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The 10 Highest Paid Women in Music

, / October 9, 2018

Here are the top 10 highest paid women in music this year.


Talented singers like Katy Perry pull in millions of dollars. They have a huge fan following all over the world. They earn through world tours, hit singles and endorsements.


10) Rihanna ($26 million)

Even though Rihanna has not had a full length release for quite sometime, she made $26 million during the scoring period. She played only nine dates during this period.


9) Mariah Carey ($27 million)

Golden voiced singer Mariah Carey is famous for her five-octave vocal range. She took her talents to Las Vegas for a residency in May 2015. Dubbed Mariah Carey’s #1’s; the series is set to stretch into 2016. Mariah Carey made $27 million during the scoring period.


8) Miranda Lambert ($28.5 million)

Miranda won Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year awards at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Her $28.5 million came through various income streams during the scoring period. She has partnered with Pink Pistol, Red55 Wine and Dixie Darlin. Her line of clothing and pet accessories businesses add to her wealth.


7) Jennifer Lopez ($28.5 million)

J. Lo played only five concerts during the scoring period. She made double digit millions as a judge on American Idol. This helped her make $28.5 million during the scoring period. She starred in Rob Cohen’s 2015 American erotic thrilled movie The Boy Next Door. With a residency at Las Vega’s Planet Hollywood due to start in early 2016, a partial return to her roots is imminent for this talented singer.


6) Britney Spears ($31 million)

Britney continues to delight her fans worldwide by releasing songs like “Pretty Girls,” her collaboration with Iggy Azalea. She makes most of her money through her Planet Hollywood residency in Las Vegas. The Intimate Britney Spears, a global line of quality sleepwear designed and created by the singer, also helped her make $31 million during the scoring period.


5) Beyoncé ($54.5 million)

The On the Run tour helped Beyoncé earn $54.5 million during the scoring period. This co-headlining stadium tour by Beyoncé and her husband rapper Jay Z grossed more than $100 million for 19 North American dates. Beyoncé also pulled in cash from deals with L’Oréal and Pepsi. Her own Heat fragrance is doing well in the market.


4) Lady Gaga ($59 million)

Lady Gaga is a huge name in the music industry. She has been pushing limits with her performances and fashion choices. Queen guitarist Brian May has called her a phenomenon. She played 66 shows during the scoring period and also benefited by deals with MAC and Versace. Her Fame fragrance is making her money. She earned $59 million during the scoring period.


3) Fleetwood Mac ($59.5 million)

This British-American rock band, which has two high-profile ladies Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks, ranks third. Their One with the Show tour included 86 concerts during the scoring period; it grossed more than $1 million per city. Return of Christine has definitely helped them. “From a fan perspective, I think that Fleetwood’s core fan base recognized that Christine McVie being back in the group was something special, and worth coming out for.”


2) Taylor Swift ($80 million)

Taylor Swift’s fifth studio album 1989, which was the top release of 2014, sold more than 3.6 million copies. The hit single “Wildest Dreams” has reached the top of the charts, thanks largely to a music video with Scott Eastwood. Her 1989 tour grossed around $4 million per city. She made $80 million during the scoring period and also got more press than Katy Perry.


1) Katy Perry ($135 million)

Katy Perry is the highest paid woman in music. Her top position is largely due to her Prismatic World Tour. She pulled in $135 million. She grossed more than $2 million per city over the course of 126 shows during the scoring period. She also signed lucrative endorsement deals with Covergirl, Coty and Claire’s. Katy is proud of her achievements. She said, “I am proud of my position as a boss, as a person who runs my own company.”


The above ranking is compiled by Forbes. Who among these artists is your favorite?