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Swift earned the most as a female singer with $170m

By Lucy Mapstone

Taylor Swift has smashed her competition to be named the richest female musician, according to Forbes' Highest-Paid Women in Music list for 2016.

The 26-year-old US pop star has amassed earnings of $170m (£137.8m) over the past year, meaning she has earned more than double her nearest competitor, Adele.

The British singer took home $80.5m (£65.2m) to come second on the list.

Madonna comes in third with $76.5m (£62m) over the past year, and Rihanna follows closely behind with $75m (£60.8m).

Last year's number one, Katy Perry, lands in sixth place for the year after her world tour ended in October last year.

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