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Madonna is the biggest earner in the music business in 2013

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Madonna is highest-paid woman in music in 2013 according to Forbes.

While there are many pop princesses that are vying for the title of Queen of Pop and trying to dethrone Madonna, the 55-year old singer remains on top of the world as a cultural icon, and is still the best-selling female recording artist of all time according to the Guinness World Records.

Forbes has recently released its list of the Top-Earning Female Musician of 2013 and Madonna ranks the highest, raking in a cool $125 million over the past year, making her not only the top female earner, but also making her according to American business magazine, “music’s top earner of any genre or gender and the highest-paid celebrity of any stripe.”

Just consider that the highest earning man in music this year was Bon Jovi who pulled in $79 million.

To calculate the income Forbes uses data sources form Pollstar, RIAA, Nielsen SoundScan, managers and attorneys, concert ticket sales, royalties for recorded music and publishing, merchandise sales, endorsement deals and other business ventures.

After garnering ninth position in 2012, Madonna moved into the number one spot thanks to her 2012 MDNA tour, which grossed $305 million, but also income from her Material Girl clothing line and her Truth or Dare fragrance.

Why is Madonna still so popular?

Entertainment attorney Lori Landew of Fox Rothschild told Forbes, “She has global hits and they span decades and genres and generations. Madonna draws her audiences from so many pools and she has connected to so many people through her music that it should be no surprise that her tours are so successful.”

Coming in a distant second was the one and only Lady Gaga .

The Mother Monster pulled in the beauty of $80 million thanks to her Born This Way Ball tour, even if she had to cancel a big part of it due to her hip injury and subsequent surgery.

She’s followed byTaylor Swift , who earned a very respectable $55 million mostly from her album Red, which sold a massive 1.2 million copies in its debut week last year, plus several endorsements.

Just missing a tie for third place by a ‘mere’ $2 million was Beyoncé , who even took some time out at the beginning of 2013 to give birth to her first child , Blue Ivy Carter.

Beyonce’s Mrs Carter Show world tour is grossing $2 million per city and proceeds from her House of Dereon clothing line and endorsement deals with Pepsi and H&M put her into fourth place.

Jennifer Lopez was fifth-highest-earning female in music in 2013, with $45 million, while Rihanna, Katy Perry, Pink, Carrie Underwood and Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj (tied for 10th) completed the top ten list.

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