Katy Perry leads Forbes Highest-Paid Women in Music 2018 list
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Forbes recently released its Highest Paid Women in Music 2018 list and Katy Perry topped the ranking. Perry reportedly earned $83 million pre-tax in the monitoring period, edging out Taylor Swift, who came in at No. 2 with pre-tax earnings of $80 million.

The highest-paid ranking period runs from June 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018. Data is gathered from sources including Nielsen SoundScan, NPD BookScan, insider interviews and Forbes estimates, with additional reporting by Natalie Robehmed and Rebecca Lerner.

Much of Perry’s earnings are represented by the 80 dates she played on Witness: The Tour. She also made her debut run as a judge on ABC’s reboot of “American Idol.” She starred on the show alongside country superstar Luke Bryan and R & B legend Lionel Richie. She reportedly earned around $20 million in her “Idol” role.

The “Firework” singer-songwriter tapped into the Christmas spirit a little early, by dropping a surprise holiday single “Cozy Little Christmas” on Nov. 15. The single is an Amazon exclusive.

Taylor Swift came in just beneath Perry, reportedly earning $80 million in the tally period. Swift has enjoyed massive success with the release of her chart-topping sixth studio album, reputation. She’s been touring extensively on the Reputation Tour. Swift made history this year after sweeping four more American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year and Tour of the Year. She has now won more American Music Awards than any female artist in history.

Beyoncé came in third in the ranking, pulling in $60 million. P!nk earned $52 million and took fourth place. Lady Gaga, who is currently having massive chart success and earning Oscar buzz with her performance in the 2018 “A Star Is Born” remake, is No. 5 on the list with $50 million.

Filling out the rest of the Top 10 Highest Paid Women in Music 2018 honorees are Jennifer Lopez at No. 6 with $47 million, Rihanna at No. 7 with $37.5 million, Helene Fischer at No. 8 with $32 million, and Celine Dion at No. 9 with $31 million. Britney Spears closes out the Top 10 in the ranking at No. 10 earning $30 million.

Katy Perry will resume her “American Idol” judging role when the show returns in 2019 on ABC. Stay tuned to AXS for Katy Perry news and updates.