With earnings of $125 million (£76,317,235.48), pop singer Madonna is the highest-paid woman in music, easily surpassing Lady Gaga and country-pop singer Taylor Swift, Forbes said on Wednesday.
Her income for the 12-month period used by the magazine also made her the highest-earning celebrity overall, it said.
Much of Madonna's earnings from June 2012 to June 2013 were from her worldwide MDNA Tour, which pulled in $305 million. But the 55-year-old singer, who jumped from ninth place in 2012, also made money with merchandising sales, her fragrance and from her Material Girl clothing line.
She is "music's top earner of any genre or gender and the highest-paid celebrity of any stripe," according to Forbes.
Lady Gaga, with $80 million, jumped from No. 4 to No. 2 this year, despite her Born This Way Ball tour being cut short due to an injury. Gaga, 27, released her album "ARTPOP" after the cut off date for Forbes' annual earnings calculations.
Swift, 23, dropped from second place in 2012 to third this year. Her $55 million in earnings came from sales of her latest album "Red" as well as endorsement deals, records sales and touring.
Forbes compiled the list after estimating pre-tax income based on record sales, concert tickets, touring information merchandise sales and interviews with concert promoters, lawyers and managers. It also looked at data from the Pollstar trade magazine, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan.
Singer Beyonce, 32, came in fourth, not far behind with $53 million. The R&B star, who rose two places from last year, was also on the road with her Mrs. Carter World Tour, and earned cash from her House of Dereon clothing line and endorsement deals.
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Dec 11 2013
Madonna's daughter Lourdes showed she had picked up some tips from her famous mum as she starred in a school production of Grease.
The 17-year-old played Pink Lady Betty Rizzo in the play at LaGuardia Performing Arts High School in New York, and dazzled the audience - which included the Queen of Pop - with her acting and singing abilities.
According to the Daily Mirror, Lourdes was cheered throughout the show as she sang songs including Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee and There Are Worse Things I Could Do.
The teenager apparently impressed critics with her performance, with the New York Daily News saying she had " comic chops and confidence on stage".
And an audience member told Us Weekly: "[She was] really good. She is a great singer, dancer and actress and seemed completely comfortable on the stage. She also seemed like she was having a lot of fun with the part."
The show gave Madonna something to celebrate following reports she has split from her boyfriend Brahim Zaibat.
The 55-year-old singer had been dating the 25-year-old dancer for three years but they have called time on their romance because of their busy work schedules, reported PerezHilton.com.
It seems they decided to split after Brahim signed up for the French version of US show Dancing With The Stars.
Dec 11 2013
Kate Winslet has reportedly given birth to a baby boy.
The Oscar-winning actress and her husband Ned Rocknroll welcomed their son on December 7 and are "thrilled to bits", reported the MailOnline.
The baby - Kate's third child and their first together - was born at a hospital in Sussex and weighed 9lbs, according to the website.
A spokesman said Kate and the baby are "doing great".
"Kate had 'Baby Boy Winslet' on Saturday at an NHS Hospital," the representative added.
No further details have been announced, such as the name of the couple's new arrival.
Kate, 38, is already mother to 13-year-old daughter Mia from her marriage to director Jim Threapleton, and nine-year-old son Joe from her marriage to director Sam Mendes.
The actress tied the knot with 35-year-old Ned - Richard Branson's nephew - in December 2012.
Dec 11 2013
Pink says she believes her husband deserves some credit for the success of Just Give Me a Reason, which has been nominated for the song of the year Grammy.
The track, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks, is about holding on to a troubled relationship.
"It means everything because it's a conversation between lovers fighting the good fight and that's been our life," Pink said in an interview on Tuesday, standing next to her motorcycle racer husband Carey Hart. "Our family is everything to us."
The 34-year-old often details their rocky relationship in her music.
"At the end of the day I crawl onto his lap and complain, so if someone wants to award me for that, they should give him the award," she said.
Pink was in great spirits on Tuesday in New York City, where Billboard named the pop star its woman of the year.
"It's been a long road," she said. "It's been a roller coaster and I'm on board for the rises and the falls of it all."
Pink's successful year includes a top-grossing international tour and awards, an MTV Video Music Award among them. The Truth About Love, her sixth album released last year, has sold 1.8 million copies.
Just Give Me a Reason, which has sold four million tracks and features Nate Ruess of fun., is also nominated for best pop duo/group performance at the January 26 Grammy Awards.
Pink, who has won four Grammys, said being up for the coveted song of the year is unreal.
"That's a new thing for me," she said. "It's a pinch-me moment. I'm afraid to cross the street."
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Dec 11 2013
Glee star Lea Michele is ready to launch her solo music career.
The 27-year-old will release her debut album Louder on March 4.
She said the album is a reflection of her "experiences over this past year" and her "journey as an artist up to this point".
The first single, Cannonball, written by Sia, is available for download.
On Glee, she plays Rachel Berry, a college student in New York City who dreams of becoming a famous Broadway star.
Dec 11 2013
Miley Cyrus, the pop star who caused a sensation with her raunchy performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, was named best artist of 2013 by the cable TV network on Tuesday.
MTV said the singer dominated the music charts and the headlines with the release of her album "Bangerz," her jaw-dropping performances at awards shows and her hosting stint on the television sketch show "Saturday Night Live."
"She is the third artist to receive the distinction of being named MTV's Best Artist of the Year with past honorees including Katy Perry (2012) and One Direction (2011)," MTV said in a statement announcing the results.
Cyrus, 21, was also ranked MTV.com top artist, based on fan visits to the site, and had the most watched video of 2013 with her live performance with singer Robin Thicke at the VMAs.
In an MTV documentary released in October, the "We Can't Stop" singer admitted that she was out to shock and to push the boundaries. She said she was unapologetic for her provocative performance with Thicke.
