The Top-Earning Women in Music 2013

December 11, 2013 – In The News
Forbes

Lori Landew was quoted in the Forbes article “The Top-Earning Women in Music 2013.” While the full text can be found in the December 11, 2013, issue of Forbes, a synopsis is noted below.

Madonna made $125 million over the past year, landing her the number one spot on this year’s list of the highest-paid women in music. In fact, Madonna was ranked music’s top earner of any genre or gender and the highest-paid celebrity of any stripe.

“She has global hits and they span decades and genres and generations,” says Landew. “Madonna draws her audiences from so many pools and she has connected to so many people through her music that it should be no surprise that her tours are so successful.”

The other female artists ranking among the list’s top five are Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez.

Despite the fact that the top two earners in all of music – Madonna and Lady Gaga – are women, there are only seven females among the top 25 earners overall. Landew attributes this to several factors, one of which being the relative lack of major female legacy acts.

“This may be due to some unspoken double-standard that does not place as much of a premium on how men look on state in contrast to women who are so often judged on their looks as well as their talent,” she says. “Or it may be due to the fact that women choose to opt out of the musical rat race before men do for personal reasons. Whatever the cause, the result seems to be careers cut short for many women in music who might otherwise go on to influence, entertain and earn.”