Billboard's 50 Highest-Paid Musicians Only Includes 7 Women

Billboard's 50 Highest-Paid Musicians Only Includes 7 Women

Yet another industry is in need of major changes.

Yet another industry is in need of major changes.

Text: Tess Garcia

It's 2018, and even the most well-known women in the world are not immune to the gender pay gap. That fact is glaringly apparent in this year's edition of Billboard's annual Money Makers list — of the 50 musicians deemed the highest paid, only 7 are women.

Which ladies made the cut? Lady Gaga clocked in at #6 with $29.7 million USD, while Céline Dion (#26, $16.18m), Britney Spears (#30, $14.1m), Faith Hill (#36, $12.5m USD), Ariana Grande (#42, $11.36m), Janet Jackson (#43, $11.34m), and Taylor Swift (#48, $9.3m) were found further down the list. All-male group U2 took the top spot with $54.4 million, raking in nearly $10 million more than Hill, Grande, Jackson, and Swift combined.

The list marks just one of a handful of music moments in 2018 that demonstrate a clear lack of female representation in the industry. Take the minimal female presence in this year's Coachella lineup, or the everything about the 2018 Grammys (of the televised awards categories, Alessia Cara was the only woman to win solo, and Lorde, the lone female nominee for Album of the Year, was the only person in her category who was not asked to perform).

We shouldn't have to be writing about this. Like nearly every other industry in the world, music needs to get its act together.

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