Katy Perry Is Top Earner Among Women in Music, Forbes Says

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    November 06, 2015 08:03

    She didn't make as many headlines, nor sell as many albums, but Katy Perry handily beat Taylor Swift to become the highest-earning woman in music this year, according to Forbes.

    Perry, 31, earned $135 million in the past 12 months, thanks to a huge worldwide "Prismatic" tour and endorsement deals with beauty companies like Coty and CoverGirl, Forbes estimated in a ranking released Wednesday.

    Katy Perry performs at the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sept. 28, 2015. /AP

    Swift, 25, was a distant second, with an estimated $80 million, despite some 8.6 million sales globally for her "1989" hit album and the start of a world tour.

    Perry's latest album, "Prism," has sold 4 million copies worldwide since its release in 2013, and the "Roar" singer has been touring for most of the year.

    British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac placed third with $59.5 million, although only two members of its five-person lineup are women. Nevertheless, the return of 1970s veterans Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie was seen as a key to the success of the band's yearlong tour, "On With the Show," Forbes said.

    Lady Gaga ranked fourth with $59 million -- a long way behind her 2011 peak of $90 million, when she was grabbing headlines with outrageous stunts and costumes.

    Last year's top earner, Beyoncé, slipped to fifth place with an estimated $54.5 million.

    The Forbes list measures estimated pretax income from June  2014 to June 2015 and includes earnings from albums, touring, endorsements and other commercial deals.

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