Taylor Swift Debuts ‘Red,’ Tops ‘Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women List [Listen]

Singer Taylor Swift made one of the top spots on Forbes‘ highest female earners list, a pretty good slice of PR with just a few weeks left until the release of her highly-anticipated new album, Red.

Forbes‘ annual list of highest-paid women in the entertainment industry went up yesterday, and the results reflect what you probably already expected. As usual, Oprah Winfrey sits at the top with a $165 million earned last year, followed by Britney Spears (who was absent from the list in 2011) with $58 million. Swift came in at number three with $57 million.

Ellen DeGeneres and Rihanna tied for fourth/fifth with $53 million, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez tied for sixth/seventh with $52 million, and Katy Perry, Gisele Bundchen, and Judge Judy rounded out the eighth-through-tenth spots with $45 million each.

Also in the news for Taylor Swift fans – the singer has debuted the title track of her upcoming album Red, which is sure to please fans who were slightly disappointed by the overt pop of “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” Notes Rolling Stone, “Red” is “overall more reminiscent of Swift’s break-out broken-hearted anthems. With banjos flying, strings swelling and guitars wailing, Swift keeps her lyrics simple but effective: ‘Loving him was blue like I’ve never known / Missing him was dark grey, all alone / Forgetting him was like ruing to know somebody you never met / But loving him was red.’ ”

Red is out on October 22, but you can listen to the title track below. Let us know what you think, Taylor Swift fans!

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