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Lady Gaga Tops List of Highest-Paid Celebrities Under 30

Pop star made $80 million last year, despite canceling concerts

Lady Gaga performs in New York City.
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July 23, 2013 9:45 AM ET

Lady Gaga has topped Forbes' list of the highest-paid celebrities under the age of 30, bringing in a whopping $80 million this past year. The bulk of Gaga's earnings came from her Born This Way Ball tour, which grossed $168 million through this January, and would have likely brought in more than $200 million had the pop star not been forced to cancel about 20 shows to undergo hip surgery.

Gaga's was also recently named Forbes' most powerful musician, and has a good chance of continuing to reign supreme with her new album ARTPOPwhich is due on November 11th and will be accompanied by an app that combines music, art, fashion and technology.

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Second on Forbes' highest earners under 30 was Justin Bieber, who brought in $58 million, while Taylor Swift followed at number three with $55 million. DJ and producer Calvin Harris raked in $46 million (thanks in part to the 150 shows he's done in the past year) to put him at number four, while the woman for whom he wrote "We Found Love," Rihanna," sits at number five with $43 million.

At numbers six and seven are Katy Perry and Adele, who earned $39 and $25 million, respectively, even though neither put out an album or embarked on a massive tour. (Not that they didn't stay busy: Perry released her documentary Part of Me, while Adele belted out, and then nabbed an Oscar for, the theme from the latest Bond movie, Skyfall).

Forbes' highest earning celebrities under 30 list reflects the estimated entertainment-related income for celebrities from June 2012 through June 2013 and is compiled by talking to agents, managers, producers and executives.

Rounding out this year's top 10 are rising actress Jennifer Lawrence ($26 million) at number eight, followed by Twilight's Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, who both earned $22 million.

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