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Forbes: Madonna crowns high-paid musicians

12 December 2013 [15:24] - TODAY.AZ
According to Forbes Magazine, Madonna, 55, earned $125 million from June 2012 to May 2013 thanks to her highly-successful MDNA Tour. She also made money with merchandising sales, her fragrance and from her Material Girl clothing line. Now, Madonna is the highest-paid woman in music, easily surpassing Lady Gaga and country-pop singer Taylor Swift.

Madonna is "music's top earner of any genre or gender and the highest-paid celebrity of any stripe," according to Forbes.

Lady Gaga, with $80 million, jumped from No. 4 to No. 2 this year, despite her Born This Way Ball tour being cut short due to an injury. Gaga, 27, released her album "ARTPOP" after the cut off date for Forbes' annual earnings calculations.

Swift, 23, dropped from second place in 2012 to third this year. Her $55 million in earnings came from sales of her latest album "Red" as well as endorsement deals, records sales and touring.

Singer Beyonce, 32, came in fourth, not far behind with $53 million.

Jennifer Lopez, 44, rounded out the top five women with $45 million. Although her earnings dropped after she left her spot as a judge on the TV singing competition show American Idol, she still earned plenty of money from her world tour and the Latin singing competition show Q'Viva for the Fox television network.

Forbes compiled the list after estimating pre-tax income based on record sales, concert tickets, touring information merchandise sales and interviews with concert promoters, lawyers and managers.

It also looked at data from the Pollstar trade magazine, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan. Singer Beyonce, 32, came in fourth, not far behind with $53 million.

The R&B star, who rose two places from last year, was also on the road with her Mrs. Carter World Tour, and earned cash from her House of Dereon clothing line and endorsement deals. Jennifer Lopez, 44, rounded out the top five women with $45 million.


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