Dr. Dre - Dr. Dre is Forbes' highest paid musician

Dr. Dre has won the title of music's highest paid star.

The successful producer has reached the top of Forbes magazine's annual list of the 25 Highest-Paid Musicians of 2012, having earned $110 million in the past year alone.

A majority of the sum comes from his popular headphones business Beats by Dre, which - after selling a stake of 51 percent of the company - earned him $100 million before tax.

The top five list sees Pink Floyd member Roger Waters in second place, who earned a majority of his $88 million total from his The Wall Live tour, playing the rockers' classic tracks.

'Rocket Man' singer Sir Elton John came in at third after performing 100 shows gained him $80 million.

Irish rockers U2 take the fourth spot with $78 million with a majority of their earnings coming from their three year 360 tour which made $736 million, becoming the highest grossing tour in history.

Take That helm the number five spot with $69 million from their Progress tour with original bandmate Robbie Williams, playing a whopping eight dates at London's Wembley Stadium and earning £61 million.

Other musicians making up the top 25 list include 'Diamonds' hitmaker Rihanna with $53 million in twelfth place and R&B diva Beyonce in at eighteenth place with $40 million.

Forbes 25 Highest-Paid Musicians of 2012:

01. Dr. Dre - $110 million

02. Roger Waters - $88 million

03. Sir Elton John - $80 million

04. U2 - $78 million

05. Take That - $69 million

06. Bon Jovi - $60 million

07. Britney Spears - $58 million

08. Sir Paul McCartney - $57 million

08. Taylor Swift - $57 million

10. Justin Bieber - $55 million

10. Toby Keith - $55 million

12. Rihanna - $53 million

13. Lady Gaga - $52 million

14. Foo Fighters - $47 million

15. P. Diddy - $45 million

15. Katy Perry - $45 million

17. Kenny Chesney - $44 million

18. Beyonce - $40 million

19. Red Hot Chili Peppers - $39 million

20. Jay-Z - $38 million

21. Coldplay - $37 million

22. Adele - $35 million

22. Kanye West - $35 million

24. Michael Buble - $34 million

25. Sade - $33 million


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