The Highest Paid Musicians of 2012

By on November 29, 2012 in ArticlesCelebrity News

Who were the highest paid musicians of 2012? These 25 artists apparently don't know that there is a global recession going on because they are bringing home enough cash to bail out a small country! The list of the highest paid musicians features some very familiar and predictable names but there are definitely some artists that will raise your eyebrows. For example, can you guess which Nigerian-born female singer made $33 million last year despite not having a major pop hit since the early 90s? Even more incredibly, a British boy band that I've literally never even heard of, took home enough money to crack the top 5. Also keep in mind that all these figures are pre-tax earnings. So without further delay, scroll down to see the full list of the highest paid musicians of 2012. And let us know what you think of these super wealthy artists. Did talent equal money in 2012?

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Highest Paid Musicians of 2012:

  • 1. Dr. Dre: $110 million
  • 2. Roger Waters: $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
  • 10. Toby Keith: $55 million
  • 12. Rihanna: $53 million
  • 13. Lady Gaga: $52 million
  • 14. Foo Fighters: $47 million
  • 15. 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
Articles Written by Brian Warner
Brian launched CelebrityNetWorth in October 2008 after noticing a distinct lack of results for various celebrity finance web searches. He previously spent seven years as the Managing Editor of a large digital entertainment portal. Brian's favorite rags to riches billionaire is Kirk Kerkorian.
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