Cyrus, the former Disney Channel star who shot to fame in the show "Hannah Montana," has made a concerted effort to shed her good-girl teen image with her suggestive performances and revealing outfits.
Hip-hop artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis came in second on the MTV list of best artists for 2013, with Justin Timberlake, rapper Kanye West and British boy band One Direction rounding out the top five.
Katy Perry was No. 6, followed by rapper Drake, R&B singer Bruno Mars, 17-year-old New Zealand-born singer/songwriter Lorde and Lady Gaga.
Dec 10 2013
Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones have played Hyde Park - and now McBusted are to follow in their footsteps.
The pop group formed by members of Busted and McFly have announced they will headline at British Summer Time Hyde Park in July.
Harry Judd said the band, who have already organised a tour, all "laughed" when they were told the news.
Matt Wills joked: "It does feel ridiculous. Bruce Springsteen played Hyde Park, the Rolling Stones played Hyde Park. Now McBusted."
The band are rumoured to have been offered a record deal to write new material.
The group said they might pen new songs on tour, and that there had been lots of interest from record companies, but nothing had been signed yet.
McFly's Dougie Poynter joked: "We don't want to commit. It's like New Year.
"You don't want to say what you're doing until the last minute."
There had also been speculation that ex-Busted star Charlie Simpson, who decided not to join McBusted, could have changed his mind.
Speaking at a news conference in central London, Willis said: "Charlie's not ready to do this yet. But we talk to him all the time.
"He's our mate, so hopefully, who knows. We'll leave the door open."
McBusted will headline on Sunday, July 6, with special guests the Backstreet Boys.
McFly star Judd said: "We're confident that we're going to be able to put on a really good show.
"We have a big tour beforehand so we'll be well rehearsed."
Tickets go on general release from Friday.
Dec 10 2013
Award-winning actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio is starting a motor racing team to compete in the new all-electric Formula E series.
The Oscar-nominated star of The Aviator and Titanic is co-founding the new Venturi Grand Prix team, which is based in Monaco and will race in the inaugural season, starting next September.
DiCaprio said: "The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient, clean-energy vehicles.
"Venturi Grand Prix has shown tremendous foresight in their decision to create an environmentally friendly racing team, and I am happy to be a part of this effort."
The actor is famous for his environmental campaigning and last month donated $3m (£1.8m) to the World Wildlife Fund charity.
Formula E is a new FIA Championship and will use electric single-seater race cars capable of speeds in excess of 150mph.
The series will compete on 10 city circuits in 10 different cities, starting in Beijing and ending in London the following June.
Ten teams, each with two drivers, will go head-to-head in an effort to increase interest in electric cars and spark innovation in the technology.
DiCaprio's team is the 10th and final team to be announced.
Last week, Sir Richard Branson announced his return to motor sport , with Virgin Racing entering a team.
American comedian Adam Sandler topped Forbes' list of Hollywood's most-overpaid actors, commanding a high up-front fee while delivering middling returns, the magazine said on Monday.
Sandler, 47, the star of recent comedies "Jack & Jill" and "That's My Boy," dethroned Eddie Murphy for the dubious distinction. Forbes estimated that Sandler's last three films returned an average of $3.40 for every dollar he was paid.
Murphy topped last year's list, returning an average of $2.30 at the box office for each dollar earned.
Katherine Heigl, who starred in the poorly performing films "Killers" and "One for the Money," placed slightly behind Sandler, returning an average of $3.50 per every dollar she earned.
The list, compiled annually by Forbes, counts the last three films an actor has starred in over the past three years. This year's list was cut off at June 1, and so it excluded Sandler's buddy comedy "Grown Ups 2," which was released in July and performed well at the box office.
Forbes did not say how much Sandler earned on his last three films. But the magazine said he was one of the few movie stars who could still command more than $15 million per film, on an "up front" arrangement. Hollywood studios in recent years have shifted to paying smaller up-front fees and tie actors' pay with the film's box office performance.
The magazine said it examined actors' pay, film budgets and expenses to calculate the average return an actor brings per dollar paid.
Reese Witherspoon, the star of recent films "Water for Elephants" and "This Means War," was third on this list, with an average return of $3.90 for every dollar she was paid.
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Dec 10 2013
Comic mega star Will Ferrell has pledged to go skinny dipping in the Liffey during his visit to Dublin.
No stranger to Ireland, the Anchorman 2 star said he expected about 50 people to turn up to the movie's premiere.
But he was astounded to see hundreds lining the pavement of the capital's main thoroughfare O'Connell Street tonight, craning to catch a glimpse.
"It's been fantastic," he said, as he headed into the packed Savoy Cinema to introduce the eagerly-awaited comedy sequel.
The star, 46, and the rest of the film cast sampled some of the capital's best Guinness at popular pub Toner's before the premiere.
"I just had a half pint," he insisted.
Ferrell, who is best known for his role as anchorman Ron Burgundy in the blockbuster films about San Diego's top news team, said it was great to reprise the part.
"We obviously had a great time being back together and recreating, bringing those characters back to life," he said.
The star, whose family has connections with Longford and who was awarded the prestigious James Joyce Award at University College Dublin five years ago, seemed undaunted by the cold December chill when he insisted he was going to jump in the Liffey "in the buff".
"Right about 1am in the morning, if you have the courage to do it, join us," he added.
Ferrell, also known for his hilarious role in Zoolander and his earlier TV sketches on Saturday Night Live, walked the red carpet with his fellow cast members Paul Rudd and Steve Carell.
Rudd, who plays man-on-the-street reporter Brian Fantana in the Anchorman films, joked the Irish authorities would not allow him to bring his character's potent Sex Panther Cologne into the country.
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