Who Are Music’s 5 Highest Paid Females?

Back in 2015, when Katy Perry appeared on the cover of Forbes after earning $135 million in a single year, she knew she’d secured her place in the pop star firmament—and wouldn’t ever have to worry about fading into oblivion. “I don’t feel like my career is a ticking time bomb,” she said. “I don’t feel like I’ll always have to be feeding the meter of show business. I got my spot, yo.”

Three years later, Perry has proved herself right: She’s the highest-paid woman in music, pulling in $83 million pretax during our scoring period. One of the hardest-working names on the list, Perry played 80 dates of her Witness: The Tour in Forbes‘ June-to-June timeframe, grossing over $1 million per night. She also managed to find time to serve as a judge on ABC’s American Idol reboot, reportedly earning north of $20 million for her troubles.

Taylor Swift ranks second with $80 million. The superstar songstress briefly disappeared from social media last year before roaring back with the launch of new album Reputation, which sold two million copies worldwide in its opening week. The only reason she didn’t claim the top spot on this list? Most of her Reputation Stadium Tour dates fell just outside this year’s scoring period.

Gallery: Highest-Paid Women In Music 2018

Beyoncé rounds out the top three, pulling in $60 million. After she and husband Jay-Z welcomed twins Rumi and Sir to the family in June 2017, Queen Bey had a quiet year, by her standards, until delivering a groundbreaking performance at Coachella this spring and dropping a joint album with Jay-Z in June. Much of this summer’s On The Run II, their second stadium tour together, will be reflected in our next scoring period—boosted by an inevitable deluge of new moneymaking opportunities.

“I’m never satisfied,” she once told Forbes. “I’ve never met anyone that works harder than me in my industry.”

Of course, making music isn’t the only way these musicians are making bank. Lady Gaga (No. 5, $50 million) added “movie star” to her résumé this year, thanks to a critically acclaimed turn in A Star Is Born alongside Bradley Cooper. Rihanna (No. 7, $37.5 million) is cashing in on Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie, and although she hasn’t been on tour since 2016, Rihanna stays in the public eye with starring roles in films like Ocean’s 8.

There were plenty of female musicians who had lucrative years but didn’t quite make the list. Among them: Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Selena Gomez, Madonna, Halsey and Janet Jackson, all of whom tallied double-digit millions. They’ll look to crack the top 10 next year.

“That’s the best thing about being a musician,” said Halsey. “You get to constantly show the world how you’ve changed and how you’ve grown. And you get to say, ‘Hey, look at me, look at how much better I am now than I used to be.'”


Figures are for pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018, before deducting fees for agents, managers, lawyers and estate executors. Sources include Nielsen SoundScan, NPD BookScan, insider interviews and Forbes estimates. Additional reporting by Natalie Robehmed and Rebecca Lerner.

Full List

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)

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Football Legend Paul Gascoigne In Sexual Assault Charge After Inappropriately Touching A Female Train Passenger

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been charged with one count of sexual assault by touching after an incident on a train, the Evening Standard reports.

The former England and Tottenham star, 51, is accused of a touching a woman on a train from York to Durham, according to the British Transport Police.

The alleged incident happened on August 20 this year.

Gascoigne, who also played for Newcastle, Lazio and Rangers, will appear in court in December.

Gascoigne will appear in court in December (Getty Images)

A spokesman for the force said: “A man is due to appear in court next month charged in connection with the sexual assault of a woman on board a train from York to Durham.

“Paul Gascoigne, of Leicester, was charged via postal requisition with one count of sexual assault by touching, contrary to section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

“The charge relates to an incident on board a train on August 20 this year.

“The 51-year-old will appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on December 11.”

Diddy’s Baby Mamma Kim Porter Dies Aged 47

Kim Porter, who was mother to three of Diddy’s children, has died aged 47.

The LA County coroner confirmed the news, saying she “was discovered unresponsive in her home” and pronounced dead at the scene on Thursday.

They added: “At this time, an autopsy is pending and a cause of death has not been determined.”

Celebrities including Rihanna, 50 Cent and Missy Elliott have been paying tribute to her on social media.

