NEW YORK (REUTERS) - 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 US$135 million (S$190 million) in the past 12 months, thanks to a huge worldwide "Prismatic" tour and endorsements deals with beauty companies like Coty and CoverGirl, Forbes estimated in a ranking released on Wednesday.
Swift, 25, was a distant second, with an estimated US$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 some four million worldwide since its release in 2013 and the Roar singer has been touring for most of the year.
British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac was placed third with US$59.5 million although only two of its five current line-up are women.
Nevertheless, the return of 1970s veterans Stevie Nicks and Christine McVeigh was seen as a key to the success of the band's year-long tour "On With the Show," Forbes said.
Lady Gaga was ranked fourth with US$59 million - a long way behind her 2011 peak of US$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 US$54.5 million.
The Forbes list measures estimated pre-tax income from June 2014 to June 2015, and includes earnings from albums, touring, endorsements and other commercial deals.