Katy Perry named highest earning woman in music, surpasses Taylor Swift

By Marilyn Malara  |  Nov. 6, 2015 at 8:17 AM
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NEW YORK, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- This year's highest earning woman in music, Katy Perry, came as a surprise after contender Taylor Swift's apparent domination in the media and on stage.

Forbes magazine reports Perry's Prismatic tour, and lucrative deals with Covergirl, Claire's and Coty, earned her a towering $135 million this year over Swift's $80 million.

The "Dark Horse" singer earned an average of $2 million per performance during her span of 126 concerts between June 1, 2014 and June 1, 2015, while Swift is busy earning twice that for her ongoing 1989 tour. Forbes predicts Swift is in the running for the top spot next year.

Still, Forbes named Perry the third highest paid celebrity this year behind Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. Her $135 million paycheck reportedly makes her the highest paid musician in the world.

"I'm an entrepreneur," Perry told the magazine over the summer. "I don't want to shy away from it. I actually wanted to kind of grab it by its balls."

In third place for women in music is Fleetwood Mac with $59.9 million, averaging at about $1 million per show. Although the band includes men, Mac's leading ladies Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, dominate in popularity. Lady Gaga and Beyonce trail as the fourth and fifth highest paid women, earning $59 million and $54.5 million respectively.

Last year, "Drunk In Love" singer Beyonce earned the top-spot on the list with a $115 million paycheck.

Others on the list are Britney Spears at $31 million with the help of her Las Vegas residency and Rihanna at $26 million. The latter performer is expected to shoot up the list next year after the release of her eighth studio album, Anti.

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