• FORBES HIGHEST EARNING MUSICIANS OF 2012

Number 1: Dr. Dre, $110 million

Number 1: Dr. Dre, $110 million
Ever heard of Beats by Dr. Dre? That little headphone empire scored the rapper $100 million gross when phone maker HTC bought a 51 per cent stake in the company at $300 million (which during the new period he happened to buy back half of). Then there's his producing work, back catalogue and the odd concert to boot.

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FORBES HIGHEST EARNING MUSICIANS OF 2012

For all the publicity the Biebs got this year, he's only come in at number 10. Who came in at number one in a list that also included Elton John, Taylor Swift and Britney Spears?

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