Beyoncé drops a surprise album, and look what happens…

Beyonce poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif.

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Beyoncé drops a surprise album, and look what happens…
She now takes her seat as #1 female in the music industry for 2014.
Hey, Taylor Swift: Just a little to the left, to the left.Beyoncé earned $115 million from June 2013 to June 2014, beating out Swift to become the top earning woman in music this year, Forbes reported on Tuesday.Swift’s earnings weren’t paltry; the “Shake It Off” singer raked in $64 million in the same time period, securing herself the No. 2 spot. Of course, the tide could quickly shift in Swift’s favor, considering her debut pop album 1989 just hit platinum status after only one week.We’re not discrediting Beyoncé’s ability to hold her own. The singer recently announced that a deluxe box set version of her 2013 surprise album would be released in November.

In 2013, Forbes reported that Queen B had grossed $53 million in the past year (placing her at No. 4), meaning she has beyoncetourmore than doubled earnings this year. Madonna topped last year’s list with $125 million in earnings.

Beyoncé’s 2014 world tour was one of the most publicized of the year and contributed largely to her success; Forbes estimates she raked in, on average, $2.4 million per city. Her H&M and Pepsi endorsement deals also factored i — in a big way.

Considering Swift has endorsement deals with Diet Coke, CoverGirl and Subway, as well a recently announced world tour in 2015, the winner of this battle is anyone’s guess.

Pink finished as No. 3 on the Forbes list ($52 million); Rihanna ranked No. 4 ($48 million); and Katy Perry placed No. 5 ($40 million). Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears rounded out the rest of the top 10. Previously, Spears topped the 2012 list, earning $58 million — she dropped to $20 million this year.

Forbes calculates earnings from totaling “income from touring, record sales, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements,” among other factors.

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