Looks like The Queen Bee has edged out Adele and Taylor Swift for the cashed-up crown. R&B sensation Beyonce has dethroned fellow musician Taylor Swift as the highest-earning female musician of 2017, according to an annual Forbes list.
The publication released its 2017 list of the highest-paid women in music on Monday, revealing that Beyonce leads the way with an eye-popping USD 105 million dollars pretax.
The Lemonade hit-maker is the only person on the list to hit the nine figures milestone.
The report attributed her success in 2017 to the release of her sixth studio album, Lemonade, as well as her 'Formation World Tour' which grossed a quarter billion dollars.
Adele, whose 25 album broke first-week of the US sales records in 2015 and who completed her first major tour since 2011, occupied the second place with an estimated USD 69 million, despite having no major endorsements for other products.
Swift, who topped the last year's list with USD 170 million in estimated earnings, raked in USD 44 million this time despite having finished her 1989 world tour.
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.
With Celine Dion (USD 42 million), and Jennifer Lopez (USD 38 million) rounding off the Top 5 with rank fourth and fifth, respectively.
According to Forbes, the top 10 highest-paid women in music are as follows:
1) Beyonce - USD 105 million
2) Adele - USD 69 million
3) Taylor Swift - USD 44 million
4) Celine Dion - USD 42 million
5) Jennifer Lopez - USD 38 million
6) Dolly Parton - USD 37 million
7) Rihanna - USD 36 million
8) Britney Spears - USD 34 million
9) Katy Perry - USD 33 million
10) Barbra Streisand - USD 30 million