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Madonna highest-paid musician in the world

Recording artist Madonna performs at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as she tours in support of her album, "MDNA" October 13, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Image by Getty Images

Madonna highest-paid musician in the world

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Nov 20, 2013

Many comparisons have been made between Lady Gaga and Madonna and the rivalry between the two is no secret, but there is no doubt which singer brings home the big bucks.

Madonna is the highest-paid musician in the world, according to Forbes magazine. The Material Girl pulled in $125 last year. That is way more than Lady Gaga's $80 million.

Forbes says that most of Madonna's earnings came from her MDNA Tour, which grossed $305 million. Concert merchandise and her Material Girl clothing line also contributed to her big bottom line.

Bon Jovi was close behind Lady Gaga with $79 million and country singer Toby Keith landed in the No. 4 spot with $56 million. Coldplay rounded out the top 5 with $64 million.

Only living artists are included on the list. If the criteria were changed, Michael Jackson would have came in at No. 1. The King of Pop's estate made $160 million last year.

There has been no word yet on Lady Gaga's reaction to the news. Lady Gaga mocked the feud with Madonna and made fun of herself during her recent "Saturday Night Live" debut.
 

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