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Taylor Swift joins Madonna and Lady Gaga as 2013's top-earning female musicians

Madonna, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift have been named the top-earning females in music in 2013, according to a new Forbes magazine poll.

The Material Girl hitmaker already proved her superstar power last month (Nov13) by claiming the Forbes title for the highest-paid musician in the year to June, 2013 with an estimated salary of $125 million , beating Gaga, who earned $80 million and rockers Bon Jovi ($79 million).

The figures automatically placed Madonna and Gaga atop the new women-only countdown, which was released on Wednesday (11Dec13), with Swift rounding out the top three with $55 million .

Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez earned fourth and fifth positions, with respective pay cheques of $53 million and $45 million , while other females featured at the top of the 2013 standings including Rihanna, Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood and Mariah Carey.

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