Taylor Swift Is the Highest-Paid Artist of 2016
We already had an idea of how much Taylor Swift was separating herself from the rest of the financial field this year when Forbes declared her the year's highest-paid woman in music. Now, they've removed gender from the equation and made it official: In 2016, no one in music is getting money like T-Swift.
Forbes says that during their scoring period -- from June 1, 2015 to June 1, 2016 -- Swift made an estimated $170 million, "thanks to her mega-successful 1989 tour and various product endorsements." That's about $60 million more than their second-biggest earner: One Direction, who raked in a still-pretty-good $110 mil for the period.
Adele rates third in the Forbes financial rankings with $80 million, though the site points out that the diamond-selling singer-songwriter is "one of the few acts still making more on recorded music than anything else." The top five is rounded out by Billboard Woman of the Year honoree Madonna ($76.5 million) and Pandora queen Rihanna ($75 million).
Read more about the top earners of the music world here.