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Atop the Material World: Madonna leads Forbes’ highest-paid musician list

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 18:50 EDT
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Madonna arrives in the press room at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 19, 2013. [AFP]
 
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Business magazine Forbes named Madonna the highest-paid musician in the world on Tuesday, estimating her earnings at $125 million in the year to June.

Revenues from her MDNA concert tour plus sales of Madonna-related products and merchandise put the Material Girl, 55, well ahead of Lady Gaga at $80 million.

The Mother Monster’s income would have been higher had a hip injury not forced her to abandon a global concert tour, Forbes said.

Veteran rocker Bon Jovi placed third at $79 million, followed by country star Toby Keith ($25 million) and British band Coldplay ($64 million).

Forbes based its list, posted on forbes.com, on pretax income from ticket sales, royalties, merchandising, endorsements and other ventures.

It doesn’t take into account fees for agents, managers and lawyers.

Only living artists can make the list — otherwise, Forbes said, Michael Jackson would have been number one with a posthumous income of $160 million.

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