Katy Perry tops Forbes' highest-paid women in music list
November 21, 2018
The just-released Forbes list of the year’s highest-paid women in music features both artists.
Perry raked in $83 million, before taxes — largely because of “Witness: The Tour” and her work as a judge on the rebooted American Idol — between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018, according to the magazine.
Taylor Swift pulled in a close second, at $80 million, and Forbes noted that the only reason she didn’t snag the list’s top spot is that most of the dates for her “Reputation Stadium Tour” were too late to count toward her income this year. The tour started May 8.
For the last few years, the idea of Perry and Swift hanging out together for fun would be unthinkable, with them trading thinly veiled barbs in song lyrics and interviews. But they made up in May after Perry sent Swift a wreath made of olive branches, and are evidently still on good terms. Perry commended Swift just last month for making a rare political statement.
The rest of the year’s highest-paid women in music include Beyoncé ($60 million); Pink ($52 million); Lady Gaga ($50 million); Jennifer Lopez ($47 million); Rihanna ($37.5 million); Helene Fischer ($32 million); Celine Dion ($31 million); and Britney Spears ($30 million).
The 2017 edition of the same list featured many of the same women in different places. Perry, for example, came in ninth, with earnings of $33 million, while Swift was third with $44 million. Both Adele ($69 million) and Beyoncé, who at a hefty $105 million claimed the No. 1 spot, commanded higher paychecks.