PICS: 2016’s Highest-Paid Women in Music

Countless tours roll through town and with Forbes recently announcing Taylor Swift, Adele and others in their annual list of 2016's highest-paid women in music, San Diegans can confidently say: "You're welcome."

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According to Forbes, Taylor Swift is the highest earning woman in music in 2016. Thanks to album sales, endorsement deals and worldwide tours (of which San Diego is occasionally a stop), big-name music stars were busy making money this year -- let’s take a look at who made the annual list. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)
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No. 10: Celine Dion’s "heart will go on" thanks to the $27.5 million she made off her Caesars Palace residency in Las Vegas. Her last San Diego show though, was at Valley View Casino Center on Nov. 25, 2008. Come back! (Info from / Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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No. 9: Coming in right above Dion, a star with a slightly more country lean -- Shania Twain -- made a staggering $27.5 million off her own Vegas residency at Caesars. Her latest San Diego show was at Valley View Casino Center on Aug. 22, 2015. (Info from / photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP)
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No. 8: Don’t call it a comeback -- Britney Spears hauled in $30.5 million this year, thanks to her run of shows at Planet Hollywood in Vegas (for which she recently signed a 2-year deal to continue). Unfortunately, she hasn't played San Diego since her Sept. 24, 2009 show at Valley View Casino Center. (Info from
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No. 7: Spears’ fellow Planet Hollywood resident, Jennifer Lopez, reaped $39.5 million off her own shows at the Vegas hotel/casino. Sadly, she hasn't performed in San Diego since 2007 when she headlined Cox Arena (now Viejas Arena). (Info from / Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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No. 6: The sixth highest-paid woman in music in 2016 was none other than Katy Perry, who netted $41 million this year, thanks to her $204-million-grossing Prismatic World Tour (which didn't stop in San Diego; her last area show was in 2011 at Valley View Casino Center). (Info from / Photo by: Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for the Starkey Hearing Foundation)
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No. 5: Bow down to the queen -- Queen Bey, that is. Beyonce made $54 million in 2016, thanks in no small part to her Formation World Tour which grossed over $250 million (and stopped at Qualcomm Stadium on May 12). Sure doesn’t hurt to have a No. 1 album like “Lemonade” either. (Info from
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No. 4: She recently tied Elvis Presley with her 21st top 5 single on the charts -- so it’s no surprise that Rihanna cast a large financially rewarding umbrella over 2016 with a hefty $75 million paycheck. We're still reminiscing about her May 9, 2016 show at Viejas Arena. (Info from
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No. 3: You know her as the “Material Girl,” and with the $76.5 million she made in 2016, the name fits -- Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour grossed more than $170 million worldwide (and included a Valley View Casino Center stop on Oct. 29, 2015), bringing her overall estimated monetary worth to $560 million. Wowsers. (Info from / Photo courtesy of Getty Images)
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No. 2: "Hello"…we’re hoping Adele can hear us while she’s swimming through her gold vault of money ala Scrooge McDuck. In all seriousness, the vocally blessed singer made $80.5 million in 2016, thanks to the millions she makes every night of her current tour (which made absolutely zero stops in San Diego, what gives?) and actual album sales (remember those?). (Info from / Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
No. 1: No shocker here -- Taylor Swift hit 2016 with a money-making vengeance, netting a whopping $170 million thanks to her chart-topping “1989” album and the album’s subsequent world tour, which stopped at Petco Park on Aug. 29, 2015 and grossed more than $250 million (a U.S. record by the way). (Info from
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