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Forbes Announces World’s Highest-Paid Women In Music 2018

Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé Among World’s Highest-Paid Women In Music 2018. See Full List!

Katy Perry has toppled Taylor Swift to be named in Forbes magazine’s 2018 list of the highest-paid women in music, with earnings of $83 million (£64 million), pretax during the 12 months, thanks to 80 dates of her worldwide Witness tour, as well as sitting on the judging panels for ABC’s American Idol reboot.



Katy was followed in the list by Swift, who placed second with pre-tax earnings of $80 million (£62 million), thanks to the success of her sixth album Reputation, which sold two million copies worldwide in its opening week, and the launch of her Reputation Stadium tour.

Forbes suggests that Taylor would have taken the top spot if more of her tour dates fell inside the scoring period.


Beyonce rounded off the top three, bringing in $60 million (£47 million), thanks to her performance at Coachella earlier this year and her joint album with husband JAY-Z.

Pink and Lady Gaga finished the top five, with earnings of $52 million (£40 million) and $50 million (£38 million) respectively.

Jennifer Lopez came in sixth position ($47 million, £36 million), Rihanna was seventh ($37.5 million, £29 million) and Russian-German singer Helene Fischer came in eighth ($32 million, £25 million).

Celine Dion and Britney Spears concluded the top 10, after raking in $31 million (£24 million) and $30 million (£23 million) apiece.

Figures are calculated using ‘pretax earnings from 1 June 2017, through 1 June 2018, before deducting fees for agents, managers, lawyers and estate executors’.

Forbes’ highest paid women in music in 2018:

  1. Katy Perry ($83 million)
  2. Taylor Swift ($80 million)
  3. Beyoncé ($60 million)
  4. Pink ($52 million)
  5. Lady Gaga ($50 million)
  6. Jennifer Lopez ($47 million)
  7. Rihanna ($37.5 million)
  8. Helene Fischer ($32 million)
  9. Celine Dion ($31 million)
  10. Britney Spears ($30 million)

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