First, let’s be very clear: lists like this are just estimates made by outsiders so their accuracy is…somewhat specious. It was just a few weeks ago, for example, that stories circulated on Taylor Swift’s $1 million a day income. Now, there’s a new list that busts Taylor’s earnings down to less than a quarter of that.
Forbes–the magazine for people who love money–have issued their estimates for the top-earning women in music. It shakes out like this.
Katy Perry ($135 million)
Taylor Swift ($80 million)
Fleetwood Mac ($59.5 million) (A bit odd, given that only two-thirds of the band are women, but nevermind…)
Lady Gaga ($59 million)
Beyonce ($54.5 million)
Britney Spears ($31 million)
Jennifer Lopez ($28.5 million)
Miranda Lambert ($28.5 million)
Mariah Carey ($27 million)
Rihanna ($26 million)
Interesting that both Madonna and Celine Dion aren’t here, no? And Madonna’s current tour has already grossed nearly $50 million USD so far.