Forbes has released yet another list that will inevitably make you want to send a sympathy card to your bank account. This time Forbes has compiled a list of the world’s highest-paid women in music for 2017. Beyonce is already the kind of wealthy that has me scratching my head and wondering if she uses regular people toilet paper, or if one of her minions cuts up white cashmere sweaters into little squares for her each morning. She’s also insanely successful. And so, unsurprisingly, she pulled in some serious Beyonce-levels of money this year.
To calculate how much money Beyonce was paid, they looked at her pretax income from June 2016 to June 2017. Here’s what happened during that time for Beyonce. After she released Lemonade in April of 2016, she began playing shows on her Formation World Tour (which brought in more than a quarter of a billion dollars). Lemonade also won a whole bunch of awards, including two Grammys. Lemonade and the subsequent Formation tour was good business for Beyonce; Forbes says it helped Beyonce to make $105 million this year.
Here’s the top ten. Not a surprise that Adele got the number 2 spot (she was also on tour with the Adele Live 2016/2017 Tour, which brought in almost $168 million). Taylor Swift took number three, which is crazy, since I feel like Taylor spent most of 2016 and 2017 hiding in her castle, making paper mache snakes. Must be all those checks from the good people at Diet Coke, I guess.
1. Beyonce – $105 million
2. Adele – $69 million
3. Taylor Swift – $44 million
4. Celine Dion – $42 million
5. Jennifer Lopez – $38 million
6. Dolly Parton – $37 million
7. Rihanna – $36 million
8. Britney Spears – $34 million
9. Katy Perry – $33 million
10. Barbra Streisand – $30 million
I need to remind myself that those are all pretax amounts. So once Uncle Sam gets his sticky hands on his piece, Beyonce will have made less than $105 million. And she just had two new babies, too! Ugh, that poor family; how will they make ends meet? Not to mention that $105 million is only the technical amount of money she made. That number could easily have been at least $800 million higher if it was possible to monetize the 6.2 billion conversations about who Becky is and if her hair really is as good as Beyonce says.