Being one of the most lucrative businesses out there, the music industry allowed many female artists to stand out, deliver the goods and profit. Year after year we see stars rise and fall, but for 2014, here’s the official list of those who truly made it big, the rundown of 10 highest-earning women in music 2014.
Notable exceptions that didn’t make the list despite making decent, yet insufficient amounts of money include Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys and Shania Twain. Off to the rundown now.
10. Britney Spears – $10 million
Kicking off the list comes Britney Spears, one of the most popular females in music industry for well over a decade now. Although her popularity had faded in a way, Spears still racks up $315,000 per night, and is even rumored to have been increased the price to nearly $500,000 per show.
9. Lady Gaga – $33 million
Picking it up a notch, Lady Gaga is up next with $33 million. Some critics say that her popularity is decreasing, and her earnings have indeed drastically fallen from 2011 figure of $90 million, but at the age of 28 she still has plenty of time to bounce back. However, her latest album, “Artpop,” was weak on the charts, that’s just a fact.
T7. Celine Dion – $36 million
Celine Dion is the living proof that you don’t have to be the flavor of the month to make major figures. She’s not over-exposed and her behavior is anything but scandalous, yet Ms. Dion still managed to fetch $36 million. Apart from a few all-time international hits, her earnings were significantly raised by a lucrative Vegas residency.
T7. Miley Cyrus – $36 million
Up next is the master of controversy, Ms. Miley Cyrus. Apart from receiving seemingly excessive loads of hate, Miley also garnered a massive global fanbase, as her latest album “Bangerz” went platinum. Additionally, the record’s lead single “Wrecking Ball” is closing in on 1 billion YouTube views, not a mean feat by any standards. When the line is drawn, Miley and Celine share the No. 7 spot with $36 million.
6. Jennifer Lopez – $37 million
American Idol might be struggling at the moment, but J-Lo’s return to the show earned her quite a payment, as well as promotion for her latest studio effort “A.K.A.” Additionally, the album featured Pitbull collaboration “We Are One,” which was named the official song of the FIFA World Cup. It’s royalties all over the place for Ms. Lopez.
5. Katy Perry – $40 million
Cracking the list in half is Katy Perry, who surprisingly enough performed only 20 shows during the scoring period. If you’re wondering where the income came from, the answer is simple – endorsements. To be precise, CoverGirl, Pop Chips, as well as Katy’s own Coty fragrance, Killer Queen. Add some staggeringly expensive private concerts and you’ll get right to the $40 million figure.
4. Rihanna – $48 million
Collaborating with such high-rollers as Eminem and Jay-Z, and churning out such chart-toppers as “We Found Love” and “Diamonds” is what Rihanna is mostly about. With 90 million fans on Facebook and 37 million followers on Twitter, she is also one of the strongest pop divas in the social media department. To sum it up, she made $48 million.
3. Pink – $52 million
Pink’s been working hard, performing 85 concerts and grossing an average of $1 million per gig. Not too vocal or overexposed, Pink managed to somewhat quietly garner the $52 million earnings figure and jump to No. 3 spot on the list. Notable income sources include endorsements for the likes of CoverGirl.
2. Taylor Swift – $64 million
Shifting from country to pop, young Ms. Taylor Swift is going really strong these days. Hits and record-breaking album sales are what she’s mostly into these days, but so are endorsement deals with such titans as Coca Cola. To sum it all it, we reach the $64 million figure, more than enough for the No. 2 spot.
1. Beyonce – $115 million
Finally, the highest paid woman in music of 2014 – the one and only Beyonce! Also the sole artist to cross the $100 million figure, Beyonce owns a solid share of her earnings to a massive 95-date tour that grossed $2.4 million per show. Although her latest self-titled album was released with zero publicity, it easily became one of the year’s top-sellers.