Gaga & Madonna Can’t Out-Earn Jacko

Forbes looked at the top earners of the past year in pop music and came up with its annual list of who earned the most. Number one among the living is Madonna, who pulled in $125 million over the past year, making her the highest-paid musician in the world. The bulk of Madge’s millions came from the tail end of her MDNA Tour, which grossed $305 million. She augments her income with heady merchandise sales at concerts, as well as her Material Girl clothing line and Truth or Dare fragrance. Lady Gaga is number two at $80 million, mostly from touring not from her poor-selling new ARTPOP album. Of course, neither Madge nor Gaga can beat Michael Jackson. Last year, his various merchandise and music grossed at least $650 million. Death is always the best career move.

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