Forbes Names World’s Highest-Paid Women in Music 2018

The top ten highest paid women in music 2018 have been named by Forbes Magazine.

And one of the hardest-working names on the list, Katy Perry comes on top.

She grossed over $1M per night for the 80 dates of her Witness: The Tour in Forbes’ June-June time frame.

Katy Perry is also earned up to $20M for her role as a judge on ABC’s American Idol reboot.

Taylor Swift ranks second with Beyoncé completing the top three.

There were plenty of female musicians who had lucrative years but didn’t quite make the list.

Among them: Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Selena Gomez, Madonna, Halsey and Janet Jackson, all of whom tallied double-digit millions.



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

Sources include Nielsen SoundScan, NPD BookScan, insider interviews and Forbes estimates.

Additional reporting by Natalie Robehmed and Rebecca Lerner.

Below is the Full List;

  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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