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Top earning women in music

Measured from June 2015 to June 2016, these are the biggest hitting women in the music industry in terms of money.

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As Beyonce once said, "Who run the world? GIRLS" and it is overwhelmingly true if you take a look at the top 5 highest paid women in music for 2016.

These major hitters topped the list thanks to world tours, endorsement deals, and — at least for Adele — actual album sales.

Coming in at number 5 Queen B herself, Beyonce with $54 million. Forbes Magazine has predicted that this year you can expect her to be much higher on the list thanks to Lemonade and the "Formation" world tour.

With a small fortune of $75 million Rihanna comes in at number 4.

The queen of reinvention makes it on to the list at number 3 with $76.5 million

Thanks to her come back album '25' Adele finds herself at number 2 with a total of $80.5 million

Untouchable at pole position is Taylor Swift with $170 million. The bulk of her career-best haul came from her 1989 Tour, which grossed over a quarter of a billion dollars. More than $200 million of that came in North America, where Swift shattered the Rolling Stones’ record.

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