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Beyonce Highest-Paid Woman in Music Industry With $105M, Forbes Says

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Beyonce's hit album "Lemonade" and world tour made her the highest-paid woman in music in 2017, according to an annual Forbes list on Monday, edging out Britain's Adele and pop star Taylor Swift.

The R&B singer earned some $105 million from record sales and from her "Formation" concert tour, according to Forbes. She also has her own Ivy Park fashion line and other business interests.

Adele, whose "25" album broke first-week U.S. sales records in 2015 and who completed her first major tour since 2011, made second place with an estimated $69 million, despite having no major endorsements for other products.

Swift, who topped the last year's list with $170 million in estimated earnings, raked in $44 million this time despite having finished her "1989" world tour. The singer is expected to see her earnings rise significantly in the next 12 months courtesy of her new album "Reputation" - the best-selling album of 2017 - and an upcoming tour.

Canadian superstar Celine Dion took the No.4 spot, earning some $42 million after taking a break from her Las Vegas residency following the death of her husband Rene Angelil in January 2016.

Taylor Swift, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez complete the top five highest female earners in the business.

Dolly Parton is a surprising sixth. Forbes says the 71-year-old brought in $37 million with the help of 63 shows during the yearlong period.

Forbes compiled the list after estimating pretax income for the 12 months from June 2016 to 2017, based on interviews with managers, agents, lawyers and some of the stars. It also looked at data from the Pollstar, the Recording Industry Association of America and tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan.

 

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