And the highest paid woman in music is …


Katy Perry dethrones Queen Bey, as the new highest paid woman in music.

The 31-year-old pop star nabbed the No. 1 on Forbes 2015 list of the world’s highest-paid women in music with estimated annual earnings of a $135 million. Can we just let that settle in for a minute? The “Roar” singer made fortune from her 126-show “Prismatic” world tour, which ended in October, in addition to a series of endorsement deals with Covergirl, Coty, and Claire’s Accessories. That means Perry advanced four spots from last year, when she held fifth place, with $40 million.

Coming in at second place is Perry’s former gal pal, Taylor Swift, 25, who banked $80 million this year. That’s less than two-thirds of what Perry earned, from sales of her 2014 album 1989 (which she famously refused to put on Spotify), as well as tickets for her popular “1989” world tour. Is this the true source behind Swift and Perry’s “Bad Blood?” According to Forbes‘ 2014 list, Swift grossed $64 million the year prior.

In case you missed a recap of all the epic celebrity guest spots via social media, Swift recently wrapped up the U.S. leg of her tour on Halloween in Tampa, Florida, where she sang a duet of “Let It Go” with Frozen star Idina Menzel, one of several stars the singer brought onstage during her tour.

On the other hand, Beyoncé, 34, who topped Forbes‘ 2014 list with $115 million in annual earnings, scored fifth place on Forbes’ 2015 roster with annual earnings of $54.5 million. In 2014, Queen Bey wrapped up her “Mrs. Carter Show” world tour before hitting the road with her rapper husband Jay Z, for their “On the Run” show. Other notable artists who made the magazine’s world’s highest-paid women in music 2015 list include Lady Gaga, 29, with $59 million; Jennifer Lopez, 46, with 28.5 million; and the recently single Miranda Lambert, 31, with 28.5 million. Way to go, girls!

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