Beyonce has toppled Britain’s Adele and pop star Taylor Swift as the highest-earning female musician of 2017, according to an annual Forbes list on Monday.
The “Lemonade” star’s pretax earnings completely overshadowed others putting her head and shoulders above the person in second.
The Pop Diva and R&B singer earned some 105 million dollars from record sales and from her “Formation” concert tour, according to Forbes.
She also has her own Ivy Park fashion line and other business interests.
Adele, whose “25” album broke first-week U.S. sales records in 2015 and who completed her first major tour since 2011, made second place with an estimated 69 million dollars, despite having no major endorsements for other products.
Swift, who topped the last year’s list with 170 million dollars in estimated earnings, raked in 44 million dollars this time despite having finished her “1989” world tour.
The singer is expected to see her earnings rise significantly in the next 12 months courtesy of her new album “Reputation” – the best-selling album of 2017 – and an upcoming tour.
Taylor Swift, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez complete the top five highest female earners in the business.
Dolly Parton is a surprising sixth. Forbes says the 71-year-old brought in $37 million with the help of 63 shows during the yearlong period.
According to Forbes, the top 10 highest-paid women in music are as follows:
- Beyonce – $105 million
- Adele – $69 million
- Taylor Swift – $44 million
- Celine Dion – $42 million
- Jennifer Lopez – $38 million
- Dolly Parton – $37 million
- Rihanna – $36 million
- Britney Spears – $34 million
- Katy Perry – $33 million
- Barbra Streisand – $30 million