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