With a cool US$115mil (RM383mil) in her pocket, Bey takes top spot on Forbes’ list of highest paid women in music.

Beyonce is the highest paid woman in music in 2014, with estimated earnings of US$115mil, more than double what she pulled in last year, according to Forbes magazine.

The huge sum, most of which was from her world tour, propelled Beyonce, 33, from last year’s fourth place and put her firmly ahead of pop star Taylor Swift, 24, with US$64mil, who jumped up one spot from last year to No. 2. Pop singer Pink, 35, climbed up from No. 8 in 2013 to third with US$52mil.

All hail the queen: Beyonce takes the throne on Forbes' Top-Earning Women in Music 2014 list, with earnings estimated at US$115mil.

“Beyonce played 95 shows during our scoring period, bringing in an average of US$2.4mil per city,” says Forbes, citing data from the Pollstar trade magazine. The R&B singer’s self-titled album, released last December, and various endorsement deals also helped push her earnings up further, assuring her of the top spot.

Rounding out the top five on the annual list are Barbados-born Rihanna, 26, with US$48mil and Katy Perry, 30, who earned an estimated US$40mil. Lady Gaga, 28, slumped from No. 2 in 2013 to ninth place this year with estimated earnings of US$33mil. Meanwhile, Madonna, 56, who ranked No. 1 last year, failed to make the top 10.

Rich girls (clockwise from top left): Taylor Swift, Pink, Katy Perry and Rihanna.


Forbes compiled the list after estimating pre-tax income calculated for the 12 months from June 2013 to 2014 based on record sales, concert tickets, touring information merchandise sales and interviews with concert promoters, lawyers and managers. – Reuters

Forbes' 10 Top-Earning Women in Music 2014

1. Beyonce – US$115mil
2. Taylor Swift – US$64mil
3. Pink – US$52mil
4. Rihanna – US$48mil
5. Katy Perry – US$40mil
6. Jennifer Lopez – US$37mil
7. Miley Cyrus – US$36mil (tie)
7. Celine Dion – US$36mil (tie)
9. Lady Gaga – US$33mil
10. Britney Spears – US$30mil