The Highest-Paid Musicians of 2013

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Forbes just published their list of the top-earning musicians from June 2012—June 2013. Madonna’s globe trotting, atrociously named MDNA Tour separated her from the pack, bringing the crown home to England to the tune of $125 million. Congratulations, Madonna. Congratulations.

The list gets more interesting as you move past the tabloid faces. A class of musical businessperson begins to emerge—those artists that have built a brand that extends past music and into headphones, perfumes, and popchips.

Country music continues to be a presence on the global scene with four representatives on the list, while career musicians like Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Madge herself. The measured business approaches of Dr. Dre, Jay Z, and Diddy all earn spots, while the Wild Card Award is a tie, between ex-Pink Floyd member Roger Waters and Pink.

It’s really up to you to decide whether what these musicians are providing is what they’re getting paid. The real question is where the money has taken precedent over the music on this list. Just remember: Mozart died broke.

MUSICIANS MORE INTERESTING THAN THEIR MUSIC

1. Madonna – $125 million
2. Lady Gaga – $80 million
3. Bon Jovi – $79 million
4. Toby Keith $65 million
5. Coldplay – $64 million
6. Bruce Springsteen – $62 million
7. Justin Bieber – $58 million
8. Taylor Swift – $55 million
9. Elton John – $54 million
10. Beyoncé – $53 million
11. Kenny Chesney – $53 million
12. Diddy – $50 million
13. Paul McCartney – $47 million
14. Calvin Harris – $46 million
15. Jennifer Lopez – $45 million
16. Roger Waters $44 million
17. Muse – $43 million
18. Rihanna – $43 million
19. Jay Z – $42 million
20. One Direction – $42 million
21. Dr. Dre – $40 million
22. Red Hot Chili Peppers – $40 million
23. Rolling Stones – $39 million
24. Katy Perry $39 million
25. Tim McGraw – $33 million
26. Pink – $32 million

via Forbes