Dolly Parton Tops List of Highest Paid Women in Country Music
Good Golly, Miss Dolly.
We're constantly amazed by Dolly Parton. Whether it's penning a children's album or making us chuckle on the "The Bobby Bones Show," the Smoky Mountain Songbird never ceases to impress and inspire us.
Now, Parton has a new accolade to add to her trove: She's the world's highest-paid woman in country music. The number one spot on Forbes' list of The World's Highest-Paid Women in Music 2017 went to Beyoncé, with Adele in second (rounding out the top 5 are Taylor Swift, Celine Dion, and Jennifer Lopez in third, fourth, and fifth, respectively).
"71-year-old Dolly Parton (No. 6, $37 million) still tours with the rigor of stars half her age, grossing mid-six figures per city across 63 dates during our scoring period," author Zack O'Malley Greenburg wrote of the highest grosses country star to make the list. The article attributes her earnings to her concert performances, along with income from Dollywood, her theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
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While it's certainly a sign of her star power to secure such a high spot on the list, it's also important to note how generous Parton is with her riches. Among other charitable acts this past year alone, she spent time visiting children at Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville and helped raise around $9 million for those affected by 2016's Great Smoky Mountains wildfires. Let's offer a well-deserved round of applause for the leading lady of country, ladies and gents.