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Katy Perry Is Currently The Highest-Paid Woman in Music


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This one absolutely surprised me. Who has earned the most money among female music artists in 2015? Not Taylor Swift as I thought, not Beyonce, not Lady Gaga or even Madonna, no way! It’s Katy Perry, according to Forbes which put her at the top of the list with a whooping $135 million, mostly due to her very successful Prismatic world tour.

‘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. I actually want to kind of grab it by its balls,’ she declared to Forbes a bit earlier this year. Indeed, this is the key, I don’t consider Katy Perry or any of these other women as artists per se they are entrepreneurs, business women and this is why they get the big bucks.

Of course Taylor Swift is number 2, but I honestly thought she would be number 1, although she (only) earned $80 million this year, followed by Lady Gaga ($59 million) and Beyonce with $54.5 million, and there’s also Fleetwood Mac on the list but it’s a band made of men and women so why should they be considered in the same category?

It’s strange because we heard about Taylor Swift so many times this year, and barely heard anything about Perry, but let’s compare the two: Swift sold 8.6 million sales globally for her ‘1989’ album whereas Perry sold only 4 million of ‘Prism’ since its release in 2013… However Perry beats Swift mostly because she has been working very hard at getting endorsements deals with beauty companies like Coty and CoverGirl,… and let’s not forget about this Super Bowl halftime show. It’s obvious that these numbers don’t mean much in terms of artistry and talent, they only reflect how good they are to become the poster girl for another trendy brand and that’s one of the reasons why mainstream doesn’t matter… And this si also why these high-paid women fight teeth and nails to get to the top, meaning that this news is not going to heal the Swift-Perry bad blood any time soon.

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