Taylor Swift ‘is highest-paid woman in music’

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Taylor Swift performs in Times Square on New Year's Eve in New York, New York, U.S. December 31, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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Taylor Swift is the highest-paid woman in music, according to Forbes’ annual list, having earned more than double her nearest competitor Adele.

The 26-year-old pop star has amassed earnings of $170m (£137.8m) over the past year, mainly thanks to a world tour named after her recent 1989 album.

Adele is ranked second with estimated pre-tax income of $80.5m (£65.2m).

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Madonna comes in third place with estimated earnings of $76.5m (£62m), with Rihanna following closely behind.

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Beyonce is placed at five, with pre-tax income estimated at $54m (£43.8m), according to the magazine.

Swift’s pole position was virtually guaranteed earlier this year when she topped Forbes’ list of the 100 highest-paid celebrities.

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Katy Perry, ranked sixth this year, topped last year’s rundown of female pop stars with estimated earnings of $135m (£109.4m).

Forbes bases its the estimates on industry information as well as interviews with managers and agents, along with data given by the artists themselves.

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Here are the top 10 female pop stars on the Forbes list, which covers the period June 2015 to June 2016:

  • 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)
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