After topping Forbes’ lists of highest paid women in music and highest earning celebrities under 30, this country-gone-pop singer has officially been crowned the highest paid musician of 2016.
Highlights of her year include smashing the Rolling Stones’ North American touring record and big-time endorsement deals with the likes of Keds, Diet Coke, and Apple. Her ear for hooks and keen business sense earned her a whopping US$170 million this year – a number that makes her not just the highest earning musician of 2016, but also the highest paid celebrity of any kind on the planet.
“She not only delivers with solid music and great live concert performance experiences, but she is also young, poised, beautiful and—so far—relatively non-controversial,” attorney Lori Landew of Fox Rothschild told Forbes. “She appears to be particularly well-suited to handling the pressures that her lifestyle presents. When you put this all together, you have a recipe for enormous success.”
She’s followed on the list by One Direction, the top-grossing boyband of all time, and a string of other high-power female musicians. Adele ranks third, and has the added honour of being one of the few acts still making more on recorded music than anything else. Madonna takes the forth spot thanks to her Rebel Heart tour. Rihanna rounds out the top five with her own combo of live gigs and endorsements.
Have you figured out which hitmaker comes in at number one? Check out the top ten highest paid musicians of 2016 above, and view the full list here.