Dr. Dre Tops List of 2012's Highest-Paid Musicians

If you bought Beats By Dre, expect a thank-you letter shortly
Kevin Mazur

If you're not a fan of year-end lists, you probably wanna stay off the Internet for the next month or so. As you mentally prepare yourself for the daily onslaught of 25! Best! Craziest! Sexiest! things of the year, it begins with Forbes' list of 25 People That Will Make You Feel Like Sh-t About Your Own Financial Insolvency or, as they call it, The World's 25 Highest-Paid Musicians of 2012.

Dr. Dre tops the list with $110 million, based largely on Beats By Dre. When HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in the company, Dre walked away with one-third of that. It also might explain, as Just Blaze told us in a recent Q&A, why you might not hear Detox anytime soon.

Here's the top 10. You may begin your water cooler

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)
9. Taylor Swift ($57 million)
10. Justin Bieber ($55 million)

For the full list, head over to Forbes.


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