Who is the highest-paid woman in music this year?


Step aside Taylor Swift, because Beyonce is officially the highest-paid woman in music. According to Forbes, she earned US$105 million pretax this year.

The article also stated, "Lemonade was a hit with both critics and fans, giving Beyonce her sixth solo No. 1. The ensuing Formation World Tour, much of it falling into our list's scoring period, grossed a quarter of a billion dollars."

Joining Queen B on the list are Adele who earned US$69 million, giving her the number two spot. Taylor Swift came in third with US$44 million and Celine Dion got the fourth spot by earning US$42 million this year. Finishing off the top five is Jennifer Lopez with US$38 million.

The 5 most well-paid Asians in Forbes' list of highest paid celebrities

  • Coming in at #39, Jackie Chan is the highest ranked Asian celebrity on Forbes' global list of highest-paid celebrities.
  • His earnings are at US$49 million (S$68 million).
  • Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan is at #65, with US$38 million in earnings.
  • Known as the "King of Bollywood," his most recent movie Raees was released in January.
  • Salman Khan, also a famous Bollywood actor, occupies spot #71 with earnings of US$37 million.
  • In addition to being an actor, Khan is also a producer, television personality, singer, and philanthropist.
  • Akshay Kumar snatches #80 with US$35.5 million in earnings.
  • The Bollywood actor has been in front of cameras for over a quarter of a century and has starred in 4 movies in the last 12 months, according to Forbes.
  • At #92, Kei Nishikori is the fifth and final Asian celebrity in Forbes's list.
  • He is a top tennis player in Japan and made history as the first Asian player to make a men's Grand Slam final when he reached the final two at the U.S. Open in 2014. His earnings are US$33.9 million.

After announcing their list, Forbes brought up the issue of equality in the music industry. "Despite the success of the female stars on the list, there are regrettably still more than twice as many men than women among music's top-earning stars." We hope the women on this list continue to change that.

Congratulations, ladies!


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