OK, now let’s get in formation and pay homage to the women who run the world. The music world, that is. Forbes released their list of Highest Paid Women in Music for 2017 and it shouldn’t be shocking that Beyoncé took the No. 1 spot, dethroning last year’s top-earning female musician, Taylor Swift. That’s right, in case you didn’t know, Bey is the queen and is capable of doing anything.
Forbes reports that Bey earned a cool $105 million pre-tax this year, mostly due to her visual album Lemonade and its ensuing Formation World Tour, the latter of which grossed a whopping quarter of a billion dollars. She also has her fingers in all kinds of pies, from her Ivy Park fashion line, all her fragrances, as well as endorsements with the likes of Pepsi and H&M. And she’s a supermom (and superwife) too. Swoon.
The business mag compiled the list by estimating their pre-tax income for the 12-month period from June, 1 2016, to June 1, 2017.
The other ladies on the list? Some might just surprise you. Check out the full ranking below.
The highest-paid female singers might surprise you
10. Barbra Streisand ($30 million)Like a fine wine, the 75-year-old just gets better with age. Her 14-show concert tour grossed $45 million, putting her career tour tally in the hundreds of millions. Babs is also the only act in history — female, male, band or group — to have a No. 1 album in six consecutive decades. We can't wait to hear the seventh one.Getty Images
9. Katy Perry ($33 million)Despite not touring in the scoring period, Perry still squeaked into the Top 10. But thanks to endorsement deals with CoverGirl, Claire's and H&M, plus her upcoming gig on the American Idol reboot, and the tour for her album Witness (which began in September and will conclude next August), we expect to see her much higher on 2018's list.Getty Images
8. Britney Spears ($34 million)Her lucrative Las Vegas residency brings in six figures a night, but that's all coming to an end at the end of 2017. That being said, her Britney: Piece of Me tour in Asia this summer will keep her on the list, for at least one more year.Getty Images
7. Rihanna ($36 million)RiRi proves she's not just a pretty voice (though she did fill up arenas over the past year). But it's her endorsement deals with the likes of Samsung and Dior (plus positions as a creative director for Puma and her cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty) that take her to the top. Add in her roles on Bates Motel last season and the hotly anticipated Ocean's Eight and ka-ching!Getty Images
6. Dolly Parton ($37 million)She isn't considered the queen of country for nothing. Dolly may be 71 but she still tours with the energy of stars a fraction of her age, grossing six figures in each city. The concerts in those cities plus what she makes from her Dollywood theme park puts Dolly at number 6.Getty Images
5. Jennifer Lopez ($38 million)Like Britney, J.Lo's Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood brings in a six-figure nightly fee. She's also got endorsements with L'Oreal (among others), her hit reality show World of Dance, where she serves as both judge and executive producer, drama Shades of Blue (in which she stars and also wears an executive producer hat). Whew.Getty Images
4. Céline Dion ($42 million)These Las Vegas residencies sure do pay off. Dion went on hiatus in the wake of her husband's death in January 2016, but is back to playing 70 gigs a year at Caesar's Palace. In 2016 alone, she banked $27 million.Getty Images
3. Taylor Swift ($44 million)Last year, she was far and away the leader of this pack, earning $170 million so, needless to say, it's a significant drop. But her lengthy break is over and her album Reputation — which just happens to be the best-selling album of 2017 — was released after Forbes' scoring period so expect to see her back on top next year.Getty Images
2. Adele ($69 million)These earnings all come from her magnificent voice as the singer has been known for turning down millions in endorsements. Adele grossed seven figures at each stop of her first major tour since 2011; how impressive a feat is that?Getty Images
1. Beyoncé ($105 million)Album adored by critics and fans? Check. Sold-out world tour? Check. Successful fashion brands? Check. Perfect family? Check, check, check. She's stacking money, money everywhere she goes.Getty Images