Music Charts — July 12, 2016 at 3:39 pm

Taylor Swift is officially the highest paid musician of 2016


There certainly isn’t a lot of ‘Blank Space’ in Taylor Swift’s bank account. The pop diva raked in an incredible $170 million across the past year, earning her the no. 1 spot on the 2016 FORBES Celebrity 100 poll.



The ‘Shake It Off’ star more than doubled last year’s total of $80 million, thanks to her star-studded “1989 World Tour.” The 88 date tour saw more than 2 million fans attend the tour and brought in more than a quarter of a billion dollars in revenue. Taylor Swift, thanks to some crafty endorsement deals saw her bank balance significantly boosted by putting her name behind brands like Diet Coke and Apple.


One Direction claimed the title for second spot, bringing in a tidy $110 million across the past year despite the departure of Zayn Malik who left the group to pursue his own projects.


Female artists dominated the top end of the chain with fellow songstresses Adele taking spot No. 9 and bringing in $80.5 million (and claiming the title as the only musician to make more than half her money from her music), Madonna took spot number 12, earning $76.5 million, Rihanna added a cool $75 million to her bank balance to snare spot No. 13.


Adele took spot No 9 and earned over $80.5 million last year.


Other notable additions to the list were country artist Garth Brooks, who at place No. 14, made $70 million, largely thanks to the crooner’s comeback tour,now into its second year. AC/DC’s world tour saw them add $67.5 million to their bank balance to take place no. 17 and Big Bang came in at No. 54 with $44 million across the year.


Swift’s rival Katy Perry, who earned $135 million last year to take the top spot, had a less successful year, only(!) adding $41 million to claim the No. 66 spot on this year’s list.



According to Forbes, “fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted. Figures are based on numbers from Nielsen, Pollstar, Box Office Mojo, Songkick and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders and many of the stars themselves. The result is the definitive index of who’s making what in the global business of fame.”

The publication went on to assert that the World’s 100 Highest-Paid Celebrities “pulled in $5.1 billion pretax over the past 12 months, more than the GDP of Belize, Gambia and Bhutan–combined.”