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Katy Perry Is Music's Highest-Paid Female And... What?

I was certain that Taylor Swift or Beyonce would top Forbes annual ranking of the best-paid woman in music. It seems I was wrong.

It’s Katy Perry.

Between June 2017 and July 2018, Perry earned $83 million, pipping Swift at the post ($80 million) and giving Bey an absolute caning ($60 million).

Thing is, Perry’s 5th album, Witness, which sold 840,000 copies worldwide… couldn’t compare to Swift’s Reputation, which sold 4.5 million copies.

So why why why is Perry sitting so pretty?

Well, it’s got nothing to do with music.

It seems that non-music avenues, such as live events, guest appearances on shows, books or brand partnerships are proving way more lucrative than dumb ol’ music.

According to Forbes, her 80-date Witness: The Tour grossed $1 million a night, and her stint as a judge on American Idol pulled in between $20 million to $25 million – these projects alone smashed any kind of earnings from her actual album.

Of course, Lady Gaga is now a movie star thanks to the critically acclaimed A Star Is Born alongside Bradley Cooper. Rihanna also appeared in a film, Oceans 8, but is also making bank on Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie.

Thing is, of course, we’ll continue to see this play out because, as far as the fans are concerned, there’s more than enough demand for it.

Here’s the full list of highest-earning female artists.

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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