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Beyonce trails Madonna and Lady Gaga as highest-paid singer

BIG EARNER: Beyonce still doesn't earn as much as Madonna and Lady Gaga (PA)

BEYONCE WILL have to flog more concert tickets, churn out more albums and make additional film cameos if she is to catch up with the likes of Madonna and Lady Gaga and earn as much as them.

The American pop star lags well behind the other two iconic singers in the crown for the highest-paid musician on the planet, and Madonna can claim she remains the true financial queen of the music world by grabbing number one spot with earnings of $125m (£77m), according to Forbes.

The rich-list of the best earning music stars compiled by the US publication places Lady Gaga in a distant second with earning of $80m (£49.6m), while Beyonce is all the way down in ninth place with an estimated income of $53m (£32.9m) – a figure that puts her even behind Taylor Swift, who earns $55m (£34.1m).

Nonetheless, Beyonce deserves credit because the Grown Woman singer is the only black music act in the top ten that features four female solo stars, four male solo singers, and two bands.

Surprisingly Beyonce’s husband Jay Z, famously for his entrepreneurial interests, only ranks as number 18, while P Diddy is the highest placed black man on the list by claiming 11th spot.

The rankings only took into account living artists and calculated pre-tax income earned between June 1, 2012, to June 1, 2013.

The full top ten:

1. Madonna - $125m (£77m)

2. Lady Gaga - $80m (£49.6m)

3. Bon Jovi - $79m (£49m)

4. Toby Keith - $65m (£40.3m)

5. Coldplay - $64m (£39.7m)

6. Justin Bieber - $58m (£36m)

7. Taylor Swift - $55m (£34.1m)

8. Elton John - $54m (£33.5m)

9. Beyonce - $53m (£32.9m)

10. Kenny Chesney - $53m (£32.9m)

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