Forbes Crowns Beyonce as Highest Paid Woman in Music Ime Ekpo November 21, 2017 Digital Entertainment, Her Source, News After a very successful run for her sixth solo debut, Forbes has crowned Beyoncé as the highest paid woman in music. Concluded by a yearlong period from June 2016 to June 2017, Beyoncé earned an immense $105 million. The victory of The Formation World Tour propped her earnings, which grossed a whopping $250 million. Moreover, Queen Bey’s sixth solo album Lemonade went certified platinum by RIAA in 2016. Nielsen’s 2016 Year-end report records the album to have sold 1.52 million copies and 21 million album equivalent units in the United States. Lemonade created room for the “All Night” pop-star to break records, once again. She became the first female to simultaneously chart 12 or more song on the US Billboard Hot 100, with every song on Lemonade entering the chart. Beyoncé broke the record she had tied with DMX by becoming the first artist to have their six studio album hit number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Lemonade set the record for the most streamed album in a week by a female artist, ever, with 115 million streams. In order to curate the ‘highest paid women in music’ list, Forbes calculates an artist’s pre-tax income from a yearlong period June 1st, 2016-June 1st, 2017 in which agent, manager, and lawyer fees are included. Data from the RIAA, Nielsen SoundScan, and PollStar was gathered, along with the input from ‘industry insiders.” Adele, who shared her 2017 Album of the Year Grammy with Beyoncé in recognition of Lemonade, follows number 2 earning 69 million. Taylor Swift grabs number 3, earning 44 million, Celine Dion hoards the number 4 spot with earnings at 42 million, while Jennifer Lopez grazes the top fifth spot at 38 million.