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Dr. Dre Tops List of Highest-Paid Musicians

Rapper and producer raked in $110 million this year

November 30, 2012 10:00 AM ET
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Dr. Dre performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.
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He's already the top-earning rapper, now Dr. Dre is also the highest-paid musician, according to Forbes. The rapper-producer raked in $110 million this year, taking in $100 million before taxes in a deal with HTC and his Beats headphone line. The rest of the top five earners were from the U.K., with Pink Floyd bassist and singer Roger Waters following Dre with $88 million, largely from his The Wall Live tour. Elton John came in third, grossing $80 million, and U2 slotted in at forth, with a combined $78 million from their three-year 360 tour. Take That topped off the top five with $69 million, boosted by an eight-day residency at London's Wembley Stadium, the highest-grossing single stadium tour to date.

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Age seemed like more than a number on Forbes' list: only two musicians under 30 cracked the top 10. Taylor Swift came in at eighth, with $58 million; and Justin Bieber slipped into the 10th spot with $55 million in earnings. Swift and Britney Spears, who was seventh with $58 million, were the only women in the top 10.

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