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Madonna tops Forbes’ list of top-earning women in music

By Daniel S Levine,

In August, Forbes said that Madonna was the highest paid celebrity in the world over the past year, so naturally, she would top any other list the magazine can come up with. The latest that the Material Girl finds herself at the top of is the top-earning women in music.

The magazine said that the “Girl Gone Wild” singer made $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013. That was mostly thanks to the international success of her MDNA tour, although the album itself didn’t sell as well as expected. Madonna also brings in money from her Material Girl clothing line, the Truth or Dare perfume and merchandise. The world tour grossed $305 million.

With $125 million, Madonna also topped Forbes’ list of richest celebrities, beating Steven Spielberg, and the overall list of richest musicians.

Lady Gaga made $80 million during the same time period, which puts her at No. 2 on both the overall musicians list and the women in music list. The “Applause” singer’s ARTPOP was not released during the time period, so her millions came from the end of her previous injury-shortened tour.

Taylor Swift is the seventh richest musician overall, but the third richest woman in music. She earned $55 million, just ahead of Beyonce and her $53 million.

The rest of the Top 10 includes Jennifer Lopez ($45 million); Rihanna ($43 million); Katy Perry ($39 million); Pink ($32 million); Carrie Underwood ($31 million); and Mariah Carey ($29 million).

image: ABC

 
 

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