The World’s Highest Paid Music Makers 2012

Forbes has just announced their list of ‘The World’s 25 Highest Paid Musicians’. Although they are not all necessarily ‘musicians’ we get their point and it’s no surprise that the U.S. & UK dominated list of top earners is comprised of mostly household names.

The yearly listing compiles information on artist revenue streams such as concert touring, merchandising, licensing and business deals. According to the publication:

Estimates are based on total earnings from May 2011 to May 2012—the amount of money an act makes from record sales, touring, endorsements, merchandise sales and other ventures before subtracting management fees, legal costs and taxes [which can gobble up the bulk of a big payday]. The totals were compiled with the help of data from Pollstar, RIAA and others, as well as interviews with industry insiders including concert promoters, lawyers, managers, agents and, in some cases, the musicians themselves.

Here’s the list…

Forbes World’s Highest-Paid Musicians 2012

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]

photo: Alex Krafcik

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