Madonna Named 2013’s Highest-Paid Musician

All hail Madonna. The Material Girl was named the highest-paid musician of 2013 by Forbes Magazine, raking in $125 million and blowing the rest of her contenders straight out of the water.

Madge made the bulk of her money this year from her MDNA Tour, which grossed $305 million. The rest of her fortune was made thanks to healthy merch sales, her Material Girl clothing line and the debut of her Truth or Dare fragrance.

Lady Gaga came in a not-so-very-close second, making $80 million with her Born This Way Rour, which took in $168 million before it was cancelled early due to Gaga’s hip injury.

According to Forbes, if Gaga had stayed healthy she would have likely made at least $200 million on the tour, thanks to tickets and merch sales. Sales of her new album, ARTPOP, were not added into her total since it was released after the end of the scoring period, which runs from June 1st, 2012 through June 1st, 2013. But, with a comparatively low opening sales week for ARTPOP (roughly 250,000 copies sold), who knows how much that would really help boost Gaga.

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