The unstoppable list-makers at "Forbes" have released their annual rundown of The World's Highest-Paid Musicians. The estimates are based on total earnings from June of LAST year up through this past June.
So no recent tours would be included. It's annoying that the data isn't current . . . but that's what Forbes does. They have one measurement period, and they slowly release these lists over the rest of the year.
MADONNA topped the list with $125 million. A lot of that money came from her 2012 MDNA Tour. Like Madonna, most of the artists on the list made a bulk of their money from TOURING and SIDE BUSINESSES . . . not from actual music sales.
Here's the list:
1. Madonna, $125 million
2. Lady Gaga, $80 million
3. Bon Jovi, $79 million
4. Toby Keith, $65 million
5. Coldplay, $64 million
6. Justin Bieber, $58 million
7. Taylor Swift, $55 million
8. Elton John, $54 million
9. A tie between Beyoncé and Kenny Chesney, with $53 million apiece.
11. Diddy, $50 million
12. Paul McCartney, $47 million
13. Calvin Harris, $46 million
14. Jennifer Lopez, $45 million
15. Roger Waters, $44 million
16. A tie between Muse and Rihanna, with $43 million apiece.
18. A tie between Jay-Z and One Direction, with $42 million apiece.
20. A tie between Dr. Dre and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with $40 million apiece.
22. A tie between the Rolling Stones and Katy Perry, with $39 million apiece.
24. Tim McGraw, $33 million
25. A tie between Pink and Tiesto, with $32 million apiece.
(For more information, hit up Forbes.com.)