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New York City (AFP) – Business magazine Forbes named Madonna the highest-paid musician in the world, estimating her earnings at $125 million in the year to June.

Revenues from her MDNA concert tour plus sales of Madonna-related products and merchandise put the Material Girl, 55, well ahead of Lady Gaga at $80 million.

The Mother Monster’s income would have been higher had a hip injury not forced her to abandon a global concert tour, Forbes said.

Veteran rocker Bon Jovi placed third at $79 million, followed by country star Toby Keith ($65 million) and British band Coldplay ($64 million).

Forbes based its list, posted on forbes.com, on pretax income from ticket sales, royalties, merchandising, endorsements and other ventures.

It doesn’t take into account fees for agents, managers and lawyers.

Only living artists can make the list — otherwise, Forbes said, Michael Jackson would have been number one with a posthumous income of $160 million.

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Sean O'Keefe

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Almost 500 national security experts — including 22 four-star military officers — slammed Donald Trump in a public letter released Thursday, calling him unfit for his role as commander in chief and endorsing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The letter, simply addressed "To Our Fellow Citizens," is a bipartisan effort signed by prominent Republicans and Democrats alike who say they "fear" for their country under Trump. Signatories include former Navy Secretary and NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe, who served in both Bush administrations, and former Defense Secretaries Chuck Hagel, Leon Panetta, and Ash Carter.

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