Madonna top Forbes ‘Highest Paid Musicians 2013’ list

Lady Gaga and Bon Jovi rank second and third

Forbes has named Madonna at the top of their “Highest Paid Musicians 2013” list. The “Papa Don’t Preach” singer raked $125 million over the past year, making her the highest paid musician in the world. The bulk of Madonna’s fortune comes from her MDNA Tour which grossed $305 million, but also includes concert merchandise sales as well as her Material Girl clothing line and Truth or Dare fragrance.

Lady Gaga ranks a far second with $80 million after grossing over $160 million on her latest tour. Forbes estimates that the singer’s tour would have grossed $200 million had she not suffered a hip injury that forced her to cancel the remainder of the tour. Her latest album, Artpop, released November 11th via Interscope Records, dropped after the scoring period, but could help land her at number one on next year’s list.

Bon Jovi falls right behind Gaga at number three with $79 million largely due to its highly successful Because We Can Tour. Despite guitarist Richie Sambora’s absence since April, the tour grosses over $3 million per city.

Country megastar Toby Keith lands at number four with $65 million due to his extensive touring, record label, mescal line and restaurant chain, while pop-rockers Coldplay lands at number five with a hefty $64 million payday.

Rounding out the top ten are New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen at number six with $62 million, pop tart Justin Beiber at number seven with $58 million, country-pop princess Taylor Swift at number eight with $55 million and Rocketman Elton John at number nine with $54 million. A tie puts R&B queen Beyonce and country superstar Kenny Chesney at number ten with $53 million each. After taking a year off from having a baby, Beyonce once again out earned husband Jay Z who is number 19 on the list earning $42 million.

See the top 30 in pictures on Forbes’ website.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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