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It has been two full years since Taylor Swift has released any new music, but that certainly does not mean she has been idle. In fact, quite the opposite. The country-gone-pop star has topped Forbes‘s just-released list of the year’s highest-paid women in music.

Swift easily outstrips the rest of the competition, earning more than twice the amount of the second-place holder Adele. She raked in a cool $170 million over the course of the year, thanks in large part to her blockbuster 1989 World Tour. She also, somewhat controversially, has pulled her music from Spotify, allowing for more direct album sales.

That said, runner-up Adele’s earnings were almost entirely comprised of sales from her album 25, more than any other artist on the list. The remaining three artists in the top five mostly collected their cash from tours. Madonna came in third with her mammoth Rebel Heart Tour, Rihanna in fourth with the ANTI World Tour (though her collaborations with PUMA certainly helped her total) and Beyoncé rounds out the top five with the success of Lemonade and the Formation World Tour.

In other music news, Justin Timberlake has confirmed that he is back in the studio with the one and only Pharrell Williams. Read all about it right here.

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