Bieber, Spears, Swift and Dre Top Forbes' Highest-Paid Musicians 2012

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Bieber, Spears, Swift and Dre Top Forbes\' Highest-Paid Musicians 2012
‘Tis the season to deck the halls with dollar bills. And here’s a group of musicians that won’t be any trouble getting the job done.

Forbes magazine has released its list of Highest-Paid Musicians of 2012. Along with the standard names from aging legends in the pricy pack are some familiar up-and-coming music biz heavy hitters.

Understandably, Dr. Dre came in at number one on the list. The hip-hop mogul pulled in $110 million in 2012 alone for being generally awesome while doing as little as possible. The release of his new album, Detox, helped score the pretty paycheck, but it was mostly because of his Beats headsets.

Rounding off the top three are Roger Waters, founding father of rock group Pink Floyd, and Elton John—neither of which was able to breach the “$100 mil mark.”

Behind Dre is a pack of young bloods: Taylor Swift earned a number eight spot (tying with Paul McCartney) with $57 million; Justin Bieber snuck into the top ten with $55 million; Rihanna earned $53 million; and Katy Perry finished at $45 million.

Thanks to her bloated salary on “The X Factor,” a massively successful Femme Fatal tour and a fragrance line, Britney Spears managed to score at number seven spot, earning a recorded $58 million.

Here is a list of the top ten:

1. Dr. Dre: $110 million
2. Roger Waters (Pink Floyd): $88 million
3. Elton John: $80 million
4. U2: $78 million
5. Take That: $69 million
6. Bon Jovi; $60 million
7. Britney Spears: $58 million
8. Paul McCartney: $57 million
8. Taylor Swift: $57 million
10. Justin Bieber: $55 million
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