Who says going to the extremes can’t earn you a lot of money? Katy Perry has proven to become one of the hottest pop stars on the market, both musically and financially. From “I Kissed A Girl” to “Dark Horse,” Katy has climbed her way to the top of the charts and all the way to the bank. So how much is this celebrity worth?
Katy Perry Net Worth as of 2018: $271 Million
Here’s how Katy made it to the millions.
2007 – 2009Getty Images
After several failed beginnings as a solo artists, Katy’s breakthrough came in 2007 with the music video for her song “Ur So Gay.” In April 2008, her first hit single, “I Kissed A Girl,” from her album One of The Boys was released. The track quickly reached number one on the Billboard’s Hot 100.
Katy’s first hit album, One of the Boys, was released on June 17, 2008, and reached number nine on the U.S. Billboard 200. Aside from “I Kissed A Girl,” Katy would go on to have three more singles from the album become successful: “Hot n Cold” (which reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100), “Thinking of You,” and “Waking Up in Vegas” (both reached the top 30 of the Hot 100).
Katy earned the record for the “Best Start on the U.S. Digital Chart by a Female Artist” for digital single sales over 2 million copies by Guinness World Records.
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In May 2010, Katy released her next single, “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 by June and became the lead single from her third studio album, Teenage Dream.
Katy later released five more singles from the album, including “Teenage Dream” in July 2010 (which reached number one on Billboard in September), “Firework” in October 2010 (which hit number one on the Hot 100 by December became certified 9x Platinum in the U.S.), a remixed version of “E.T.” featuring Kanye West in February 2011 (which topped the Hot 100 chart for five non-consecutive weeks), “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” in June 2011, and “The One That Got Away” in October 2011 (which peaked at number 3 on the Hot 100).
Teenage Dream, the album, was released on August 24, 2010 and sold 5.7 million copies globally. Teenage Dream became the ninth album in history to produce four number one singles on the Hot 100 and made Katy the the first female artist and the second artist (after Michael Jackson) to achieve five number-one Hot 100 songs from one album. For this record, she received an honorary American Music Award.
She also set a new record by becoming the first artist to spend 69 consecutive weeks in the top ten of the Hot 100.
In February 2011, Katy embarked on her second tour, the California Dreams Tour, in support of Teenage Dream. The tour grossed over $59 million. In addition, she also raised over $175,000 for the Tickets-For-Charity fundraiser.
On July 5, 2012, Katy’s autobiographical documentary, Katy Perry: Part of Me, was released. The film grossed $32.7 million worldwide at the box office.
Katy ranked third on the 2011 Forbes list of “Top-Earning Women In Music” in 2011 with earnings of $44 million and fifth on their 2012 list with $45 million.
In 2012, Billboard named her their “Woman of the Year.”
In November 2010, Katy ventured into the world of business by releasing her first fragrance, Purr, in November 2010. She released a second fragrance,Meow!, in December 2011. She was also recruited to promote expansion packs for The Sims 3: Showtime, and released a separate stuff pack featuring Katy-inspired furniture, outfits, and hairstyles, titled The Sims 3: Katy Perry’s Sweet Treats, in June 2012. Katy has also endorsed products such as Proactiv, CoverGirl, and Adidas.
On February 13, 2012, Katy’s lead single from Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection was “Part of Me, which debuted at number one on the Hot 100 and became Perry’s seventh single overall to top the chart. The proceeds from “Part of Me” were also donated to the charity MusiCares, which helps musicians in times of need.
Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection was released on March 23. Her second single from the album, “Wide Awake,” was released on May 22, 2012, and peaked at number two on the Hot 100.
Katy was soon named the sixth best-selling digital artist in the United States, with sales of 37.6 million units according to Nielsen SoundScan and became the first artist to have four songs sell over 5 million digital units.
Outside of the music business, Katy served as the voice of Smurfette in the movie The Smurfs in 2011. She would voice the role again for the movie’s sequel, The Smurfs 2, two years later.
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On August 10, 2013, “Roar” was released as the lead single from Katy’s next album, Prism, and quickly reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Unconditionally” became her second single in October 2013 and peaked at number 14 in the United States.
Prism was released on October 18, 2013 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
In December 2013, “Dark Horse” was released as the album’s third single and became her ninth number-one single in January 2014. Two more singles from the album, “Birthday” and “This Is How We Do” reached the top 25 on the Hot 100.
On February 1, 2015, Katy performed at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show. Two days after the halftime show, the Guinness World Records announced Katy’s performance earned 118.5 million viewers in the United States, and became the most watched and highest rated show in Super Bowl history. The viewership for the halftime show was higher than the game itself, which was viewed by an audience of 114.4 million.
Katy had earned between between $30 and $50 million from album sales, merchandise, touring and endorsements each year. Between June 2014 and June 2015, she earned an estimated $135 million before taxes, agents, lawyers and lifestyle expenses.
In 2015, Katy’s annual earnings of $135 million came from her “Prismatic” world tour. Last year, Perry only landed fifth on the Forbes’ list with $40 million. In July 2015, she was named Forbes’ third highest paid celebrity.
Let’s see what successes Katy has in store for 2016 that will make her shine like a “firework” and add more to her bank account.
In 2016 she made an appearance in the film Zoolander 2 and confirmed that she was working on new projects. She also covered the anthem at the Summer Olympics and released a song titled “Rise” on July 14, 2016.
On February 10, 2017, Perry released a single titled “Chained to the Rhythm” with Skip Marley and it reached number 4 in the United States. She is also working on her fifth album, however she is taking her time and says, “I’m confident if I stay vulnerable and authentic with myself, the music that comes out of me will continue to connect”. She is also planning on releasing her first shoe collection. Her footwear collection with Global Brands Group is set to launch sometime in Spring 2017.
Katy Perry is going to perform in South Africa for the very first time as part of her WITNESS: The Tour.