Top 10 highest-paid celebrities in 2015: Cristiano Ronaldo, Taylor Swift, and...Garth Brooks?

Forbes released its annual 'Celebrity 100' list on Monday, a ranking of the richest celebrities across the globe according to their earnings over the past year. Who's number one?

9. Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift arrives at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

The singer-songwriter took in $80 million this past year, thanks to the commercial success of her ‘1989’ album. Ms. Swift starting to see positive results shortly after her album was released: it sold its 4 millionth copy in mid-January, just 12 weeks after she released it, according to Hollywood Reporter. Then seven weeks later, 1989 outsold her last two albums, ‘Red’ and ‘Speak Now’, totalling her sales to 4.5 million, Billboard reported.  

More recently, Swift has become known for advocating independent musicians’ rights. Shortly after Apple announced it would offer a three-month trial of its streaming service Apple Music, Swift published an open letter to the company, The Monitor previously reported. Swift said she would withhold ‘1989’  from Apple Music because Apple decided to not pay artists during the service’s three-month trial phase. The company later reversed its decision.

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