Beyoncé Is Top-Earning Woman In Music

Beyoncé has been named 2014’s top-earning woman in music, doubling her earnings from the year before. With help from a new album, endorsement deals and an international tour, the 33-year-old star grew her fortune by an estimated $115 million in just 12 months. Forbes reports that 2013-14 was “the biggest year of [Beyoncé’s] career”: a bestselling new album, which is soon to be reissued; clothing and fragrance lines; sponsorships from H&M and Pepsi; and above all a hugely profitable tour. The singer played 95 gigs in the past year, grossing an average of $2.4 million in each city. It’s no wonder that in June, Forbes named her the most powerful celebrity in the world. Taylor Swift was the year’s second most profiting female musician, earning a career-high $64 million. This figure does not include any of the money from Swift’s new record, “1989,” which has sold more than 1.5 million copies during its first week on sale. But even with that revenue factored in, Beyonce would have been number one: these people make most of their money from touring and endorsements, not music sales.

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