High­est-Paid Mu­si­cians Of 2015

The Star (St. Lucia) - Life Begins 2 Nite - - POP-POURRI -

Katy Perry pulled in $135 mil­lion over the past year, mak­ing her not only the high­est-paid mu­si­cian of the past year, but the top-earn­ing celebrity on the planet af­ter Floyd May­weather and Manny Pac­quiao.

She’s im­me­di­ately fol­lowed in the rank­ings by two other road war­riors: One Di­rec­tion ($130 mil­lion) and Garth Brooks ($90 mil­lion). The for­mer is the big­gest boy band in the world and the top-earn­ing group of any sort, gen­er­at­ing seven-fig­ure grosses at ev­ery stop— giv­ing One Di­rec­tion a pay­day twice as big as the Rolling Stones. Brooks, mean­while, came back from semi-re­tire­ment to gross over $1 mil­lion per show. Tay­lor Swift rounds out the top four with $80 mil­lion, boosted by the launch of 1989, the top re­lease of 2014 with over 3.6 mil­lion copies sold.

Though there are two women in the top four and four in the top ten, the list re­veals a trou­bling pay gap in the mu­sic busi­ness: there are only six fe­males in the top 30, and that’s if you count both women of Fleet­wood Mac. There is, how­ever, a de­cent amount of di­ver­sity on the list when it comes to age (from the young­sters of One Di­rec­tion to 73-year-old Paul McCart­ney, who ranks No. 17 with $51.5 mil­lion) and genre (with Brooks lead­ing the way in coun­try, Diddy tak­ing hip-hop’s cash crown with $60 mil­lion at No. 9, and Calvin Har­ris pac­ing all DJs with $66 mil­lion at No. 6). Sur­pris­ingly, the top-earn­ing cou­ple on the list is not Jay Z and Bey­oncé, who ranked No. 13 and 14 with $56 mil­lion and $54.5 mil­lion, re­spec­tively. That honor goes to Swift and Har­ris, who com­bined to earn $146 mil­lion, thanks mostly to en­dorse­ments and live shows.

One Di­rec­tion, Katy Perry and Garth Brooks are last year’stop money earn­ers.

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