Sorry Taylor Swift, Katy Perry Is the World’s Highest Paid Female Celebrity
To say that Katy Perry is rolling in the deep is an understatement.
The pop star nabbed the #3 spot on Forbes’ annual Celebrity 100 list, making her the highest paid female celebrity in the world, and highest paid non-athlete (rather, non-boxer) celebrity in the world at that.
Athletes Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquia rose to the top of the charts this year taking the #1 and #2 spot respectively, no doubt because of their overly hyped up (and pricey) boxing fight, earning them “a one-night, once-in-a-generation payday.”
Perry’s Prismatic World Tour has been the lucrative gift that keeps on giving. Then there was her Super Bowl halftime show, which was watched live by a record-breaking 118.5 million people. Forbes dubs her, in so many words, America’s top “pop export.”
On her power and success, Perry said simply, “I am proud of my position as a boss, as a person that runs my own company. I’m an entrepreneur. … I don’t want to shy away from it. I actually want to kind of grab it by its balls.”
You go, girl.
75 of her 124 shows in the past year took place abroad, and Forbes attributes Perry’s global permanence to her marketability and high income (“60% of her total income now flows from outside of North America”). Her hit songs have universal appeal, and Forbes notes that her music videos for “Dark Horse” and “ Roar” “are the third- and fourth-most-watched YouTube videos of all time, with nearly 2 billion views between them worldwide.”
When it comes to music streaming services like Spotify (which other pop stars like Swift have taken a stance against), Perry commented with a shrug, “Music has changed. The record is that launching pad for all kinds of other creative branches.”
Though she’s the epitome of pop music today, you may or may not remember that Perry’s beginnings were rather more on the conservative side. Katy Hudson’s 2001 debut (Hudson being her birth name) was “a Christian rock album that featured songs with titles like “Faith Won’t Fail.” “
Oh how the tides have changed. 8 years of hard work later, Perry came out with “I Kissed a Girl” in 2009.
“People were talking about bisexuality a lot that year and also talking about sexuality being fluid,” she said. “It was zeitgeisty. It was me taking everybody’s conversation and funneling it into a song. I also knew it had that ‘ooh, ahh’ factor. I knew I could open the most doors with that first, but I wasn’t going to let that define me.”
She commented to Forbes, “I don’t feel like my career is a ticking time bomb. I don’t feel like I’ll always have to be feeding the meter of show business. I got my spot, yo.”
All in all, Perry’s set the bar incredibly high, and Swift (as well as every other pop star except for One Direction, who are #4 on Forbes’ Celebrities 100 list) evidently has a lot of catching up to do. But enough fretting about a petty pop feud.
After all, Perry doesn’t seem bothered by it one bit and is already planning her next move: a vacation, “to live life and have life experiences that influence my music,” she said.