Reporting Scott T. Sterling
Among musicians on the list, Lady Gaga took the top spot (No. 2 overall, after Oprah) by earning $80 million over just the past 12 months, despite the singer’s lucrative Born This Way Ball being cut short due to her hip injury. Her staggering social media presence (she has 38 million followers on Twitter alone) is also cited as a deciding factor in Gaga ranking so high. Her next album, ARTPOP, is loosely slated for a release at the end of this year.
Hot on the heels of Gaga at No. 4 overall is Beyonce, whose current Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (which recently added more dates) and forthcoming album is thrusting her back into the spotlight, after she spent most of last year raising her daughter with Jay-Z (he’s No. 32 on the list).
At No. 5 is stalwart music money-maker Madonna, who still dominates the concert stage, with her massive tour behind the album MDNA generating a cool $305 million at the box office (it earned Madge the Billboard Music Award for Top Touring Artist in 2013).
Also near the top is Taylor Swift (No. 6), who shifted an impressive 1.2 million copies of her latest album Red, in just its first week of release back in October of 2012, and Bon Jovi (No. 7), who grossed over $3 million per show on the band’s aptly-titled Because We Can Tour.