Beyoncé came in at the No. 1 mainly in part because the “Partition” singer has had such a successful year thus far. She released her breakout digital fifth album in December 2013, which came equipped with 14 videos. The album's second single “Drunk in Love” went platinum with more than 1 million copies sold world wide. And, she headlined a world tour. Over the course of 12 months, Bey reportedly performed a whopping 95 shows, earning $2.4 million at each stop, according to Pollstar.
After ending the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour earlier this year, she is now currently on track to make history with the second highest earning tour ever while doing the On the Run tour, the first joint tour for the Carters.
But that is just the music part; Queen Bey has levels. She has a pretty lofty empire which includes a perfume collection, featuring new scent Wild Orchid, her House of Dereon clothing line, and more. Bey had such a phenominal year from June 1, 2013 to June 1, 2014, Forbes estimated her earnings at $115 million.
Beyoncé isn’t the only Carter in the Top 10; Jay Z came in at No. 6, with an estimated $60 million in earnings accumulated from his Magna Carta … Holy Grail album, live shows, Roc Nation empire and D'Usse cognac.
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