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Katy Perry tops Forbes’ list of highest-paid female musicians of 2015

MUMBAI: With $135 million in earning this year, pop star Katy Perry has topped Forbes’ annual list of highest-paid female musicians of 2015.

Perry grossed over $2 million per city over the course of 126 shows as part of her Prismatic World Tour and added to her total through deals with Coty, Claire’s and Covergirl.

Katy_Perry“I am proud of my position as a boss, as a person that runs my own company. I’m an entrepreneur. I don’t want to shy away from it,” she told Forbes.

Coming in second was Taylor Swift with $80 million. Almost a year after the launch of ‘1989’, the top release of 2014 with over 3.6 million copies sold, her latest single ‘Wildest Dreams’ has ascended to the top of the charts, boosted by a music video with Scott Eastwood.

However, Forbes states that it was the beginning of her ‘1989’ World Tour that propelled her ahead on the list.

The band Fleetwood Mac attained the fourth spot with $59.5 million earnings. Though the band contains three men, it also boasts two high-profile ladies, namely Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, rendering the group eligible for this list. Its ‘On With The Show’ tour included 86 concerts grossing over $1 million per city.

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga ranked fourth with $59 million, followed by Beyoncé at $54.5 million. Gaga performed 66 shows during Forbes’ scoring period, also cashing in on deals with Versace and MAC, as well as her own ‘Fame’ fragrance.

On the other hand, Beyoncé’s ‘On The Run’ tour with husband Jay Z grossed over $100 million for 19 North American shows.

Other big names on the on the list include Britney Spears at No. 6 with $31 million, who makes the bulk of her earnings on a lucrative Planet Hollywood residency in Las Vegas, and Rihanna at No. 10 with $26 million, who only played nine shows but is set to release new album ‘Anti’ in the coming months.