Forbes Reveals the Top-Earning Female Musicians in 2019

Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards, New Jersey, Aug 2019. Photo by Matt Baron/Shutterstock (10369347qs)

2019 has been a year that Taylor Swift will not forget.

Not least of all because the “You Need to Calm Down” singer has been named Forbes‘ Highest-Paid Woman in Music.

According to Forbes, the estimated figures are based on pretax incomes from June 2018 to June 2019.

The 29-year-old released her 7th studio album, Lover, on August 23rd, which contributed to her earning $185 million over the past year before tax.

The majority of the money, however, was the result of Taylor’s Reputation World Tour, which pulled in $266 million. The Grammy winner also signed a deal with Universal Public Records.

Beyoncé followed Taylor’s lead with a slightly more modest $81 million, thanks to the Netflix special Homecoming and her own tour with her husband Jay Z.

Although she has not released any new music, Rihanna’s fashion and beauty line Fenty helped her rake in $62 million, coming in third place.

Forbes Highest-Paid Women in Music 2019

  1. Taylor Swift — $185 million
  2. Beyoncé — $81 million
  3. Rihanna — $62 million
  4. Katy Perry — $57.5 million
  5. Pink — $57 million
  6. Ariana Grande — $48 million
  7. Jennifer Lopez $43 million
  8. Lady Gaga — $39.5 million
  9. Celine Dion — $37.5 million
  10. Shakira — $35 million