Beyoncé At Head of “Highest Paid Women In Music List”


By Ryan Velez

It’s been a good year for Beyoncé, recently welcoming her twins into the world. Now, according to RollingOut, she can name another accomplishment: being the highest-earning woman in music for 2017 according to Forbes. This includes edging out Adele and Taylor Swift, who held the top rank the year before.

According to Forbes, Beyoncé had several different revenue streams contributing to this number. This includes earning around $105 million 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 was second on the list. She earned $69 million, boosted by seven-figure nightly grosses on her first proper tour since 2011. This is impressive, considering that she didn’t have the major endorsements for other products that many of her contemporaries on the list do. Taylor Swift had the third-ranking spot, with $44 million this year. Don’t be surprised if she starts earning more soon, though. 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. As a result, we may see her and Beyonce ping-ponging the honor back and forth when the time comes for next year’s list.

The rest of the top 10 reads as follows:

  1. Celine Dion ($42 million)

  2. Jennifer Lopez ($38 million)

  3. Dolly Parton ($37 million)

  4. Rihanna ($36 million)

  5. Britney Spears ($34 million)

  6. Katy Perry ($33 million)

  7. Barbara Streisand ($30 million)

Interestingly, despite impressive numbers, there are nearly twice as many men than women on the list of top-earning stars overall. Katy Perry mentioned her plans to try and change that. "I am proud of my position as a boss, as a person that runs my own company," she told Forbes. "I'm an entrepreneur. ... I don't want to shy away from it. I actually want to kind of grab it by its balls."

Forbes compiled the list after estimating pretax income for the 12 months from June 2016 to 2017, 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.