“Best revenge is your paper,” ​Beyo​ncé told us in her 2016 hit Formation. We’re not sure who she’s trying to get revenge on, but it's definitely working, as the Everything Is Love artist again lands herself a spot on ​Forbes’ list of highest-paid women in the music industry.

Beyoncé, earning $60 million in 2018, fell from the number one spot in 2017 to the number three spot this year. But in her defense, Queen B’s recent On the Run II tour fell mostly outside of the scoring period of June 2017 to June 2018.


Bey gave up the number one spot to Katy Perry, who earned $83 million between a world tour for her fifth album, Witness, and her work as a judge on American Idol​Taylor Swift claimed the second spot, bringing in $80 million in the past year.

Rihanna also landed a spot on the list, coming in at number seven, which is even more impressive due to her absence from the music world over the past year. The Umbrella singer, who raked in $37.5 million, has instead put her efforts into the beauty and fashion industries. Riri’s brands, Fenty Beauty and Savage X Fenty lingerie, have been popular due to their emphasis on inclusivity. Rihanna also entered the movie industry with her work in Ocean’s 8.

View the full list below.


1. Katy Perry ($83 million) 

2. Taylor Swift ($80 million) 

3. Beyoncé ($60 million) 

4. Pink ($52 million) 

5. Lady Gaga ($50 million) 

6. Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) 

7. Rihanna ($37.5 million) 

8. Helene Fischer ($32 million) 

9. Celine Dion ($31 million) 

10. Britney Spears ($30 million)