According to the magazine, Gaga raked in $80 million, thanks in large part to her tour. The global jaunt dialed up $168 million before a bum hip sidelined Mother Monster, and Forbes estimates it could have topped $200 million if it went on as planned. Gaga is, of course, readying her new album “#ARTPOP” for release, so between that and the inevitable world tour that will follow, look for this 27-year-old to keep adding stacks of gold doubloons to her already gigantic pile.
Worry not, Bieber fans: The young pop star kept it icy at $58 million, some of which he’s smartly put into investments at big-name start-ups like Spotify (credit Scooter Braun for that). Forbes also admits that he may have cleared even more this year, but that they added a “double-digit million dollar advance” for a merchandising deal to last year’s tally. Not bad for a 19-year-old, right?
A cadre of other familiar faces round out the Top 10: Taylor Swift cleared $55 million, Calvin Harris notched $46 million (and bought a really nice house), Rihanna clocked in at $43 million, Katy Perry rang up $39 million, Adele earned $25 million off your tears, Jennifer Lawrence won an Oscar and brought in $26 million, and Kristen Stewart and her “Twilight” co-star Taylor Lautner each cleared $22 million.
Where does that leave us? For one, curiously scratching our heads at the fact that we have yet to have typed Drake’s name. The 26-year-old rapper seemed pretty confident when he said, “I made Forbes’ list, n—a / F–k your list, everything’s looking gorgeous.” Started from the bottom, still at the bottom? (Just kidding, the dude made $20 million last year, it’s all good.)
Congrats to them all. They all got more money in the bank then me. Just Sayin