Well, that is to say the calculations are of revenue that was made and actually reported.
The Material Girl beats out the girl with new material and tops our list of the top-earning musicians by a wide margin
1. Madonna – $125m
2. Lady Gaga – $80m
3. Bon Jovi – $79m
4. Toby Keith – $65m
5. Coldplay – $64m
6. Justin Bieber – $58m
7. Taylor Swift – $55m
8. Elton John – $54m
9. Beyonce – $53m
10. Kenny Chesney -$53m
11. Sean “Diddy” Combs – $50 million
12. Sir Paul McCartney – $47 million
13. Calvin Harris – $46 million
14. Jennifer Lopez – $45 million
15. Roger Waters – $44 million
16. Muse – $43 million (tie)
16. Rihanna – $43 million (tie)
18. Jay Z – $42 million (tie)
18. One Direction – $42 million (tie)
20. Dr. Dre – $40 million
20. Red Hot Chili Peppers ($40 million, tie)
22. Rolling Stones – $39 million (tie)
22. Katy Perry – $39 million (tie)
24. Tim McGraw – $33 million (tie)
>25. Pink – $32 million (tie)
25. Tiësto – $32 million (tie)
She made her money through her MDNA world tour, merchandise sales, a clothing line and a brand of perfume.
In the not too shabby number 2 slot was our Lady Gaga, who earned a cool $80 million in the same period. Gaga, 27, made most of her money though her Born This Way Ball tour before she injured her hip and cancelled the remaining dates. So her revenue was definitely lower than anticipated.
Bon Jovi,showed up with an impressive $79 million and Forbes’ third place spot.
Country artist Cowboy Toby Keith piled on 65 million while Coldplay was right behind by 1 million with $64 million to take the fifth place spot.
It is hard to digest but Justin Bieber takes sixth place with $58 million.
Not making the top ten this year was Hip-hop artist Sean “Diddy” Combs who was in this year’s 11th on the list, because of his vodka business, while rapper and entrepreneur Jay Z takes the 18th spot.
Hip-hop artist Dr Dre topped Forbes’ highest-paid musicians list last year but is down to 20th place this time.
The top 25 is put together by using data from Pollstar, the RIAA, Nielsen SoundScan, managers, lawyers and artists.
Concert ticket sales, royalties for recorded music and publishing, merchandise sales, endorsement deals and other business ventures are also taken into account.
Estimates reflect pre-tax income before fees for agents, managers and lawyers are deducted and ranges from 1 June 2012 to 1 June 2013.
Only living artists are eligible for the list.