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Here are the Year’s Highest-Paid Women in Music

You’d think that Adele would be at the top of the latest list from the wealth-obsessed Forbes magazine. Wrong.

Taylor Swift is the planet’s highest-paid female this year, making $170 million USD despite not releasing an album and performing exactly once. That’s more than twice what Adele has earned. Wow.

Note, too, the two Canadians on the list.

1. Taylor Swift – $170m

2. Adele – $80.5m

3. Madonna – $76.5m

4. Rihanna – $75m

5. Beyonce – $54m

6. Katy Perry – $41m

7. Jennifer Lopez – $39.5m

8. Britney Spears – $30.5m

9. Shania Twain – $27.5m

10. Celine Dion – $27m


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