The Highest-Paid Musician for 2012 Isn’t Who You Think

Dre heads the list; Roger Waters, Elton John also make the top 10


dr dre The Highest Paid Musician for 2012 Isnt Who You ThinkThe musician making the most this year is none other than Dr. Dre.

Forbes has put together a list of the top-earning musicians of 2012. Along with Dr. Dre are stars of hip-hop, pop and rock music from many eras.

The hip-hop pioneer brought in $110 million this year. Not that Dre hadn’t made some money before this — his time with N.W.A and World Class Wreckin’ Crew treated him well. But in 2012, Dre managed to sell a 51% stake in his Beats headphone business. That alone brought him $100 million.

Here’s the top 10 from the list:

  1. Dr. Dre — $110 million
  2. Roger Waters — $88 million: The former Pink Flord songwriter is touring behind The Wall
  3. Elton John — $80 million: A set of shows in Las Vegas and another tour helped him in 2012
  4. U2 — $78 million: The final legs of a 3-year tour helped the Irish band to success
  5. Take That — $69 million: The boy band went on a reunion tour and raked it in
  6. Bon Jovi — $60 million: A world tour boosted the New Jersey band
  7. Britney Spears — $58 million: Britney earned millions from endorsements and a partnership with Elizabeth Arden
  8. Paul McCartney — $57 million: A few dozen shows and his Beatle’s royalty checks helped Sir Paul cash in
  9. Taylor Swift — $57 million: Her tour this year grossed more than $1 million per show
  10. Justin Bieber — $55 million: The 18-year-old cashed in with his tour and his tech investments

You can see the entire list of the 25 highest-paid musicians at Forbes.

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