Lady Gaga Tops ‘Forbes’ Most Powerful Musicians List, Beyonce & Madonna Also Make The Cut

By: Carl Williott / June 26, 2013

Oh hey it’s a day ending in “y” so that means Forbes has another list of Most Something Somethings of Something. Lady Gaga tops the latest compilation of famous names, their Most Powerful Musicians In The World 2013 list  — which, hilariously, is a sub-list of their Celebrity 100 list — with Beyonce in the number two spot. All you need to know about the endless stream of Forbes listicles is that in May, they had Bey ranked above Gaga in their Most Powerful Women list.

You may have noticed that 2013 is only half over, and that Gaga has spent most of the year in hiding, while Bey has been frustrating fans with a dearth of album news — either the site is expecting big things from ARTPOP and Untitled Beyonce Project later this year, or the finance nerds at Forbes are on the fiscal calendar or something. Anyway, Gaga topped the list because her Born This Way Ball grossed grossed $168 million through January, despite being cut short due to injury, and because of her massive social media following. Bey had similar credentials, pulling in a reported $2 million in each city she plays and drawing on a handful of other major ventures. Madonna, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Coldplay also made the cut. Head below to see the Top 10.

1. Lady Gaga
2. Beyonce
3. Madonna
4. Taylor Swift
5. Bon Jovi
6. Justin Bieber
7. Jennifer Lopez
8. Rihanna
9. Coldplay
10. Katy Perry