The highest-paid musician in 2013? According to Forbes, it’s Madonna.
In the magazine’s annual rating of the top-earning musicians in show business, the Material Girl stole the show, pulling in $125 million.
Madonna’s success stems chiefly from the end of her “MDNA” tour, which grossed a total of $305 million since its inception, earning her the prize of Top Touring Artist at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. That income, Forbes says, was complemented by sales from the pop star’s clothing line and the debut of her new fragrance.
Not only did the singer make a ton of money in 2013 — she also made a hefty margin more than her closest competitor. Lady Gaga is reportedly the second-highest-paid artist, garnering $80 million this year. That number’s a bit lower than what could’ve been, had she not succumbed to a hip injury during her “Born This Way” tour that caused its early cancellation.
The list’s first rocker is Bon Jovi. The band comes in at No. 3 on Forbes’ list, having earned $79 million — mostly thanks to its Because We Can tour, which earned the group about $3 million per date. Toby Keith hit fourth with $65 million while Coldplay went to No. 5 with $64 million — both getting assists from tours as well and Keith profiting from his newly-opened restaurants.
Bruce Springsteen, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Elton John took Nos. 5-9, while Beyonce and Kenny Chesney tied to round out the top 10.