AceShowbiz - Forbes has released its 2017 list of highest-paid women in music, revealing that Beyonce Knowles claimed the No. 1 spot. The "Love on Top" hitmaker dethroned last year's topper, Taylor Swift. Beyonce earned $105 million from June 2016 to June 2017. Her latest album "Lemonade" as well as her "Formation" world tour, which grossed a quarter of a billion dollar, contributed heavily to her earnings.
Trailing behind Beyonce was Adele, who took the No. 2 spot with $69 million. According to the magazine, the singer's recent tour contributed significantly to her earnings. Skylar Grey stated that the reason behind Adele's success might be because of the fact that the "When We Were Young" songstress' music appeals to listeners of all ages.
"Adele's music appeals to listeners of all ages all over the world with her undeniably powerful, emotional vocal interpretations paired with timeless songwriting and production," Skylar said. "No matter what genre someone generally subscribes to, it's hard to find a music lover who doesn't appreciate what she does."
Meanwhile, Taylor dropped two spots to No. 3. The "Look What You Made Me Do" songstress raked in $44 million. However, the income from her latest effort "Reputation", which has become the best-selling album of the year, was not calculated in her earning total. Thus, the magazine expected that the singer's earnings would rise significantly next year.
Celine Dion, who has resumed her Las Vegas residency after taking a break following husband Rene Angelil's death in 2016, occupied the No. 4 spot with $42 million. Rounding out the top five of the list was Jennifer Lopez. The 48-year-old singer raked in $38 million. The magazine attributed her success this year to her Sin City residency as well as her show "World of Dance".
Dolly Parton took No. 6 spot with $37 million, while Rihanna claimed No. 7 spot with $36 million. Other female musicians who made it to the top 10 of the list were Britney Spears ($34 million), Katy Perry ($33 million) and Barbra Streisand ($30 million).