Beyonce, Rihanna & Taylor Swift Are The Highest-Paid Women In Music

By Lauren Crawford

August 27, 2019

Who run the world?! GIRLS!

On Monday (August 26), Forbes released its World's Highest-Paid Women in Music list and let's just say, our favorite ladies are getting paid!

Taylor Swift topped the list of ten female performers, earning $185 million before taxes between June 2018 and June 2019. The massive sum — which is in large part due to her "Reputation Tour" that brought in $266 million — allowed her to surpass last year's top earner Katy Perry.

Beyoncé earned the number two spot on this year's list, moving up a spot from 2018. Queen Bey brought in an impressive sum for the year, earning a whopping $81 million (you know, chump change) thanks to her "On The Run II Tour" with her husband Jay-Z and her Homecoming live album and Netflix special.

Taking the third spot for the highest-paid woman in music was none other than Rihanna, who pulled in $62 million in the last year, most of which coming from her Fenty Beauty joint venture with LVMH.

Taylor's crowning as the highest-paid woman in music shouldn't come as a surprise given the fact that she topped Forbes list of Highest-Paid Celebrities last month. Her whopping $185 million put her ahead of #2 Kylie Jenner, #3 Kanye West, #4 Lionel Messi, and her good friend Ed Sheeran, who took the #5 spot.

To see the full list of "The World's Highest-Paid Women In Music 2019," keep scrolling!

The World’s Highest-Paid Women In Music

10. Shakira

Earnings: $35 million

9. Celine Dion

Earnings: $37.5 million

8. Lady Gaga

Earnings: $39.5 million

7. Jennifer Lopez

Earnings: $43 million

6. Ariana Grande

Earnings: $48 million

5. P!nk

Earnings: $57 million

4. Katy Perry

Earnings: $57.5 million

3. Rihanna

Earnings: $62 million

2. Beyoncé

Earnings: $81 million

1. Taylor Swift

Earnings: $185 million

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