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Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' Highest-Paid List

By November 29, 2012

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Despite a relatively quiet year in music, Dr. Dre has been named Forbes' highest paid musician of 2012. The publication estimates Dre's 2012 earnings at a whopping $110 million. The west coast producer raked in a good portion of that from his lucrative line of Beats headphones (who needs beats when you've got Beats?).

Other big shottas reppin' hip-hop on the 2012 list: Diddy at No. 15 with $45 million, Jay-Z at No. 20 with $40 million, and Kanye West at No. 22 with $35 million.

Here's the full list:

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 (tie)
8. 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

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