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Forbes Reveals 2013 Highest-Earning Musicians

Written by Greg Moskovitch on November 21, 2013

Finance magazine Forbes have released their list of the world’s top-earning musicians, placing pop veteran Madonna at the top of the list, with Madge beating out Lady Gaga and taking home a reported $125 million for the 2013 fiscal, thanks in large part to ticket sales on her MDNA tour.

This year’s list serves as a potent indicator of where the money lies in today’s music industry, the top spots occupied by some of the world’s most notoriously hard-touring artists, with Madonna’s most recent tour netting a cool $300 million total for the workaholic performer.

Gaga’s tour helped her secure the silver and take home $80 million for her trouble. Bon Jovi has managed to channel memories of tears shed for his feathered locks into $79 million this year, while Oklahoma country star Toby Keith and UK megastars Coldplay rounded out the top five.

In the world of hip-hop, Beyoncé, who kicked off her ‘Mrs Carter World Tour’ this year, took home $10 million more than her husband Jay-Z, with the diva earning $53 million, while Dr Dre‘s audio gear line helped him take home $40 million without a record release or tour.

Meanwhile the time when dance music was relegated to leaky warehouse parties and basement raves has truly passed, with Tiesto coming in just below the top 25 with $32 million, while Scottish EDM superstar Calvin Harris took home $46 million––more than Muse or One Direction.

Readers can check out the full top 25, below.

01. Madonna – $125m

02. Lady Gaga – $80m

03. Bon Jovi – $79m

04. Toby Keith – $65m

05. Coldplay – $64m

06. Bruce Springsteen – $62m

07. Justin Bieber – $58m

08. Taylor Swift – $55m

09. Elton John – $54m

10. Beyoncé – $53m

11. Kenny Chesney – $53m

12. Diddy – $50 million

13. Paul McCartney – $47 million

14. Calvin Harris – $46 million

15. Jennifer Lopez – $45 million

16. Roger Waters – $44 million

17. Muse – $43 million

18. Rihanna – $43 million

19. Jay Z – $42 million

20. One Direction – $42 million

21. Dr. Dre – $40 million

22. Red Hot Chili Peppers – $40 million

23. The Rolling Stones – $39 million

24. Katy Perry – $39 million

25. Tim McGraw – $33 million

(Via The Guardian)

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