Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift dominate the top three spots on Forbes’ list of highest-earning celebrities under 30.
Despite pulling off 20 Born This Way Ball Tour shows in February due to a hip injury later followed by surgery, the “Bad Romance” star retained her previous 2011 top slot making approximately $80 million between June 2012 and June 2013.
The 27-year-old increased her revenue streams with sales from her cosmetics range, records, and other business interests. Earlier this month, the maverick star announced she will release her next album “ARTPOP” on November 11.
The 19-year-old raked in approximately $58 million from June 2012 and June 2013, with earnings from his extensive “Believe” tour which began in September 2012 and his stock in Enflick, Tinychat and Spotify.
Biting on Bieber’s heels is Swift, who lands the number three spot making around $55 million.
Sales and royalties from her fourth studio album Red, which sold 1.2 million copies in its first week, and the singles released from it including the monster hit, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back,” add to earnings from Swift’s brand deals with Diet Coke, Sony and Covergirl and her world tour.
Further down on the elite ladder, Scottish deejay Calvin Harris’ shores up his US breakthrough to take fourth place with a $46 million haul.
Bajan chart-topper Rihanna hits number five at $43 million. She played 40 concerts during Forbes’ time period and released her platinum selling album Unapologetic. It reigned Billboard 200’s album chart in November 2012, and yielded massive singles “Diamonds” and “Stay.”
For Katy Perry, even though this is a relatively quiet year in which she appears to have focused on personal aspects of her life, the Fireworks singer still earned an estimated $39 million to take sixth position.
Behind her, Brit torch singer singer Adele, who won an Oscar for her co–composition and rendition of the James Bond theme for Skyfall pulls into seventh place earning an approximate $25 million.
Rankings were estimated based on interviews with producers, executives, managers and agents.
Closing out the top ten The Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence earned $26 million, while Twilight’s Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner jointly earned $22 million between June 2012 to June 2013.
That rounds out the power-players on Forbes’ Highest Earning Celebrities under 30 list.
Are you surprised Gaga, Bieber, and Swift top the list or is what you expected?