Forbes’ 2016 list of highest paid women in music

November 2, 2016

Taylor Swift earned $170 million in 2016 – according to Forbes’ Annual Highest Paid Women In Music List. 


Swift, 26, brought in more than $200 million on the North American portion of her “1989” world tour. Last year, Swift was #2 bringing in an estimated $80 million.

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Adele, 28, ranked second on Forbes’ list with $80.5 million in earnings.


Madonna, who was named the highest-paid woman in music in 2013, ranked 3rd this year. In the past 12 months, Madonna, 58, earned a total of $76.5 million.


Rihanna made $75 million and received a lifetime achievement award at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 28.


Beyonce was #5 on the list, making $54 million in 2016.


Collectively, the 10 women on Forbes’ list earned more than $600 million this year.

Forbes compiled the list after estimating pretax income for the 12 months from June 2015 to 2016 based on interviews with managers, agents, lawyers and some of the stars. It also looked at data from the Pollstar, the Recording Industry Association of America and tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan.


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