency all add up to a cool $38 million.

Dolly Parton  $37m (£27.94m)
The 71-year-old country legend is going strong on the tour circuit and with revenue flowing in from her Dollywood theme park, the Nine to Five singer is keeping many of her younger competitors at bay.

Rihanna – $36m (£27.18m)
Boasting a cosmetics line, a deal with Samsung, guest spots on TV shows and sell-out shows around the world, it’s no wonder the Barbadian singer is in the top 10.

Britney Spears – $34m (£25.67m)
Britney pulled in $34 million thanks to a high paying Las Vegas residency and her Piece of Me tour.

Katy Perry – $33m (£24.92m)
Thanks to the Firework singer's multiple endorsement deals with Claire’s Accessories, H&M and CoverGirl, new album Witness and a spot on American Idol, the 33-year-old just makes it into the top 10.

Barbra Streisand – $30m (£22.65m)
The 75-year-old enjoyed a number one album last year with Encore and also partnered with Netflix for a special – Barbra: The Music...The Memories...The Magic! – that streams this Wednesday (November 22).