Madonna Tops Forbes' List of 2013 Highest-Paid Musicians: See Where Others Ranked

Entertainment Nov. 19, 2013 AT 5:50PM
Madonna on April 12, 2012 in New York City Madonna is crowned the highest-paid musician in 2013. Credit: Kevin Mazur/

If she's living in a material world, it's probably because she makes enough to do so. Madonna has just been crowned 2013's highest-paid musician by Forbes Magazine, raking in $125 million from June 2012 to May 2013. 

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The 55-year-old musical veteran beat out chart-topping artists like Rihanna and fellow icons like Paul McCartney for the top spot on this year's list. According to Forbes, the majority of the singer's income came from the end of her MDNA Tour, which grossed $305 million. 

Lady Gaga comes in second place at $80 million and Bon Jovi is close behind with $79 million. Toby Keith is the highest paid country artist this year, earning $65 million. 

Lady Gaga and Bon Jovi came in at second and third places with $80 and $79 million respectively.
Lady Gaga and Bon Jovi came in at second and third places with $80 and $79 million respectively.
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Justin Bieber beat out Taylor Swift, making $58 million to her $55 million. Power couple Jay Z and Beyonce both made it to the Top 20, with Queen Bey hitting no. 9 at $53 million and HOVA at no. 18 at $42 million. 

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The magazine "took into account concert ticket sales, royalties for recorded music and publishing, merchandise sales, endorsement deals, and other business ventures." 

Madonna's controversial MDNA world tour ended on Dec. 22, 2012.

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