Thursday, July 30, 2015

The 'Material Girl' reigns supreme! Madonna named 2013′s highest-paid musician

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The Queen of Pop reigns supreme!

Leave it to the original “Material Girl” to rake in the most money; Madonna not only topped this this year’s list as the highest paid musician in the world, but she out-earned the number two spot by a staggering $45 million.

Forbes credits her status to the end of her highly successful MDNA tour, which grossed $305 million total. The sale of merchandise at concerts, paired with her Material Girl clothing line and Truth or Dare fragrance, added up to $125 million.

Lady Gaga came in a not-so-close second, earning $80 million. Though the list makers posit that had she not paused her tour due to a hip injury, she could have passed $200 million. Another factor keeping her in second place is that her new album, ARTPOP was released after the scoring period (June 1, 2012 – June 1, 2013) had ended. She can easily slide into the top spot next year with these roadblocks out of her way.

The rest of the top ten is a smattering of big-name artists from many different genres; pop, rock and country are all represented. Bon Jovi, claiming the third spot, brought in $79 million (mostly from touring) and managed to make more than Kanye West, Skrillex, and Carrie Underwood combined.

As it stands, this list reflects the top-paid living musicians. If that very technical detail were removed from the criteria, Madonna would have been bested by the King of Pop–Michael Jackson posthumously earned $160 million.

Check out the rest of the top ten. Did your favorite artist make the cut?

1. Madonna ($125 million)
2. Lady Gaga ($80 million)
3. Bon Jovi ($79 million)
4. Toby Keith ($65 million)
5. Coldplay ($64 million)
6. Bruce Springstein ($63 million)
7. Justin Bieber ($58 million)
8. Taylor Swift ($55 million)
9. Elton John ($54 million)
10. Beyonce and Kenny Chesney (tied at $53 million)

Ashleigh Schmitz
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