The Forbes Celebrity 100 measures money and fame, which includes estimated earnings over the last 12 months, and how often each celebrity is mentioned in print and on TV, as well as social networking strength across 11 social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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There aren’t many industries in which one can endure a season-ending injury and still finish the year on top. But that’s what happened to Lady Gaga, who ranks highest of all musicians on the 2013 edition of FORBES’ Celebrity 100 power list. Gaga is one of six musicians in the Celeb 100‘s top ten this year.
Gaga is followed by Beyoncé, who returns to the upper reaches of our list thanks to her Mrs. Carter World Tour—a nod to husband Jay-Z, whom she out-ranks once again. In addition to grossing over $2 million in every city she plays, she still collects cash from old hits and non-musical ventures including new deals with Pepsi and H&M, as well as her House of Dereon clothing line.
Trailing not too far behind is our girl, Taylor Swift. Who says the music industry is dead? Swift released her fourth studio album, Red, in October 2012 and sold 1.2 million copies in week one. The album’s first single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” became her first to top Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. She parlayed that success into endorsement deals with Diet Coke, Sony and Covergirl, not to mention big bucks on the road. She should earn even more next year as she transitions from arena shows to stadium sellouts.