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By Reuters | Nov 30, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 18 ]

Dr Dre - Record producer and hip hop artist

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.

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 catalogue, 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.

British singer Elton John came in 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.

The 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 endorsements.

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.

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AIN'T NOTHING BUT A G-THANG BABY.....

Nov 30, 2012 9:13 | 0 replies

Batho ba ja joy kantle ka mona, rona ga rena le ka sente moo re leng di bank account tsa rona di nale R50.00 ya card fela.

Dec 04, 2012 10:45 | 0 replies

@sekhebereshe
well come back DR Dre,really proud of eminem for saving you from your fat broke *ss.

You must be new to the game, Dre has been doing well since the NWA days to the chronic days, then came snoop he made a killing even then, then came TuPac, Eve, he even revived Mary J's career, then toke eminem's broke @ss out of a trailer and made his a millionier, beside that look up DJs and MPC product, dre has been making music electronic for a while, today he rigging money in via Beats and other musical electronics, It's Dre still!!!

Dec 03, 2012 2:38 | 0 replies

iyoooo batong...ke bonyelwe banna

Dec 03, 2012 12:6 | 0 replies

sekhebereshe
well come back DR Dre,really proud of eminem for saving you from your fat broke *ss.
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O wa Nya, just shat up cos you dn't know what you talking about

Nov 30, 2012 1:42 | 0 replies

30 Nov 2012s.cold
MZANSI FOR SURE

NO 10------------MZAMBIYA AND MSAWAWA============R4,000 per year
no 9------------CHOMI ===========R4,300,00 per year
NO 8-------------ZOLA ===========R4,500,00per year
No 6-------------KABELO ===========R4,600,00per year
NO5------------





AND NO 1-----------JACOB ZUMA ===========R250,000,000,00per year
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Nov 30, 2012 1:32 | 0 replies

Firstborn
what about S.A musicians??
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LOL, Lets forget abt that at the moment dude.

Nov 30, 2012 1:25 | 0 replies

- Dr. Dre is the name, I'm ahead of my game
- Still, puffing my leafs, still with the beats
- Still not loving police
- Still rock my khakis with a cuff and a crease
- Still got love for the streets, repping 213
- Still the beat bangs, still doing my thang
- Since I left, ain't too much changed, still

Nov 30, 2012 12:35 | 0 replies

well come back DR Dre,really proud of eminem for saving you from your fat broke *ss.

Nov 30, 2012 12:24 | 0 replies

MZANSI FOR SURE

NO 10------------MZAMBIYA AND MSAWAWA============R4,000 per year
no 9------------CHOMI ===========R4,300,00 per year
NO 8-------------ZOLA ===========R4,500,00per year
No 6-------------KABELO ===========R4,600,00per year
NO5------------





AND NO 1-----------JACOB ZUMA ===========R250,000,000,00per year

Nov 30, 2012 12:1 | 0 replies

Omg I love how he looks lately........ *singing* I need a doctor doctor doctor*

Nov 30, 2012 11:54 | 0 replies