Beyonce, Adele top list of Forbes’ highest paid female musicians 2017


Forbes has just released its 2017 list of the highest-paid women in music, and Beyonce Knowles proudly outshines other female contenders to occupy the number one spot. Bey raked in whopping $105 million during the publication’s scoring period from June 2016 to June 2017, which was mostly due to her incredibly successful Formation World Tour.

Following behind her, Adele sees the No. 2 spot with $69 million after her first full tour since 2011. Adele, whose “25” album broke first-week U.S. sales records in 2015 took second place despite having no endorsement no major endorsement in recent times.

Taylor Swift raked in $44 million to claim the No. 3 spot, representing a significant dip from the peak of her 1989 Tour. With the release of new alum Reputation—already the best-selling album of 2017—which came after the end of this list’s scoring period, look for her earnings total to rise significantly in next year’s accounting.

Celine Dion ranks fourth with $42 million, resuming a lucrative Las Vegas residency last February after going on hiatus in the wake of her husband’s January 2016 death. Jennifer Lopez rounds out the top five with $38 million, also boosted by a standing Sin City gig, as well as new show World of Dance, where she serves as both judge and producer.

The rest of the list proves that age is just a number: 71-year-old Dolly Parton (No. 6, $37 million) still tours with the rigor of stars half her age, grossing mid-six figures per city across 63 dates during our scoring period; Barbra Streisand (No. 10, $30 million) remains a huge draw even at 75, selling $46 million worth of tickets on her 14-show stint last year. Next up: Netflix special Barbra: The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic!


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