This year, Katy Perry took the top spot of Forbes’ annual list for the highest-paid female musicians. Katy earned approximately $83 million for the year, within the period beginning on the 1st of June, 2017 as recorded by Forbes.
Katy beat fellow superstars like Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Pink, and several others. Based on the figures released from Nielsen SoundScan, NPD BookScan, industry interviews, as well as Forbes own estimates, the total sums are pre-tax figures.
The outlet didn’t deduct costs for agents, lawyers, managers, and other personnel. Katy earned money, primarily, through her latest concert tour, rather than record sales. Since file sharing and streaming technology took off, artists now earn most of their income from merchandise and performances.
And Perry’s latest album, Witness, saw her performing concerts valued at approximately $1 million per night.
She generated approximately $20 million for her job on the set of American Idol as one of the main judges. The truth is, however, that Swift would’ve been right up there, but due to the tour dates being outside the range of the list, her numbers were fewer than Perry’s.
In 2017, Beyonce had the number one spot, following a $105 million annual pre-tax revenue. Lemonade was incredibly popular, as well as her Formation tour, which earned a reported $225,000,000.
Adele was in second place in 2017, with $69 million; Swift was third with $44 million. While all of the female artists have certainly earned an extraordinary amount of money, they all pale in comparison to Kylie Jenner, who was named as the first female billionaire at the age of 20-years-old.
As it was previously reported, Kylie was put on the cover of Forbes Magazine during the summer months, sparking a fair amount of controversy due to their use of the term “self-made.”
Nay-sayers argued that Kylie wasn’t truly “self-made,” because she comes from a long line of incredibly successful people, including Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, and Bruce Jenner, in addition to Robert Kardashian.
Others declared, in Kylie’s defense, that she levered her social media influence, afforded to her through Keeping Up With The Kardashians, to create Kylie Cosmetics from the ground up.