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Here are the Highest Paid Musicians of 2013

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    Forbes has published a list of the top-earning musicians of 2013, and leading the way with a mammoth total of $125 million earned is none other than Madonna. Forbes points to the success of her MDNA world tour, as well as other major revenue streams like concert merchandise, her Material Girl clothing line, and her Truth or Dare fragrance.

    Lady Gaga placed at number two, bringing in $80 million over the last year. Bon Jovi came in at three with $79 million, and Coldplay took home a cool $64 million, good enough for fifth on the list

    Other notables include Beyoncé ($53 million); Paul McCartney ($47 million); Roger Waters ($44 million); Muse ($43 million); and Jay Z ($42 million). Somehow, DJ Calvin Harris made $46 million, and Dr. Dre — who’s still considered as a musician, I guess — earned $40 million. And next time your friends tells you Red Hot Chili Peppers are irrelevant, remind them they made $40 million in 2013.

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    In order to form their list, Forbes “looked at income from June 1st, 2012 through June 1st, 2013, using data sources including Pollstar, the RIAA, Nielsen SoundScan, managers, lawyers and many of the artists themselves. We took into account concert ticket sales, royalties for recorded music and publishing, merchandise sales, endorsement deals and other business ventures. Our estimates reflect pretax income before deducting fees for agents, managers and lawyers; only living artists are eligible for the list.”

    Here’s the full list:

    01. Madonna – $125 million
    02. Lady Gaga – $80 million
    03. Bon Jovi – $79 million
    04. Toby Keith – $65 million
    05. Coldplay – $64 million
    06. Justin Bieber – $58 million
    07. Taylor Swift – $55 million
    08. Elton John  – $54 million
    09. Beyonce – $53 million
    09. Kenny Chesney – $53 million
    11. Diddy – $50 million
    12. Paul McCartney – $47 million
    13. Calvin Harris – $46 million
    14. Jennifer Lopez – $45 million
    15. Roger Waters – $44 million
    16. Muse – $43 million
    16. Rihanna – $43 million
    18. Jay Z – $42 million
    18. One Direction – $42 million
    20. Dr. Dre – $40 million
    20. Red Hot Chili Peppers – $40 million
    22. The Rolling Stones – $39 million
    22. Katy Perry – $39 million
    24. Tim McGraw – $33 million
    25. Pink – $32 million
    25. Tiësto – $32 million

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