Katy Perry tops Forbes' list of highest paid women in music for 2018, beats Taylor Swift and Beyonce

The magazine released their list that revealed Perry had made over $80 million between June 2017 and June 2018 which contributed towards the singer claiming the top spot.


                            Katy Perry tops Forbes' list of highest paid women in music for 2018, beats Taylor Swift and Beyonce

Katy Perry has proved yet again that she is one of the most influential musicians in the industry. The 'Roar' singer has topped Forbes' list of the highest-paid women in music.

ET Online reports that the singer has a made a whopping $83 million between June of 2017 and June of 2018. She has beaten Taylor Swift and Beyonce to claim the top spot. Swift comes in second with a recorded total of $80 million over the same period and Beyonce, third, with $60 million. Perry made most of her earnings during her 'Witness' stadium tour, which included 80 dates, earning over a million for each performance. Her stint as a judge on 'American Idol' and other high-profile projects have added to her overall income.

During her 'Witness' tour Katy Perry performs at Perth Arena on July 24, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
During her 'Witness' tour Katy Perry performs at Perth Arena on July 24, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

However, Katy Perry's number 1 position may be incidental, given the period of time that Forbes gathered data. The publication revealed that "much of" Beyoncé's profit from the On the Run II tour wasn't included in this year's articulate calculations because they were recorded after June. The same also applies to Swift's 'Reputation' stadium tour. Fans of Beyonce and Taylor Swift are not to worry because Forbes assures them that the singers' hefty earnings will go towards next year's list, giving the women another shot at being named the highest-paid woman in music. 

Taylor Swift performs onstage during opening night of her 2018 Reputation Stadium Tour at University of Phoenix Stadium on May 8, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for TAS)
Taylor Swift performs onstage during opening night of her 2018 Reputation Stadium Tour at University of Phoenix Stadium on May 8, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for TAS)

With $52 million, P!nk came in at fourth place and thanks to her blockbuster hit 'A Star is Born', Lady Gaga filled out the top five with $50 million. 

Yahoo News reports that The 2017 edition of the same list featured many of the same artists in a different order. Perry, for example, came in ninth place, with earnings of $33 million. Swift was third with $44 million. Both Adele ($69 million) and Beyoncé, who was number one with a hefty $105 million income, commanded higher paychecks. In 2016, Swift beat everyone with a staggering total of $170 million in earnings. 

This year's list has many repetitions from last year with Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez among them. One outlier on the list has surprised many. Russian-German star Helene Fischer came in at eighth place. Fischer, 34, is a singer in the schlager style, a sentimental German pop tradition that shares themes with country music. Her self-titled eighth album debuted at No 1 in the Austrian, German and Swiss albums charts in May 2017. It has been certified nine times platinum in Germany and Austria, where it has sold more than 1m copies, reports The Guardian