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Katy Perry Is Top Earner Among Women in Music, Forbes Says

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FILE - Katy Perry performs at the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 28, 2015.

FILE - Katy Perry performs at the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 28, 2015.

She didn't make as many headlines, nor sell as many albums, but Katy Perry handily beat Taylor Swift to become the highest-earning woman in music this year, according to Forbes.

Perry, 31, earned $135 million in the past 12 months, thanks to a huge worldwide "Prismatic" tour and endorsement deals with beauty companies like Coty and CoverGirl, Forbes estimated in a ranking released Wednesday.

FILE - Singer Taylor Swift performs during her "1989" world tour at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, July 11, 2015.

FILE - Singer Taylor Swift performs during her "1989" world tour at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, July 11, 2015.

Swift, 25, was a distant second, with an estimated $80 million, despite some 8.6 million sales globally for her "1989" hit album and the start of a world tour.

Perry's latest album, "Prism," has sold 4 million copies worldwide since its release in 2013, and the "Roar" singer has been touring for most of the year.

British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac placed third with $59.5 million, although only two members of its five-person lineup are women. Nevertheless, the return of 1970s veterans Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie was seen as a key to the success of the band's yearlong tour, "On With the Show," Forbes said.

Lady Gaga ranked fourth with $59 million — a long way behind her 2011 peak of $90 million, when she was grabbing headlines with outrageous stunts and costumes.

Last year's top earner, Beyonce, slipped to fifth place with an estimated $54.5 million.

The Forbes list measures estimated pretax income from June 2014 to June 2015 and includes earnings from albums, touring, endorsements and other commercial deals.

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