This first two names on this list probably won't make you... happy. Recently naked Lady Gaga pocketed $80 million last year, according to Forbes, making her far and away the highest earning celebrity under the age of 30. Second on the list is roundly loathed mop bucket-pisser Justin Bieber, whose world tour contributed to a $58 million 2012 sum. Gaga is 27. Bieber is 19.
After the Biebs, the Under-30 list veers into a decidely female direction. 7 of the 10 earners are women, including Katy Perry, Adele, and the incomparable Jennifer Lawrence—who deserves to have EVERYTHING SHE WANTS.
One surprising addition: DJ Calvin Harris. After reading about the enormous money certain DJs can garner, you kind of assumed a popular artist like Harris had a big 2012. But I never would have guessed 150 shows performed/$46 million made "well."
Here are the top five; see the rest at Forbes:
The Queen Monster would have earned even more had it not been for a hip injury that curtailed her Born This Way Ball Tour. The tour grossed $168 million through January; had Gaga been able to finish it, she would have likely topped $200 million. With a new album in the works, look for her to stay around the top of this list.
Since appearing on the cover of FORBES last year, the Canadian crooner has toured the world, picked up another 20 million Twitter followers and earned another $58 million (that sum would have been even higher if we hadn't credited him with a double-digit million-dollar merchandise advance last year). With stakes in startups including Enflick, Tinychat and Spotify, he shows no signs of slowing down.
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.
Calvin Harris makes his debut on FORBES' Celebrity 100 after a stellar year. Discovered on Myspace eight year ago as a singer-songwriter, Harris has morphed into a world-renowned DJ and producer. In February, he signed on to play more than 70 shows over a two-year period in Las Vegas. While the majority of his money comes from performing, he also earns from writing and producing songs like Rihanna's Grammy-winning "We Found Love." Harris played more than 150 shows in the 12 months since June 1, 2012.
The Barbados-born singer continues to rake in the dough, playing over 40 shows during our scoring period and releasing new album Unapologetic, her seventh in seven years. Even if you're not one of her 30 million-plus Twitter followers, it's hard not miss her recent singles "Diamonds" and "Stay" and her ubiquitous Vita Coco ads. And that's a formula that should keep the cash coming for years.