Katy Perry’s $135m Earnings Top Taylor Swift

The Roar singer shakes off Swift, a distant second with $80m, while Fleetwood Mac came a surprise third in the money league.

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Katy Perry (R) surged past Taylor Swift in earnings







Katy Perry has beaten pop rival Taylor Swift to become the highest-earning woman in music this year, according to Forbes.

Perry, 31, earned $135m (£88m) in the past 12 months, compared with an estimated $80m for Swift, 25, the business publication estimated.

British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac came in a surprise third with $59.5m, though only two of its five current members are women – and Christine McVie only rejoined the band last year after a 15-year absence.

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Lady Gaga was ranked fourth with $59m – a fall from her 2011 peak













Perry’s earnings were boosted by a worldwide tour, Prismatic, as well as endorsement deals with beauty firms such as CoverGirl.

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Fleetwood Mac pulled in over $1m per city on year-long tour













The Roar singer’s latest album Prism has sold four million copies worldwide since its release in 2013.

Shake It Off singer Swift ranked a distant second despite some 8.6 million in global sales for her hit album, 1989, and the start of a world tour.

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Last year’s top earner Beyonce slipped to fifth place with $54.5m













Lady Gaga ranked fourth with $59m – a big fall from her 2011 peak of $90m when she grabbed headlines with outrageous stunts and costumes.

Last year’s top earner Beyonce slipped to fifth place with an estimated $54.5m.

Britney Spears ($31m), Jennifer Lopez ($28.5m), Miranda Lambert ($28.5m), Mariah Carey ($27m) and Rihanna ($26m) rounded out the top 10.

The 1970s veterans Fleetwood Mac pulled in over $1m per city on their 86-date, year-long On With the Show tour.

The Forbes list measures estimated pre-tax income from June 2014 to June 2015, and includes earnings from albums, tours, endorsements and other commercial deals.

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