American singer-songwriter, Taylor Alison Swift has tops Forbes’s ranking of the world’s highest-paid women in music for 2019. Taylor Swift made the top spot on Forbes‘ list after earning a whopping $185 million pretax over the past year putting her ahead of Beyonce, Rihanna, and the likes of others.
Ten years ago, Taylor Swift was just an up-and-coming country music singer who was interrupted by Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards. Ten, years today, she’s the highest-paid woman in the music business, what a difference a decade makes! Fresh off her seventh studio album, Swift is the most-nominated act at this year’s VMAs—and the highest-paid woman in music.
According to People Magazine, most of Swift’s earnings came from her Reputation stadium tour. Running from May to November 2018 worldwide, the tour grossed a U.S.-record $266 million and was easily her most successful tour to date.
On the second spot is Queen B, Beyonce had earned $81 million in the year past, her earnings came mostly from last year’s On The Run II stadium tour, as well as her live album and Netflix film ‘Homecoming’.
Rihanna is in the third position on the list with $62 million. The majority of her recent earnings came from Fenty Beauty, the popular cosmetics line she launched in 2017.
See all of this year’s highest-paid women in music below:
1. Taylor Swift – $185 million
2. Beyoncé – $81 million
3. Rihanna – $62 million
4. Katy Perry – $57.5 million
5. P!nk – $57 million
6. Ariana Grande – $48 million
7. Jennifer Lopez – $43 million
8. Lady Gaga – $39.5 million
9. Celine Dion – $37.5 million
10. Shakira – $35 million