Katy Perry Tops Forbes’ List of Highest-Paid Women in Music

Katy Perry Tops Forbes' Highest-Paid Female
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Katy Perry has been named the highest-paid woman in music for 2015.

According to Forbes, Perry earned the top spot thanks to a world tour, hit singles and endorsements, which combined to earn her $135 million this year, tens of millions of dollars ahead of the rest of the women on the list. Throughout her Prismatic World Tour, she grossed more than $2 million per city during the 126 shows. Her deals with Covergirl, Coty and Claire’s were icing on the cake.

“I am proud of my position as a boss, as a person that runs my own company,” Perry told Forbes. “I’m an entrepreneur… I don’t want to shy away from it. I actually want to kind of grab it by its balls.”

Taylor Swift earned the No. 2 spot on the list, nabbing $80 million. Her own tour, the 1989 World Tour, helped her cinch the high ranking, but couldn’t measure up to her rumored rival Perry’s haul. Her album “1989” sold more than 3.6 million copies and was the top release of 2014.

Fleetwood Mac claimed the third spot, with Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie posting high numbers in the coed quintet. Their $59.5 million total, with over $1 million per city for their On With The Show tour, put them at No. 3.

Lada Gaga and Beyonce rounded out the top five with $59 million and $54.5 million, respectively. Gaga played 66 shows and also cashed in from deals with Versace and MAC while Beyonce’s On the Run tour with husband Jay Z grossed over $100 million in 19 dates. The rest of the top 10 includes Britney Spears ($31 million), Jennifer Lopez ($28.5 million), Miranda Lambert ($28.5 million), Mariah Carey ($27 million) and Rihanna ($26 million).

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  1. Markus says:

    Katy is still touring, right? She’s my queen. Even if she’s not still touring, I want her to slay everyone, tho I wish Selena Gomez would do amazing in concert sales, but there’s too much Bigotry towards her.

  2. DougW says:

    I’m pretty sure the difference in Katy’s and Taylor’s incomes comes from Katy being on tour the whole year and Taylor just starting her tour this summer.

    • Markus says:

      IT DIDN’T SAY 2015 TO 2016: IT SAYS 2015. READ AND STICK TO THE SUBJECT MATTER, NOT YOUR OWN CALCULATIONS. Lets just calculate every year since 1980 for that matter. Geez!

      • DougW says:

        What are you talking about Markus? This is 2015, Katy’s been on tour since the beginning of the year and Taylor didn’t start till the summer. The article implies Katy’s tour is more successful than Taylor’s and doesn’t explain that Taylor has only been on the road half as long – “Her own tour…helped her cinch the high ranking, but couldn’t measure up to her rumored rival Perry’s haul.” Oh, and thanks for your rude reply. Don’t bother with another.

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