Forbes’ Names the Highest-Paid Musicians of 2012

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Every year, Forbes cuts through all the bullshit and gets right to the important stuff: money. While music may not be “selling” like it used to, part of the goal has become to turn yourself into a brand and then milk the teets until the udders are dry and chafed. Here are some artists that found out it’s still entirely possible to get filthy rich as a musician in 2012—even if you don’t release music. Check out the top earners below, and read the entire list at Forbes.

01. Dr Dre: $110 Million
02. Roger Waters: $88 Million
03. Elton John: $80 Million
04. U2: $78 Million
05. Take That: $69 Million
06. Bon Jovi: $60 Million
07. Britney Spears: $58 Million
08. Paul McCartney: $57 Million (tie)
08. Taylor Swift: $57 Million (tie)
10. Justin Bieber: $55 Million (tie)
10. Toby Keith: $55 Million (tie)
12. Rihanna: $53 Million
13. Lady GaGa: $52 Million
14. Foo Fighters: $47 Million
15. Diddy: $45 Million (tie)
15. Katy Perry: $45 Million (tie)
17. Kenny Chesney: $44 Million
18. Beyoncé: $40 Million
19. Red Hot Chili Peppers: $39 Million
20. Jay-Z: $38 Million
21. Coldplay: $37 Million
22. Adele: $35 Million (tie)
22. Kanye West: $35 Million (tie)
24. Michael Bublé: $34 Million
25. Sade: $33 Million