Forbes has released it’s list for highest paid musicians in 2015 and it’s fair to say one of it’s most striking elements is the diversity that’s demonstrated. Artists span genres, widely range in age and have been realising music from a couple of years to decades!

The main contributing factor to the success of these 10 highest earning musicians, would once have come down to number of record sales, but now is mostly dependent on the size and scale of tours, endorsements and other business ventures. Katy Perry who tops this list, played a hugely impressive 126 shows within the scoring period, more than anyone else that featured in the top ten.

Even though Adele released her phenomenal 25 later into the year, selling a whopping 3.38 million copies in a week, she was too late to make the top ten in last years list. However, with the huge amount of shows she has lined up on her tour and the sales of her much anticipated album still soaring, it’s fair to say she’ll be expected towards the top of next years list.

Katy Perry’s staggering $135 million made in the year, mainly from a phenomenal amount of shows, not only makes her the highest-paid musician of the year, but the third highest earning celebrity in the world after Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Where is the money coming from?

One of the major aspects of the complete list by Forbes, is the fact that even though Perry tops the list for highest earners, only 5 other women appear within the top 30 – 2 of those are in Fleetwood Mac. It’s a hugely motivating point for women in Music and with the shift focussing on to massive stadium-filling tours, artists are changing the priorities that are given to various elements that are present in the music business. The focus has shifted from focussing on record sales from filling incredibly bug venues and looking at endorsements and business ventures that cement their own personal brands.

Take a look at the top ten below and for full research, the Forbes article can be found here.

The 10 Highest Paid Musicians In The World

10. Lady Gaga –  $59 Million

9. Fleetwood Mac – $59.5 Million

8. Sean “Diddy” Combs – $60 Million

7. Justin Timberlake – $63.5 Million

6. Calvin Harris – $66 Million

5. The Eagles – $73.5 Million

4. Taylor Swift – $80 Million

3. Garth Brooks – $90 Million

2. One Direction – $130 million

1. Katy Perry – $135 million

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