Who run the world? Beyonce.

Beyonce replaces Taylor Swift as the richest woman in music this year.

The “Formation” singer earned $105 million between June 2016 and June 2017, Forbes reports.

How did Beyonce amass such a fortune within a year? The singer’s album, Lemonade, was only available for purchase upon its release (as in, it could not be streamed), and it sold astoundingly well. That, and the Formation World Tour grossed a quarter of a billion dollars(!!!). So, yeah, she edged out Adele and Taylor with ease.

The 25 songstress took the second spot with $69 million followed by Taylor with $44 million at No. 3. Expect Taylor to dominate 2018, though. Reputation is the best-selling album of the year and tickets for her tour are in high demand.

What other female pop stars landed in the Top 10? Celine Dion comes in at No. 4 with $42 million, JLo takes the No. 5 position with $38 million, Rihanna comes in at No. 7 with $36 million and the legendary Miss Britney Spears at No. 8 with $34 million.

Forbes’ Top 10 Highest Paid Women in Music: June 2016-June 2017
1. Beyoncé: $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

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  1. I think it’s interesting that Dolly Parton is in 6th place, among such young, talented and famous singers. I know it would be silly to mention all ten names in the list, there’s a reason why you post it in the end, but in this case I don’t think her name should be skipped: the woman is 71 years old and nowadays has no real impact in the global culture of adolescents and young adults in the world (like Queen Britney and the rest do), yet she’s earning as much money or more as her peers. I am not even a Dolly fan, I barely know her, but I know enough to realise that this is huge for her. ANNND not to be a petty feminist because I’m actually not, but if this was about some old men like Paul McCartney or Tony Bennett or whatever (men are boring, those were the only ones that came fast to my mind…thank you Gaga…), we would be hearing about their astonishing achievements, let alone Elvis or Michael and how they keep earning money from their freaking tombs.

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