The line from the famous song teaches that this is, in fact, a man's world. The artists who have been named by Forbes as the highest paid women in music for 2015 would probably have something to say about that. First on the list is a singer and entertainer who checked in with earnings of over $25 million during the scoring period that was used by Forbes. That is not a figure to sneeze at, particularly when you realize that the woman who made that massive amount of money was not nearly as busy as she has been in prior years. She very well may climb in next year's edition of this list.
The two highest paid women in music for 2015 have allegedly been involved in a public feud for some time. This is the entertainment industry that we are talking about, of course, so it is possible that those two intelligent women are merely looking for ways to generate headlines and buzz as have many others before them. Regardless of whether or not those two women do have “bad blood” between them, there is no denying that both of them have earned small fortunes since bursting onto the scene. There can be only one winner in this list, and she has bragging rights over the singer-songwriter who may be her foe.
10 Rihanna: $26 Million
9 Mariah Carey: $27 Million
8 Miranda Lambert: $28.5 Million
7 Jennifer Lopez: $28.5 Million
6 Britney Spears: $31 Million
5 Beyonce: $54.5 Million
4 Lady Gaga: $59 Million
3 Fleetwood Mac: $59.5 Million
2 Taylor Swift: $80 Million
1 Katy Perry: $135 Million
Is there actually a feud between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry? If there is, Perry has quite a victory over Swift in at least one department: Perry, per Forbes, made $55 million more than Swift during the scoring period. Michelle Coffey of MarketWatch explained Perry's dominance in this category:
Perry’s overall success is often attributed to her ability to connect with fans on a personal level and tap into what they might be feeling.
“They have hopes. They have frustrations. Perry turns those feelings into anthems,” writes Chris Matyszczyk, a marketing expert and owner of Howard Raucous, for Inc. The singer “might surround herself with clever songwriters and marketers, but at the core is her ability to identify a personal feeling that can be shared. And from that she makes money.”
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