Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Forbes Highest Paid Musicians

1. Madonna

The honor goes to Madonna, who pulled in $125 million over the past year, making her the highest-paid musician in the world. The bulk of Madge’s millions came from the tail end of her MDNA Tour, which grossed $305 million. She augments her income with heady merchandise sales at
concerts, as well as her Material Girl clothing line and Truth or Dare fragrance.

2. Lady Gaga

Though her ARTPOP album was released after the end of our scoring period, the Queen Monster raked in cash on the road before succumbing to a hip injury earlier this year. The tour still grossed $168 million; had she been able to finish, she would have likely topped $200 million.

3. Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi came third with $79 million. The ageless New Jersey rockers said it best themselves: Because We Can. That's the name of their latest stadium tour, which is grossing over $3 million per city. All in all, the group earned more than Kanye West, Skrillex and Carrie Underwood. Last fall, frontman Jon Bon Jovi celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Soul Kitchen, a pay-what-you-can restaurant in Red Bank, N.J.

4. Toby Keith
Toby Keith came fourth with $65 million

5. Cold Play

Cold Play is fifth with $64 million. The pop-rockers have long been compared to Irish supergroup U2, and this year Coldplay out-earned its predecessors on the strength of a world tour that pulled in more than $3 million per city. The band has ascended the ranks of our list with a little help from some superstar friends: frontman Chris Martin and his wife Gwenyth Paltrow are often spotted with Beyoncé (No. 9) and Jay-Z (No. 18), who's been known to join Coldplay onstage.

6. Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber sixth with$58 million)Since appearing on the cover of FORBES last year, the Canadian crooner has toured the world and earned another $58 million (that sum would have been even higher if we hadn't credited him with a double-digit million-dollar merchandise advance last year).

7. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift made the seventh with $55 million

 8. Elton John

Elton John with $54 million

9. Beyonce

Beyoncé ($53 million, tie) After a year off following the birth of baby Blue Ivy, Beyoncé is back on the road with her Mrs. Carter World Tour—a nod to husband Jay Z, whom she out-earned once again—and makes it back to the upper reaches of our list. In addition to grossing over $2 million in every city she plays, she still collects cash from old hits and non-musical ventures including new deals with Pepsi and H&M, as well as her House of Dereon clothing line. 

9. Kenny Chesney

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