Katy Perry, a 2018 KAABOO Del Mar headliner, tops Forbes’ annual list with $83 million in annual earnings

Katy Perry made an estimated $83 million over the past year, according to Forbes magazine. She is shown at the 25th Annual QVC “FFANY Shoes on Sale” Gala at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on Oct, 11, 2018, in New York City.
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Katy Perry, who in September, headlined the closing day of the KAABOO Del Mar Festival, tops Forbes Highest-Paid Women in Music list for 2018.

According to the financial magazine’s tally, “American Idol” judge Perry earned an estimated $83 million between June 2017 and June 2018. The bulk of that came from her 80-date “Witness: The Tour” world concert trek, which did not conclude until Aug. 21 in New Zealand.

“Music has always been a way for me to express myself, and from the very beginning of my career, I have always felt like I will succeed because the world doesn’t need another copy of something that already exists, but needs the voice that only I can give,” Perry said in a September Union-Tribune interview.

Taylor Swift placed second on the 2018 Forbes list with earnings of $80 million, much of it from her “Reputation” tour, which skipped San Diego. Beyoncé — who performed in September at San Diego’s SDCCU Stadium with her husband, Jay-Z — earned $60 million.

Pink, who performed at last year’s edition of KAABOO Del Mar, was fourth with $52 million, while “A Star is Born” movie co-star Lady Gaga came in fifth with $50 million.

The sixth through 10th spots on Forbes’ 2018 list went — in order — to Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Helene Fischer, Celine Dion and Britney Spears.

The one artist on the list whose name is probably unfamiliar to many American listeners is middle-of-the-road singer Fischer.

Based in Germany, the Russian-born vocal star, 34, has become one of the Germany’s biggest pop music attractions. She is one of that country’s top selling concert attractions and recording artists.

Performers who didn’t make this year’s Forbes list — but still had earnings in “double-digit millions,” according to the magazine — include Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Selena Gomez, Madonna, Halsey and Janet Jackson.

How did Forbes decide who makes the cut, and who doesn’t?

The magazine calculates pre-tax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018. It then deducts “fees for agents, managers, lawyers and estate executors.” The sources used by Forbes include “Nielsen SoundScan, NPD BookScan, insider interviews and Forbes estimates.”

Here is the complete list of Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women in Music for 2018.

1. Katy Perry ($83 million)

2. Taylor Swift ($80 million)

3. Beyoncé ($60 million)

4. Pink ($52 million)

5. Lady Gaga ($50 million)

6. Jennifer Lopez ($47 million)

7. Rihanna ($37.5 million)

8. Helene Fischer ($32 million)

9. Celine Dion ($31 million)

10. Britney Spears ($30 million)

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