Madonna is Forbes’ top-earning celebrity thanks to MDNA tour
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The singer’s best preparation for the demands of directing a movie may have been her ambitious, visually driven live shows. “When you’re putting a show together, you’re dealing with so many elements,” she said. “You’re creating a stage and working with lights and costumes and dancers who you could say are the actors. You’re paying attention to the minutiae and you’re also stepping back and looking at the bigger picture. I always like to tell stories in my show and have some kind of an arc. I have a crew that I rely on desperately and ... I’m working with creative people, so I need to be judicious with the way that I speak with them. I’ve always been intricately involved in every aspect of my show. I know where all the nails are on the stage.” (Ettore Ferrari / EPA)
“Sometimes [Lourdes] will do certain things or say certain things and I’ll feel like I’m looking in a mirror,” Madonna said. “I’ll get really irritated with her and then I’ll stop and think, ‘But that’s what I used to do.’ Or ‘That’s what I do.’ If I complain to my friends and say, ‘Oh, she’s so strong willed or she’s so opinionated,’ they look at me and go, ‘Well, what did you expect?’ ”
“I have 12 minutes and 40 seconds to do something extravagant and exciting in the middle of something that’s quite sacred to all of America,” she said. “No one’s asked me to tone down my moves. They were curious about my costumes and the costumes of the dancers.... They were very clear with us up front that they don’t want nipples or anything like that, and I didn’t have any intention of doing that, so I was like, ‘OK, we’re cool.’ I’m more nervous about this than most things I’ve done, simply because ... it’s not how I’m used to working. I’m a perfectionist. I like everything to be done just so, and I like to run things and run things and run things until people can do it with their eyes closed.” (Mark Cornelison / Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT)
In this photo, Madonna performs in concert at the Forum on May 24, 2004. (Los Angeles Times)
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Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon-Talley said she “turned up around 8:30 p.m. dressed as a Louise Brooks-sleek brunette-bobbed punk diva, resplendent with marvelous studs, and a short Givenchy Haute Couture jacket that topped off her stockinged legs and fuchsia heels.” (Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty Images)
In this photo, Madonna waves in central Rome after visiting her Hard Candy Fitness center, a global chain of gyms opening around the world, on August 21, 2013. (Tiziana Fabi / AFP / Getty Images)
Madonna is 2013’s top-earning celebrity, according to Forbes.
The “MDNA” rock star is said to have earned an estimated $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013, the mag said. Sales for her last album, “MDNA,” were poor, but “MDNA’s” corresponding tour, which happened to coincide with her powerhouse halftime-show performance at the 2012 Super Bowl, bolstered her earnings big time.
The tour grossed $305 million, according to the mag, thanks to fans who shelled out “upwards of $100 a ticket” to hear the Material Girl’s classic hits like “Vogue” and “Like a Virgin.” The tour also earned her the top touring award at 2012’s Billboard Music Awards.
The 55-year-old mother of four, whose full name is Madonna Louise Ciccone, also sells tons of merch, and has a clothing line, fragrances and investments, which helped her forge her way to the top of the list. In 2009, the mag estimated she earned $110 million, which is the closest she ever came to this year’s high. She replaces 2012’s top earner, Oprah Winfrey in the No. 1 spot. The TV queen dropped from first first to ninth place.
Here are this year’s top 10 highest-earning celebrities. For more on how they made their money and the complete list, click here.
1. Singer Madonna, $125 million
2. Director-producer Steven Spielberg, $100 million
3. “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James, “X Factor’s” Simon Cowell and radio and TV host Howard Stern tied for third place, each earning $95 million. (Cowell and Stern also topped this year’s list for highest paid TV personalities.)
4. Author James Patterson, $91 million
5. The Blaze founder and media personality Glenn Beck, $90 million
6. “Transformers” director-producer Michael Bay, $82 million
7. “Pirates of the Caribbean” producer Jerry Bruckheimer and singer Lady Gaga, $80 million
8. Director-producer Tyler Perry and pro golfer Tiger Woods, $78 million
9. Oprah Winfrey, $77 million (Fun fact: In June, the TV queen topped Forbes’ list of the 100 most powerful celebs for the fifth time in a row. That list measures a mix of earning and fame.)
10. “Iron Man 3" star Robert Downey Jr., $75 million (He’s also the highest paid actor in Hollywood. More about that here.)
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