You know you’re a massive worldwide star when a fake Kim Jong-Un and James Franco bond over their shared love of your music. Such is the case for Katy Perry.
From “I Kissed A Girl” to “Dark Horse” and, yes, “Firework,” Katy Perry has more than left her mark on the music industry. But how much has she earned thanks to her international fame and success? That’s a great question.
Katy Perry’s Net Worth as of 2017: $275 Million
How did Perry get here? Let’s take a look.
2007 – 2009
Perry’s big break came in 2007 with the music video for her song “Ur So Gay.” In April 2008, her first single, “I Kissed A Girl,” from her album One of The Boys was released and quickly shot up the charts to number one on the Billboard’s Hot 100. Overnight, Perry became a household name and the go-to singer for young women (and men because, let’s be honest, that song is catchy AF).
One of the Boys would go on to reach number nine on the U.S. Billboard 200 and the record’s three singles – “I Kissed A Girl,” “Hot n Cold,” and “Thinking of You” – would all spend time on the Hot 100 list.
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.
2010 – 2012
In May 2010, Perry released her next single, “California Gurls” featuring the one and only 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. Power Moves Only.
Katy would go on to release 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, would officially drop in August 2010 and sell 5.7 million copies across the world. It became just the ninth album in history to boast four No. 1 singles on the Hot 100. Furthermore, Perry would become the first female artist and second ever (after Michael Jackson) to pump out five No. 1 Hot 100 songs from a single album.
Perry’s second tour, the California Dreams Tour, launched in February 2011 and grossed more than $59 million. A year later, Perry’s autobiographical documentary, Kate Perry: Part of Me, hit theaters and grossed $32.7 million. For 2011 and 2012, Forbes estimated that Perry earned $44 million and $45 million, respectively.
2013 – 2015
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. Yes, we can debate how many of those viewers tuned in to see left shark, but it’s still impressive nonetheless. For perspective, the game itself was viewed by an audience of 114.4 million.
Perry earned between between $30 and $50 million from album sales, merchandise, touring and endorsements during this time period. Between June 2014 and June 2015, she earned an estimated $135 million before taxes, agents, lawyers and lifestyle expenses.
In 2015, Perry’s annual earnings of $135 million came from her “Prismatic” world tour. In 2015, Perry “only” landed at fifth on the Forbes’ list with $40 million. In July 2015, she was named Forbes’ third highest paid celebrity. #CrushingIt
2016 – Present
Perry made an appearance in the box office bomb Zoolander 2 in 2016, but likely received a nice paycheck for her time. 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 four 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.