Taylor Swift may have had a controversial year with the entire Kanye West saga, but it did not affect her earning power in any way.
Taylor Swift is now the highest paid female musician in the world and she beat the number two on the list by a rather wide margin.
According to Forbes magazine, the bulk of her earnings came from her 1989 Tour, which grossed over a quarter of a billion dollars. She also made over 3 million from moving album equivalents during their scoring period and getting paid by brands which include Diet Coke, Apple, and Keds.
In the number two spot with total earnings of $80.5 million is Adele. She made most of her money from album sales, not surprising considering her 25 album was the best-selling album of 2015.
Madonna showed up at number 3 with $76.5 million most of which came from her Rebel Heart tour and Rihanna who managed to churn out radio hits even while touring pulled in $75 million.
Queen B was number 5 with $54 million most of which came from being on the road and her sixth No. 1 album, lemonade. Forbes suggests that Queen B will pull in a lot more clout in the ranking next year when the sizeable earnings from her Lemonade tour are added.
Check out the full top ten list of highest paid female musicians which Taylor Swift tops below;
- Taylor Swift – $170m (£137.8m)
- Adele – $80.5m (£65.2m)
- Madonna – $76.5m (£62m)
- Rihanna – $75m (£60.8m)
- Beyonce – $54m (£43.8m)
- Katy Perry – $41m (£33.2m)
- Jennifer Lopez – $39.5m (£32m)
- Britney Spears – $30.5m (£24.7m)
- Shania Twain – $27.5m (£22.3m)
- Celine Dion – $27m (£21.9m)
Entertainment attorney Lori Landew of Fox Rothschild gave Forbes a little glimpse into how Taylor Swift manages to pull in such impressive earnings. According to her; “She has been building her fan base for years, and that fan base crosses multiple market segments.”
Continuing, she said, “It’s this ability to appeal to younger and older audiences, and those in between, that makes Taylor such a sure bet with both concert promoters and brands who want to affiliate with her and with the community she has cultivated.”