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Taylor Swift Tops List of Highest Paid Musicians In 2016

by Ryan Middleton   Nov 30, 2016 17:26 PM EST

Taylor Swift (Photo : Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for GLAAD)

Many musicians will never make much money of their course of their careers. However the stars at their peaks can make a lot of money. Taylor Swift had herself a banner year financially and it is showing, being named the highest paid musician in 2016.

Put together by Forbes each year, the title is a little misleading since the scoring period is from June 2015 to June 2016, but you can see just how much revenue each of these artists are pulling in over the course of a certain year.

Taylor Swift comes in at No. 1 with $170 million on the back of her 1989 World Tour and some record sales that never seemed to stop for her.

She topped the list over One Direction who remained relevant in this scoring period before their breakup. They earned $110 million during that period. Adele raked in $80.5 million during the scoring period, who is making some serious money from selling music.

Madonna comes in at four with $76.5 million, followed by Rihanna with $75 million. Then aging stars Garth Brooks, AC/DC and The Rolling Stones follow suit.

In a male dominated industry, seeing four of the top five earners as female is a refreshing sign. That doesn't mean it is that way throughout the rest of the list, which is dominated by men.

Below are the top 20 earners and head to Forbes to see the full list.

1. Taylor Swift ($170 million)
2. One Direction ($110 million)
3. Adele ($80.5 million)
4. Madonna ($76.5 million)
5. Rihanna ($75 million)
6. Garth Brooks ($70 million)
7. AC/DC ($67.5 million)
8. Rolling Stones ($66.5 million)
9. Calvin Harris ($63 million)
10. Diddy ($62 million)
11. Bruce Springsteen ($60.5 million)
12. Paul McCartney ($56.5 million)
13. Justin Bieber ($56 million, tie)
14. Kenny Chesney ($56 million, tie)
15. U2 ($55 million, tie)
16. The Weeknd ($55 million, tie)
17. Beyoncé ($54 million)
18. Jay Z ($53.5 million)
19. Luke Bryan ($53 million)
20. Muse ($49 million)

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