Beyonce Earned More Than Any Other Woman in Music This Year

Beyonce topped Forbes’ list of 2014’s highest-paid female musicians, earning nearly double what runner-up Taylor Swift did ($64 million). Beyoncé also doubled her own earnings from 2013, reportedly climbing from $53 million to $115 million.

As outrageous as those figures may be, it still falls short of Madonna’s $125 million earnings from 2013. (Conversely, the $58 million that put Britney Spears atop 2012’s list seems like relative chump change.)

Beyonce’s grand fortune comes largely from The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, the surprise album she released in December and endorsement deals with brands like Pepsi and H&M, Forbes reports. (Calculations were tracked from June 2013 to June 2014.)

Pink, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga return from 2013’s Top 10, with Britney Spears again appearing on the list after being absent last year, and Miley Cyrus and Celine Dion joining their ranks.

There were some notable absentees this year: Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj (all of whom appeared on 2013’s list) as well as Adele, Shakira and Sade (all of whom appeared on 2012’s list).

To see these artists’ earnings and learn why their pocketbooks are so stuffed, head over to Forbes.

This article previously published on huffingtonpost


BONUS: The Evolution of Beyonce

media: Mashable

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