Swift tops list of highest paid woman in music

Pop superstar Taylor Swift has been named the highest-paid woman in music after making a massive $220 million in the last year.

The 26-year-old made most of her money through her 1989 World Tour, which cashed in a quarter of a billion dollars worldwide.

The rest of the money was made through music sales and endorsements with Diet Coke, Apple and Keds, according to Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women in Music list for 2016.


“Taylor has completely overtaken everyone on our list due to the phenomenal success of her 1989 World Tour,” the magazine said.

“She played nearly twice as many dates as competitors like Adele and Rihanna during our scoring period, and managed to fill stadiums – the largest type of building one can play – throughout lucrative North American markets and beyond.”

In second spot was British songstress Adele who took home earnings of just over $100 million.

Madonna was third ahead of Rihanna, Beyonce and Katy Perry.

Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Shania Twain and Jennifer Lopez, who all have Vegas shows, rounded out the top ten.

Full list of top-earning female musicians for 2016

  1. Taylor Swift – $170m ($222m AUD)
  2.  Adele – $80.5m ($105m AUD)
  3.  Madonna – $76.5m ($1002m AUD)
  4.  Rihanna – $75m ($98m AUD)
  5.  Beyonce – $54m ($70m AUD)
  6. Katy Perry – $41m ($53m AUD)
  7. Jennifer Lopez – $39.5m ($51m AUD)
  8. Britney Spears – $30.5m ($40m AUD)
  9. Shania Twain – $27.5m ($36m AUD)
  10.  Celine Dion – $27m ($35m AUD)