The model and actress Www with the American rapper on and off from 1994 to 2007 and they had three children together: twins Jessie James and D’Lila, 11, and son Christian, 20.

She also had a 27-year-old son, Quincy, from a previous marriage.

She appeared in films including 2001’s The Brothers and in the US TV show Wicked Wicked Games.

21 Year Old Robbed At Knifepoint In West London

Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses following a knifepoint robbery in Kensington and Chelsea.

At around 03:00hrs on Sunday, 22 July, the victim – a 21-year-old man – was walking along Harrow Road, at the junction with Great Western Street, W9, when he noticed a male on a red Santander hire bike cycling towards him.

The male followed the victim down Great Western Street and asked the victim a few questions about himself, before showing the handle of a knife he was carrying in his waistband.

The victim ran away into Meanwhile Gardens on Elkstone Road, W10, but the suspect followed.

When the suspect caught up with him, he pushed the victim up against the railings of the park and held the knife to the victim’s neck before stealing his iPhone 5s mobile phone, Samsung hard-drive and £20 in cash.

The victim sustained minor injuries – scratches to his neck from the knife – and attended a north London hospital. He was discharged later that morning.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5ft 11ins in height, aged around 19 years with short brown hair. He was clean-shaven and was wearing a white, round-neck t-shirt.

Detective Constable Siobhan Bradley, from Kensington and Chelsea CID, said: “This is a serious incident in which the victim has sustained injuries as a result. We urge anyone who was in the area at the time and may have vital information to get in touch.

“It is believed that two members of the public walked past as the victim was being robbed. We are particularly keen to speak to these individuals as they may have important information which could assist our investigation. The victim, who feared for his life, didn’t call for help during the robbery as he didn’t want to further aggravate the suspect.

“We are also keen to speak with a taxi driver who drove the victim home from the hospital and told him he had seen someone matching the suspect’s description on the night of the incident.”

If you have any information, or were in the area at the time, please contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org

Nigerian Broadcaster Mo Abudu Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree By Westminster University

Nigerian based British media mogul Mosunmola “Mo” Abudu has bagged a honorary doctorate degree.

The degree was bestowed upon the award winning media personality by the University of Westminster, London in recognition of her contributions to broadcasting and enterprise in Nigeria.

This will be Ms Abudu’s second honorary degree!

Expressing her delight on achieving this recognition, Mo who was once described by Forbes as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman”.said “It is really exciting to be recognised for doing what you love. I am so humbled and grateful.

Lord I remain Grateful and thankful in your presence always.

I thank the EbonyLife team, partners, friends and last but not the least my family who continue to give me all the moral support and prayers that continue to keep me going, even when things get tough.


With Mo in this image are (from left to right): Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of Westminster, Lady Sorrell OBE, Chancellor, University of Westminster. (Picture by AdeAsiko)

In 2006, Abudu started her Media outfit EbonyLife TV, a network airing in more than 49 countries across Africa, as well as in the UK and the Caribbean. It is a subsidiary of Media and Entertainment City Africa


Ms Abudu through Ebony Life produced the 2 blockbusters Fifty and The Wedding Party which became the highest-grossing title of all time in the Nigerian film industry.

In March 2018, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced that they had concluded a three-year deal with EbonyLife TV that would include co-production of The Dahomey Warriors, a series about the Amazons who took on French colonialists in a 19th century west African kingdom

6 Charged Over Fatal Newham Shooting Of Young RAF Cadet

Detectives investigating the murder of Royal Air Force cadet Abdul Mayanja in Well Street, Newham, on 25 August 2017 have charged a total of six people.

The 19-year-old had left home to attend a friend’s barbecue party when he was shot in the street yards from Maryland Station in Stratford. He died in hospital.

Mr Mayanja, a cadet flight sergeant, was scheduled to move to Los Angeles the week after his death to finish his training.


Sean Obazee, 22, of North Pole Road, W10 and Braeden Henry, 23, of Evelyn Road, E16 were charged with murder on Wednesday, 14 November.

They are due to appear at the Central Criminal Court on Friday, 16 November.

Jade Thrower, 23 was charged by postal requisition on Tuesday, 13 November with perverting the course of justice and Kieron Aransibia, 23, was charged by postal requisition on Tuesday, 13 November with perverting the course of justice.

