Taylor Swift Is Forbes' Highest-Paid Musician in the World of 2016

Taylor Swift Is Forbes' Highest-Paid Musician in the World of 2016

Taylor Swift is the highest paid musician of 2016, according to a new Forbes magazine list. She pulled in a gross total of more than $US200 million on the North American portion of her 1989 world tour.

The "Bad Blood" singer was followed by One Direction, the English-Irish pop band, which brought in $110 million, grossing $200 million-plus for its recent On The Road Again Tour. Now, they've removed gender from the equation and made it official: In 2016, no one in music is getting money like T-Swift. Members of the band include Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and, previously, Zayn Malik.

Boy band One Direction raked in over £88 million, while "Hello" singer Adele pocketed a handsome £64 million.

The next two acts each rejoin the list for the first time in three years: Adele, 28, hits No. 3 with $80.5 million from her new album and an arena tour; and Madonna, 58, ranks No. 4 with $76.5 million from her "Rebel Heart Tour" and clothing and perfume deals.

Other notable musicians among the top 30 earners included Justin Bieber earning $US56 million (13th place with Kenny Chesney), Beyonce taking home $US54 million (17th place) and Canadian rapper Drake in the 30th spot, earning $US38.5 million.

To compile the list, Forbes looked at pretax income from concerts, record sales, publishing, endorsements and other business ventures, using data from Nielsen SoundScan, Pollstar and RIAA, and information from industry sources.