NewsWritten by Sarah Bella on June 27, 2013
Pop superstar Lady Gaga has topped the annual Forbes Most Powerful Musicians list for 2013, beating fellow Americans Beyoncé and Madonna to the top spot, which is based on earnings, social media and press mentions.
The Poker Face singer muscled her way to the number 1 position with the $80 million she earned this financial year, despite having to cancel her Born This Way tour part way through thanks to a hip injury. Gaga also has 38 million Twitter followers and 58 million fans on Facebook, adding to her influence, and is second only to Oprah in the overall Most Powerful Celebrities list.
Beyoncé took out second place, earning $2 million per show for her Mrs Carter world tour, as well as having lucrative deals with Pepsi and H&M. Madonna placed in 3, earning more than Gaga and Bey but not ranking as highly in press mentions or social media. Taylor Swift and Bon Jovi rounded out the top 5 and Coldplay were the only UK artists to crack the list.
Lady Gaga is expected to release her third studio album ARTPOP later this year. Check out the complete Forbes Most Powerful Musicians list below.
Gallery: Forbes Most Powerful Musicians 2013
#1 - Lady Gaga earned $80 million over the past year and would have banked even more but for a hip injury that cut her most recent tour short.
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#2 - Beyonce takes home over $2 million for every city she plays, plus has her own House of Dereon clothing line and deals with Pepsi and H&M.
#3 - Madonna's MDNA Tour grossed a cool $305 million over the past few years. She's got plenty of advertising deals under her belt too.
#4 - Taylor Swift has endorsement deals with Sony, Diet Coke and Covergirl, as well as making obscene amounts of money on her worldwide 'Red' tour
#5 - Bon Jovi net $3 million in every city they play, and still find time to give back; JBJ has waived his performance fee in a number of struggling European cities and his "pay what you can" Soul Kitchen restaurant recently celebrated its 1-year anniverary.
#6 - J. Bibbles earned $58 million in the last year, and investments in tech start-ups will see him continue to rake it in.
#7 - Jennifer Lopez's rank slipped from last year after she ditched her $12 million paycheck from 'American Idol' but she's still holding on thanks to her world tour and other TV gigs.
#8 - RiRi's seventh album in 7 years 'Unapologetic' helped boost her rankings, as did numerous advertising deals.
#9 - Coldplay's world tour took in over $3 million per show.
#10 - Katy Perry's relatively quiet year still saw her earn plenty from private gigs, as well as her fragrance with Coty and a deal with Popchips, the snackmaker in which she also holds a stake.