Forbes Lists the Top Earning Woman in the Music Industry

It’s girl power like we’ve never seen before. We’ve just got Forbes magazine’s top-earning women list in the music industry. Wow! The ladies have been busy making all kinds of cash.

Who’s top? Well you might be surprised by the answer, and no it’s not Taylor Swift. It’s American pop princess, Katy Perry.

The magazine has announced that Katy has amassed an amazing 135 million dollars this year. This figure was largely achieved due to her Prismatic World Tour.

Taylor Swift, who has been touring in support of her latest album release, 1989, came in a very healthy second place, with a non-to shabby, 80 million dollars this year.

Here’s a look at the top 10:

  1. Katy Perry ($135 million)

Katy’s Prismatic World Tour grossed more than $2 million per city over the course of 126 shows. With the addition of her deals with Coty, Claire’s and Covergirl, Katy has amassed a very healthy bank balance.


  1. Taylor Swift ($80 million)

Her 1989 album was the top release of 2014 and has sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide. Her single, “Wildest Dreams” hit the top of the Billboard charts. With the addition of her 1989 Tour still ongoing and grossing around $4 million per city, Taylor will not need a handout anytime soon; and looks like she’s set to knock Katy Perry off her top spot sooner rather than later.


  1. Fleetwood Mac ($59.5 million)

Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie made Fleetwood Mac eligible for this list. The band’s hugely successful On With The Show tour took in 86 concerts. That combined with a hefty ticket price of over $300 gave the ladies the number 3 slot.


  1. Lady Gaga ($59 million)

She has been in the top earning lists for almost 10 years. Her edgy fashion sense and killer live shows have made Gaga a fortune. With endorsement deals from Versace and MAC, and the release of her very own, Fame, fragrance, Gaga is going to make major money for the foreseeable future.


  1. Beyoncé ($54.5 million)

It seems Beyoncé and her husband can’t stop making money. The couples On The Run tour grossed over $100 million last year and that was for only 19 North American dates. When you put this into context this is the same kind of return per night as the Rolling Stones. Combined with her sponsorships with Pepsi, L’Oréal and the release of her fragrance, Heat, Beyoncé continues to be one of the music industries top earners.

Lets round off the top 10.


  1. Britney Spears ($31 million)

Her Planet Hollywood residency in Las Vegas accounts for most of her income. Britney is another of the top ten’s regular fixtures.


  1. Jennifer Lopez ($28.5 million)

Making her millions as a judge on American Idol and recent acting roles including the film The Boy Next Door have made JLo a ton of money. With a residency at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood imminent, her earning potential doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon.


  1. Miranda Lambert ($28.5 million)

A relative newcomer to the top ten list. Lambert was awarded Female Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year at this year’s CMAs. The country superstar can also thank partnerships with Red55 Wine, Pink Pistol, and Dixie Darlin, and her own line of clothing and pet accessories for her extremely profitable year.


  1. Mariah Carey ($27 million)

 In a move similar to her Diva contemporaries, Mariah took her show to Las Vegas for a residency. The show called Mariah Carey’s #1’s, is set to run way into 2016 and already puts her into the frame for next year’s list.


  1. Rihanna ($26 million)

Some would question as to why Rihanna didn’t place higher? Without a full-length album, and only playing nine dates in the Forbes scoring period, this resulted in a lower-than-usual finish. That being said, look for a much higher placement next year, with the launch of new album Anti, and a tour that will surely follow, Rihanna will be back amongst the leaders for sure.

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