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As she infamously sang previously, “A diva is a female version of a hustler,” and hustle she did. Beyonce worked her ass off last year and it paid off. She tops Forbes annual list of the Top Earning Women In Music. She takes over Madonna who earned Forbes’ honor last year with $125 million. Surprisingly, Madge didn’t make the Top 10 cut on this year’s list.

With Queen Bey’s multi-platinum surprise album, successful solo and joint tour which consisted of 95 concerts, along with lucrative endorsement deals with H&M and Pepsi, she raked in a whopping $115 million over the past 12 months. Her most successful year to date. The 33-year-old mogul generated almost doubled what the runner-up earned. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

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Calvin Harris Still The Highest Paid DJ In The World

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Perhaps Rita Ora should’ve thought twice before allegedly cheating on Calvin Harris. Not only does he create sick beats but dude is rolling in the dough.

The Scottish DJ is once again the highest paid DJ in the world, topping Forbes annual Top 10 list. His twelve month earnings have risen from $46 million last year to a whopping $66 million. Not too shabby for a man who used to bag groceries in Scotland just a few years ago.

“The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years. I happened to be in the right place at the right time.” – Calvin Harris

The publication included earnings from live shows, merchandise sales and endorsements, as well as recorded music sales and external business ventures as part of its tabulating process.

David Guetta equaled his $30 million in earnings from last year, but moved up to runner-up slot on the list. Zedd enters the Top 10 for the first time, catapulting all the way to the No. 7 slot. Not making the cut this time around are Armin Van Buuren, DJ Pauly D and Diplo. Check out this year’s Top 10 below.

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For the second straight year, Robert Downey, Jr tops Forbes Highest Paid Actors list. The 49-year-old actor leads the pack with an astonishing $75 million earned between June 2013 and June 2014. Coincidentally, the Iron Man star earned the same amount on the 2013 list.

Channing Tatum who took the runner-up slot last year lands nowhere on the 2014 Top 10 list. Taking his place is Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson with $52 million, jumping from fifth place with $46 million last year. Rounding out the top three is Bradley Cooper with $46 million.

The lone Avenger to accompany Downey, Jr. on the 2014 list is Chris Hemsworth with $37 million. I’m a little surprised Chris Evans didn’t make the cut, when Will Smith did. When was the last time the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air starred in a hit movie? Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

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With an estimated $58 million in earnings the past year, over 50 million Twitter followers (the second most) and “Baby” recently being certified diamond, the Canadian singer has a career most artists would kill for. However, Justin Bieber’s antics including his recent arrest in Florida have overshadowed his recording career.

Not surprisingly, all these factors pushed the 20-year-old singer high above the rest on Forbes annual Most Overexposed Celebrities Top 10 list. Sixty-seven percent of those polled ranked the Biebs as overexposed.

They’re famous for being just famous and having their every move documented by paparazzi, reality shows and social media. Naturally, Kim Kardashian along with Kourtney and Khloe had the goods to make the dishonorable list. Even “fourth sister,” momager Kris Jenner made the cut. In fact, she placed higher on the list than two of her daughters. I wouldn’t be surprised if Kendall and Kylie end up on the list in the coming years, joining their overexposed siblings.

Miley Cyrus who dominated the past twelve months with her twerking, tongue-wagging, nudity and other headline-grabbing stunts only managed to land in fourth place. Find out which other celebs made the publication’s list below.

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Just in time for the Season 13 premiere of American Idol, Forbes released their annual roundup of the top-earning alums from the reality show. Despite it’s declining ratings, the show still produces viable platinum-selling artists. Just look at previous winners Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips who’ve reversed the downward trend that hit rock bottom when Lee DeWyze took the Season 9 crown. It’s too early to tell if reigning champ Candice Glover can maintain the momentum, but I have high hopes.

After losing the title last year, Carrie Underwood earns bragging rights among her fellow Idols. According to the publication, Underwood earned $31 million from June 2012 through June 2013. Just to punctuate how huge that is, her earnings exceeded the annual earnings of last year’s judges, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Carrie’s total comes from her platinum-selling Blown Away album, highly-successful tour and multiple endorsement deals.

Phillips makes his debut on the list by scoring the most successful coronation song in Idol history. “Home” sold more than four million copies. He ties for third place with Adam Lambert. The person you’ll be shocked that made the cut is Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks. For the longest time, he was perceived as the worst Idol winner (that is before DeWyze came along). The Soul Patrol leader earns his spot by being the first and only Idol act to have a Vegas residency at the Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino.

Check out the Top 10 list below. I’ve also added clips/music videos from each former Idol contestant to familiarize yourself with their recent work.

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For the third year, Forbes shines the spotlight on the brightest, smartest and biggest trailblazers under the age of 30. From Hollywood to Wall Street, from the education field to the tech world, the publication showcases these young, ambitious and talented individuals.

A few of the celebrity names include Jennifer Lawrence, Miley Cyrus, LeBron James, Maria Sharapova, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Lena Dunham, Katy Perry, Rebel Wilson, and Taylor Swift to name a few. Props to American Idol reject turned YouTube sensation Todrick Hall for making the cut.

“This is the time to be young and ambitious. Never before has youth been such an advantage. These founders and funders, brand builders and do-gooders aren’t waiting for a proper bump up the career ladder. Their goals are way bigger — and perfectly suited to the dynamic, entrepreneurial, and impatient digital world they grew up in.” – Forbes Magazine

I highly recommend heading over to Forbes to check out the leaders in the less glamorous fields. For instance, the inventor of SnapChat, marketing gurus, finance wizards and other ambitious prodigies. To check out all the brightest stars in 15 different fields, click here.

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Iron Man 3 is the highest-grossing movie so far in 2013 with $1.2 billion in worldwide ticket sales. With those kind of receipts, one would think it’s star Robert Downey, Jr. would easily take the crown on Forbes Highest-Grossing list. It’s only a natural conclusion. Unfortunately for him, Robert only starred in one film the entire year. Sneaking past him to steal the title was someone who starred in four films. Here’s a little hint. It’s someone from the Fast and The Furious franchise.

Before we get to the winner, I just wanted to commend both Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lawrence for breaking into the male-dominated Top 10. Bullock knocked out the competition with her one-two punch of Gravity and The Heat, while Lawrence hit the bullseye with Silver Linings Playbook and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Check out the Top 10 below. In addition to the top slot, there are a couple of other surprises. At least for me, there was.

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After losing out to Elizabeth Taylor last year, Michael Jackson reclaims the top slot on Forbes Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list. Without the $184 million from her record-breaking Christie’s auction this year, Liz drops all the way to No. 4. Meanwhile, MJ is once again the king by earning $160 million from the past year.

That figure is already impressive enough but when you compare it to the publication’s top earner on their recent Celebrity 100 list, it’s astonishing. Madonna raked in $125 million. It’s the third time in the past five years that a dead celebrity has outranked a living one. Apparently, it pays more to be dead than alive these days. Check out the rest of the Top 10 deceased celebrities below.

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