Katy Perry edges out Taylor Swift on list of highest-paid female musicians

Forbes are behind the new findings, which are derived from estimated pre-tax earnings

Katy Perry has been named as the highest-paid woman in music – edging out her former rival Taylor Swift in the process.

The findings come from a newly-published list by Forbes, which used pre-tax earnings of female artists from June 1, 2017, through to June 1, 2018 – before then deducting such expenses as agents, managers, lawyers and estate executors.

Perry has risen from her 2017 position as the ninth highest-paid female artist to become the top earner, with Forbes estimating that she earned $83 million (£64.9 million) between June 2017 and June 2018. Forbes credits Perry’s uptake in earnings as being down to the success of her ‘Witness’ tour (which grossed over $1 million per night) and her job as a judge on American Idol, which the publication claims Perry earns upwards of $20 million for.


Katy Perry

Forbes did note that the majority of Swift’s ‘Reputation’ tour dates fell outside of their scoring period, which could explain why she missed out on the top spot in this year’s list.

See Forbes‘ full list of the highest-paid female musicians in 2018 below.

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)

Despite the narrative which has emerged from Forbes‘ latest findings, Perry and Swift actually made moves to end their long-running feud earlier this year.


After clearing the air, Perry later publicly praised Swift after the latter spoke out in support of the Democrats in her home state of Tennessee ahead of the US mid-term elections which took place earlier this month.

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