I’m sure Beyoncé, Madonna, Taylor Swift, Celine Dion, the yellow Teletubby, and any female to ever sing a song not named Katy Perry woke up this morning and scratched their head over this news. The annual list of highest-paid female singers is out, and I guess that American Idol reboot check was invested well. Katy Perry made the most bank out of any chanteuse.
Forbes says Katy Perry is this year’s leading singing lady because of things like her $25 million payday to judge on American Idol and the Witness tour, which brought in more than $1 million each night of the tour. While Katy previously covered Forbes for making $135 million in 2015, her 2018 earnings are a more reserved $83 million. Taylor Swift was second at $80 million.
Not that I’m necessarily Camp Butterscotch Don, but something seemed fishy with that since, uh, her album actually sold and she’s been performing football stadiums. Forbes explained that most of Tay’s tour dates fell outside their June-to-June calendar to count up all the coin. Beyoncé also got the calendar shaft. Her third-place $60 million earnings were due to most of the On The Run II tour with Jay-Z coming outside the Forbes celebrity fiscal calendar.
Others on the list include Lady Gaga at fifth place with $50 million and Rihanna in sixth with $37.5 million, even though her ass hasn’t gone on tour since 2016. German singer Helene Fischer ($32 million) made more than Britney (sitting at tenth place with $30 million), who I’m sure will use this anytime Kevin Federline asks for a child support payraise! Her ass will likely rocket to the top once she’s back in Las Vegas supporting the bachelorette-and-gay-weekend industry with her new residency.
Maybe I’m just petty and competitive, but that June-to-June calendar rule stinks to high heaven. I would do a Clairol/Neutrogena/whoever-will-hire-me commercial around this calendar going forward just to stay number one. Screw that if it damaged my artist street cred!