They are due to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 10 December.

Alex Simos, 20, of St Winefrides Avenue, E12 and Marvin Simos, 22, of Claremont Close, E16 had previously been charged with the murder of Abdul Mayanja.

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Both appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 12 November and at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 14 November. They will next appear at the Old Bailey on 25 January.

To other people arrested in connection with this fatal shooting have now been released with no further action.



UK Border Officer Convicted Of Arms And Drugs Smuggling

A border officer who attempted to smuggle firearms and drugs into the UK via the Channel Tunnel train whilst on duty, has been convicted of multiple offences following a trial at Isleworth Crown Court.

37 year old Simon Pellett of Elms Vale Road, Dover was found guilty on Monday, 12 November of three counts of being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of the prohibition on the importation of goods (smuggling of cocaine, heroin and firearms) and misconduct in a public office.

Two of Pellett’s accomplices from an Organised Crime Group were also convicted for their part in the crimes.

David Baker, 55, of Lions Close, Eltham was also found guilty of three counts of being knowingly concerned in smuggling cocaine, heroin and firearms.

Alex Howard, 35 of Station Road, Teynham, Kent was found guilty of two counts of being knowingly concerned in smuggling cocaine, heroin and firearms.

All three men will be sentenced at the same court on Friday, 16 November.

The arrests came as a result of a joint, intelligence-led operation between the Met’s Organised Crime Command, the National Crime Agency (NCA), and the Central Office for the Repression of Organised Crime of the French National Police (OCLCO), which led officers to identify members of an international criminal network who were importing firearms and Class A drugs via the Eurotunnel Shuttle.

Investigators believe the defendants played a key part in a wider organised criminal network responsible for smuggling drugs and firearms into the UK.

Pellett, Howard, and Baker were observed by police in both the UK and France. On Friday, 6 October 2017, Pellet went to his place of work and collected an official Border Force van. He then drove alone and took the channel tunnel to France. But he was unaware the NCA had placed a listening device in his van, and as he drove he was heard making arrangements to rendezvous with Howard and Baker in Loon Plage, between Calais and Dunkirk.

In an attempt to provide a cover story, Pellet went to a wine warehouse and purchased some wine, placing this on show in the front of the van. He then drove further into France and went to a pre-arranged meeting point, a supermarket car park in Loon Plage. Howard was waiting in the car park area whilst Baker placed three heavy holdalls into Pellet’s Border Force van. All three men were then arrested by French police.

The three holdalls were subsequently found to contain eight pistols, two revolvers, a large quantity of ammunition, 28 kgs of cocaine (with a street value of £2.8 million) and 6 kgs of heroin (with a street value of £600,000). The drugs had a total street value of £3.4 million.

The firearms included self-loading and machine pistols, revolvers, silencers and suitable ammunition. There was also ammunition suitable for a Scorpion sub-machine gun.

All three suspects were extradited from France to the UK on 11 May 2018. The trail commenced on 8 October.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Sam Cailes from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “This has been a complex and highly-successful joint operation that has effectively removed a criminal network, which included a serving corrupt Border Force official. We are committed to reducing the number of firearms entering the UK and potentially ending up in the hands of violent criminals. The removal of these weapons and drugs has reduced a significant threat to London’s communities.

Detective Superintendent Neil Ballard from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command added: “Our continued work with other agencies – both domestic and international – to deter organised criminality is having a real impact on making London safer for those who live and work here. We will relentlessly pursue people who are involved in the supply and possession of firearms and drugs and bring them to justice.”

David Rock from the NCA’s Anti-Corruption Unit said: “As a border officer, Pellet’s job was to prevent the illegal importation of goods into the UK, including firearms and drugs. He had the power to arrest anyone suspected of being involved in this type of crime, yet his personal greed made him susceptible to corruption and allowed him to be exploited by a UK-based organised crime group.

“Corruption at the border threatens the safety and security of the UK, which is why tackling it is such a priority for the NCA and law enforcement partners. This operation involved close collaboration between the British and French authorities and is a prime example of our international efforts to tackle cross-border organised crime.”