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Beyoncé tops Forbes' list of highest-earning women in music

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All hail Queen Bey.

Forbes released its 2017 list for the highest-paid women in music on Monday, revealing that Beyoncé leads the way with an eye-popping $105 million dollars pretax. She is the only person on the list to hit the nine-figures milestone.

Adele, earning roughly two-thirds of Beyoncé’s total, comes in at second place, with a handsome sum of $69 million dollars. Taylor Swift ($44 million), Celine Dion ($42 million), and Jennifer Lopez ($38 million) rank third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.

It should be noted that the sums and rankings come from pretax income during June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017, and do not take out fees charged by agents, managers, lawyers, and anyone else on the divas’ payrolls.

As a result of the timeframe, none of Swift’s income from her new album reputation — the best-selling music release of 2017 — is factored into the list. Instead, it will provide a very sizable boost to her totals for next year.

Check out the Forbes list for the rest of the top 10 and who just missed the cut.

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