Katy Perry has moved up from ninth position in 2017 to first position in 2018 on the Forbes list of highest paid woman in music. She has by this feat overtaken Beyonce who occupied the first position last year.
Forbes estimates that Katy Perry earned 83 million dollars between June 2017 and June 2018.
Forbes had this to say about Perry: “Perry played 80 dates on the world tour for her fifth album, Witness, during that period, grossing more than 1 million dollars per night, as well as earning more than 20 million dollars for her work as a judge on American Idol.”
Beyonce however fell from first position in 2017 to third position in 2018 earning about 60 million dollars. Her recent “On the Run II” tour with husband Jay Z, took place mostly outside this year’s scoring period.
Forbes commenting on Beyonce’s performance had this to say: “After she and husband Jay-Z welcomed twins Rumi and Sir to the family in June 2017, Queen Bey had a quiet year, by her standards.”
Taylor Swift came second this year from third position in 2018 earning an estimated 80 million dollars. She will have many dates on her global tour for sixth album dubbed “Reputation” counting towards the 2019 rankings.
Swift recently signed with Republic Records and Universal Music Group in a deal which financials terms have not been disclosed.
This year’s list is not so different from that of last year as it consists of mainly the same artists including; Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Britney Spears; with the only outlier being Russian- German star Helene Fischer, who took the eighth position.
Fischer reportedly earned 32 million dollars last year and she is a singer in the schlager style. Her eight album which was self-titled debuted at No 1 in the Austrian, Swiss and German album charts in May 2017. The album has also been certified nine times platinum in Austria and Germany after selling more than 1 million copies.
According to Forbes she made the list largely due to a successful tour which earned in seven figures per stop.
.There were however some female musicians who had a lucrative year earning double digits millions who didn’t make the list. Among these include Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, Madonna, Selena Gomez, Halsey and Janet Jackson.