Dr. Dre ranks as Forbes' highest-paid musician, at $100 mln

Reuters Middle East

LOS ANGELES, Nov 29 (Reuters) - You may be singing "Call Me

Maybe" or dancing "Gangnam Style" to this year's music, but it

was veteran hip-hop artist Dr. Dre who topped Forbes' list of

the 25 highest-paid musicians in 2012, released on Thursday.

California native Dre, 47, became one of the leading names

in hip-hop and rap in the early 1990s and has worked with

artists including Eminem and Snoop Dogg.

Along with his extensive back catalog, Dre's lucrative

headphones business, Beats by Dre, helped him gross $100 million

in pre-tax earnings according to Forbes.

The list's top 10 was dominated by veteran musicians, with

Pink Floyd's bassist and singer Roger Waters coming in at No. 2

with earnings of $88 million from his lucrative The Wall Live

tour, and British singer Elton John at No. 3 with $80 million.

Last year's highest-paid musicians U2 landed at No. 4 this

year with combined earnings of $78 million from their three-year

360 tour. 1990s British boy band Take That, who reformed in

2005, rounded out the top five with $69 million, earned from an

eight-date tour at London's Wembley Stadium, which became the

highest-grossing single stadium tour to date.

Forbes compiles its annual highest-paid musicians list by

estimating artists' earnings from music sales, live shows,

endorsements and merchandising. Earlier this year, Dutch DJ

Tiesto was named the highest-paid DJ in the fast-growing

electronic dance music industry.

The only two artists under 30 to break the top 10 were

country-pop darling Taylor Swift, 22, who tied with ex-Beatle

Paul McCartney at No. 8 with earnings of $57 million, and

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, 18, who tied with country star

Toby Keith at No. 10 with earnings of $55 million.

Pop star and "X Factor" judge Britney Spears entered the

list at No. 7 with earnings of $58 million, cementing her

comeback after a turbulent few years. Her earnings encompass her

multi-million dollar "X Factor" deal, music sales and


Spears led eight female artists in the top 25 list,

including R&B star Rihanna at No. 12 with $53 million, coming

ahead of Lady Gaga at No. 13 with $52 million. Grammy-winning

British singer Adele notched No. 22 on the list, tied with Kanye

West, with earnings of $35 million following a record year for

her album "21."

Music's power couple, singer Beyonce and rapper Jay-Z, came

in at No. 18 and No. 20, respectively, with earnings of $40

million and $38 million.

(Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy; editing by Jill Serjeant and

Leslie Adler)

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