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Beyoncé is the highest paid female musician in the world with $105m pretax


Queen Bey has won this year’s highest-paid woman in music, pulling in a whopping $105 million pretax, according to an annual Forbes list on Monday, edging out Britain's Adele and pop star Taylor Swift.

Lemonade was a hit with both critics and fans, giving Beyoncé her sixth solo No. 1. The R&B singer earned some $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 finished second, earning $69 million, boosted by seven-figure nightly grosses on her first proper tour since 2011. Taylor Swift raked in $44 million to claim the No. 3 spot, representing a significant dip from the peak of her 1989 Tour.

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.

Earning double-digit millions does not guarantee a spot on this vaunted list—as near misses Madonna, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande can attest.

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