By JACOB BRYANT
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 US$135mil (RM576mil) 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 US$2mil (RM8.4mil) 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 US$80mil (RM336mil). 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 US$59.5mil (RM249.9mil) total, with over US$1mil (RM4.2mil) per city for their On With The Show tour, put them at No.3.
Lada Gaga and Beyonce rounded out the top five with US$59mil (RM247.8mil) and US$54.5mil (RM228.9mil), 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 US$100mil (RM420mil) in 19 dates.
The rest of the top 10 includes Britney Spears (US$31mil/RM130.2mil), Jennifer Lopez (US$28.5mil/RM119.7mil), Miranda Lambert (US$28.5mil/RM119.7mil), Mariah Carey (US$27mil/RM113.4mil) and Rihanna (US$26mil/RM109.2mil). – Reuters