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€92m Material Girl pips Gaga to top rich list as U2 drop out


 Madonna. Photo: Reuters

Madonna. Photo: Reuters

Madonna. Photo: Reuters

U2 are nowhere to be seen on a 2013 list of the world's 25 highest-paid musicians.

The poll by Forbes reflects concert ticket sales, royalties for recorded music and publishing, merchandise sales, endorsement deals and other business ventures for the period from June 1 last year to June 1 this year.

But with U2's last tour ending in July 2011 and the Irish group off the road and in the studio, they have not been earning the usual money from live shows.

Nor have they made it back from record sales – and their next album is not due to be released until April 2014.

Other factors that have seen the Irish rock legends take their foot off the pedal include the wedding of Adam Clayton to his Brazilian girlfriend Mariana de Carvalho in Dublin last September.

In the group's absence, veteran popstar Madonna beat upstart Lady Gaga to the top of the list of the world's 25 highest-paid musicians.

The Material Girl (55) made an estimated €92m from June 2012 to June this year, the report said.

Lady Gaga earned €59m in the same period, with Bon Jovi, Toby Keith and Coldplay in third, fourth and fifth spots.


Hip-hop artist Dr Dre topped Forbes' highest-paid musicians list last year, but slipped to 20th place this time.

The top 25 is put together using data from industry bodies Pollstar, the RIAA, and Nielsen SoundScan, as well as managers, lawyers and artists.

In 2012, U2 ranked fourth on the Forbes list, earning €57m from their hugely successful 360 tour.