Katy Perry Beats Beyonce To Become Highest Paid Female In Music

Katie Perry

Katie Perry

The Roar hit maker has without a doubt outdone herself over the recent years in the music industry especially with her latest album, Witness in which she accumulated a whopping $83 million (R1,16 billion), making her top the highest-paid women in music list for 2018.

The numbers are calculated using "pre-tax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018, before deducting fees for agents, managers, lawyers and estate executors".

Meanwhile, Katy's role on the judging panel for American Idol reportedly netted her a further USD20 million. Exorbitant as that amount might seem, this year's income is a big drop for Perry, who made $135 million back in 2015. Despite that, the launch of Taylor's new album Reputation saw her top the charts worldwide, selling two million copies in its opening week, and it undoubtedly contributed to her still impressive bank balance. Numerous dates on the global tour for her sixth album, "Reputation", will count towards the 2019 rankings.

That said, Swift could have a good shot at leading the list in 2019, as Perry plans to take a break from music, her new holiday song notwithstanding.

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Also in the top ten included Jennifer Lopez ($47 million), Rihanna (37.5 million dollars), Helen Fisher ($32 million), Celine Dion ($31 million) and Britney Spears ($30 million).

This year's list contains numerous same artists as 2017 including Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez among them - and one outlier: Russian-German star Helene Fischer, in eighth place.

The full list of 2018's highest-paid women in music is below.

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