Beyoncé Is Now the Highest-Earning Black Artist of All Time

Meghan Blalock

This is major: Beyoncé has officially surpassed artists like Michael Jackson, Prince, Janet Jackson, and others to become the highest-earning black artist of all time. The report, published in the latest issue of Billboard magazine, comes on the heels of her just-finished 132-show Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, which grossed $212 million, pushing her to top the list.

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To put in perspective just how much Beyoncé is raking in on the most recent leg of her tour, a 25-date trek through Europe, it’s speculated that she earned roughly $41 million. That’s more than a million dollars per show. In total, the tour sold 1.8 million tickets—and Bey is already planning her next series of live performances, a 16-city tour this summer with husband Jay Z. There’s really no telling how much money the power couple can bring in together.

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As of October, Michael Jackson was named the highest-earning deceased celebrity of all time, grossing $160 million between October 2012 and the following year. Beyoncé—with the advantage of being able to tour—smashed that record over the past year. Go Bey go!

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