The 25 Highest Paid Musicians Of 2012

Michael Nelson | November 29, 2012 - 3:40 pm

All this talk about how musicians aren’t making any money? It’s nonsense! Oh sure, your Grizzly Bears and David Lowerys may be barely scraping by, but that doesn’t mean everyone has had to sell off the place in the Hamptons just because of Spotify’s crummy royalty rates. Today, Forbes published their list of 2012’s highest-paid musicians, and based on these numbers, being a rock star is still a more lucrative gig than being a blogger. Dr. Dre claimed the top spot because he finally dropped Detox and the thing went diamond he sold off his shares of headphones brand Beats By Dre for a cool hundred mil. After that, perennial titans of industry Roger Waters, Elton John, and U2 grabbed slots 2 – 4, respectively. Any surprises on here? Maybe Take That at 5? Foo Fighters at 14? Sade at 25? Cattle Decapitation nowhere to be found? (Guessing they were at 26.) Anyway, here’s the list; class warfare kicks off in the comments.

01 Dr. Dre – $110 million
02 Roger Waters – $88 million
03 Elton John – $80 million
04 U2 – $78 million
05 Take That – $69 million
06 Bon Jovi – $60 million
07 Britney Spears – $58 million
08 Paul McCartney – $57 million (tie)
08 Taylor Swift – $57 million (tie)
10 Justin Bieber – $55 million (tie)
10 Toby Keith – $55 million (tie)
12 Rihanna – $53 million
13 Lady GaGa – $52 million
14 Foo Fighters – $47 million
15 Diddy – $45 million (tie)
15 Katy Perry – $45 million (tie)
17 Kenny Chesney – $44 million
18 Beyoncé – $40 million
19 Red Hot Chili Peppers – $39 million
20 Jay-Z – $38 million
21 Coldplay – $37 million
22 Adele – $35 million (tie)
22 Kanye West – $35 million (tie)
24 Michael Bublé – $34 million
25 Sade – $33 million

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