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You’ll Never Guess Who the Highest-Paid Musician of 2015 Is

Forbes has recently released their annual list of the highest-paid musicians in the world and we couldn’t be more surprised. The top spot earned a whopping $135 million this year alone, and what’s more, she didn’t even release an album in 2015. You heard it right folks: Katy Perry was the highest paid musician in 2015.


Not only did she make the most out of everyone on the list—she also made more than Beyoncé and Jay Z combined.

To our astonishment, Adele and Justin Bieber didn’t even make the top 30. Guess it takes more than good looks and talent to make that kind of cash. Read the rest of the list below.

  1. Katy Perry – $135 million

  2. One Direction – $130 million

  3. Garth Brooks – $90 million

  4. Taylor Swift – $80 million

  5. The Eagles – $73.5 million

  6. Calvin Harris – $66 million

  7. Justin Timberlake – $63.5 million

  8. Diddy – $60 million

  9. Fleetwood Mac – $59.5 million

  10. Lady Gaga – $59 million

  11. The Rolling Stones – $57.5 million

  12. Ed Sheeran – $57 million

  13. Jay Z – $56 million

  14. Beyoncé – $54.5 million

  15. Elton John – $53.5 million

  16. Toby Keith – $53 million

  17. Paul McCartney – $51.5 million

  18. Michael Buble – $45.5 million

  19. Jason Aldean – $43.5 million

  20. Luke Bryan – $42.5 million

  21. Kenny Chesney – $42 million

  22. Bruno Mars – $40 million

  23. Drake – $39.5 million

  24. Foo Fighters – $38 million

  25. Tim McGraw – $38 million

  26. David Guetta – $37 million

  27. Florida Georgia Line – $36.5 million

  28. Jimmy Buffet – $36 million

  29. Tiesto – $36 million

  30. Maroon 5 – $33 million

Keep doin’ you Katy. Clearly it’s paying off.

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Paige Herer

U Mass Amherst

Paige Herer is a junior at Penn State. She is majoring in public relations and political science with a minor in international studies with hopes of pursuing a a career in PR after graduation. Her business aspirations include but are not limited to becoming Olivia Pope. She has a passion for reading, drinking coffee, long car rides, and scrolling through online blogs for hours. When Paige isn't being ridiculously productive you can find her walking aimlessly around campus trying to figure out how to operate her DSLR camera, or in her tiny dorm room marathoning any and every John Hughes movie.
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