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Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' List Of Highest Paid Musicians For 2012


(AllHipHop News) Veteran producer Dr. Dre topped Forbes‘ 2012 list of highest grossing musicians, the magazine announced today (November 29).

According to Forbes, Dr. Dre raked in $100 million and many of the acts on the list earned their money outside of the music industry.

The earnings for the list were calculated from May 2011 through May 2012.

Roger Waters, founding member of Pink Floyd was second on the list, taking home $88 million, thanks to “The Wall Live” tour.

Singer Elton John made #3 on the list, pulling in $80 million, by doing 100 shows in 12 months, while U2 earned $78 million thanks to their “360” tour.

British boy band take that rounded out the top five, earning $69 million, mostly in Europe.

Other acts on the list include Bon Jovi ($60 million), Britney Spears ($50 million), Sir Paul McCartney ($57 million), Justin Bieber ($55 million), Rihanna ($53 million), Diddy ($45 million), Beyoncé ($40 million), Kanye West ($35 million), and Jay-Z ($38 million).

Check out the article here.

  • Grinding

    Still Dre.Day

  • Guest

    I disagree—Jay-z’s income combined with Rihanna, and Beyonce and Kanye West should make him the highest earning candidate. #justmyopinion

    • Dontoure Smith

      Niggas don’t read shit ever

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        ha haaa! -very funny Dontoure.

    • What does Rihanna’s income and Kanye’s income have to do with Jay-Z? Outside of them being artist he discovered and possibly advises…Kanye’s manager is Kim’s mom Prior to that it was some cat at phillip morris, Rihanna has management ties to jay’z management division but that’s about 10%..Beyonce’s money is managed by Matthew..

      • Isn’t Jay-Z married to Beyonce? So the combined income would make him worth more…But I guess they are speaking about a single income verses a combined income…..However why isn’t 50 cent on this list word is he made all this money this year too, why wasn’t he mentioned? Does this mean 50 is a liar…
        Secondly I just don’t understand of all the power moves that Jay-z makes, and Justin Beiber does none of what Jay-Z does, and Beiber made more than both Jay- Z and Beyonce dam? I think something is wrong with those numbers.

      • Justin Bieber performs more often than Jay-Z, Justin Bieber has more endorsement deals than Jay-Z that’s how he makes more money. This is an individual celebrities income or did you not read the article? Beyonce is Beyonce and Jay-z is Jay-z. When Beyonce performs a check gets cut to Knowles LLC not Carter foundation. Elton John is on this list because he earns 16x per concert what Jay-z earns. 50cent earned a ton of money via equity, equity is value but it’s not hands on cash. His stake in a company rises equaling equity, he can either sell his piece and/or borrow against it but he doesn’t technically file it as income. Dre’s been making $50 million a year without being reported on Forbe’s because it’s not payout it’s equity. His $110 million was listed because they sold the company and he got paid out his equity. This is the same reason nobody was mentioning 50 was worth a hundred million until after Vitamin Water was sold. Alas i’ll reiterate my argument that Forbes is inaccurate because they can only go by what information is made public, most of these artists including Bono made a ton more than that..Bono owned a nice percentage of Facebook stock before it went public and his company sold their stock for upwards of a hundred million alone.

      • I did read the article and it’s not clear..Your statement actually makes more sense than the entire article, so let’s not blame me for not understanding.

      • Southcidal

        Rihanna is a Roc Nation artist and so is Kanye.

      • So what tho? At best they pay rocnation 7% if that..more like a flat fee monthly fee like you pay a good p.r. person..plus lets be real neither one needs rocnation at this point of their career. Jay get’s no points per album on each artist. Ye has his own contract which gave him g.o.o.d music and Rihanna was already on def jam when she hooked up with ay-z.

    • toreal

      You must want to suck Jay-Z’s dick?

  • Did you leave out what the headliner made on purpose? Is it a thrill thing or just pure idiocy? #smh

  • ‘check your sexuality fruity as this alize”…PAC…”you and homeboy Lamar now thats a nasty threesome” QuiK

  • This article would be even better if it listed HOW MUCH Dre made (-_-)

    • water_ur_seeds

      its allhiphop what you expect, article is full of errors

    • DipSet23

      Yáll Mother Fishes crazy, can’t you see “According to Forbes, DR. DRE RAKED IN $100 MILLION and many of the acts on the list earned their money outside of the music industry.”

      • Nah, it’s blotted out?

      • It was added after the comments. Initially it wasn’t any mention of it. And according to the forbes article, its actually $110 million.

      • From Forbes article, ” Hip-hop superproducer Dr. Dre
        leads the pack this year with $110 million, thanks largely to his Beats
        headphone line. He collected $100 million pretax when handset maker HTC
        paid $300 million for a 51% stake in the company last year, at the
        beginning of our scoring period; he and his partners later bought back
        half of what they sold.”

  • 110 Million in one year! Dr. Dre is the sh!t. It’s crazy how he has prospered since leaving behind all those millions at Death Row. Props to the legend.

  • brotha_man

    whats interesting is they make jay-z to be this blueprint for business savvy artist (which he is) but they name all these ventures that he has, but in reality Dre and fif do it better. Dont get me wrong i would trade wallets with jay-z any day. but the restaurant business has high turn over, he says he owns the nets, other say he just a voice that was giving a small percentage to be the celebrity face of the team. where as fif understood that vitamin water would be bought out, and energy drinks are a billion dollar industry. point is…. they are all making power moves some just have a better strategy then others.

    • HipHopStalker

      I feel you about Dre but how is 50 doing kmore than Jay in 2012 ? he has his street king energy drink but c’mon son how many people do you know buying that ? He made a smart move with the vitamin water move back in 05 and he use to sell records and clothes(the G-unit deal was through ecko) 03-07 but now………..not so much. He can’t even generate intrest with his music let alone side ventures. He made his doe in the past like crazy but has last year was beat out by Rick Ross in money earned with Ross earning 6 million last year. Don’t even mention 50 along with Dr.dre because that’s disrespectful to Dre. 50 will never again come close to what dre is doing.

    • Southcidal

      50 Cent has only really made one great buisness move and that was the vitaman water shiit. Everything else has failed miserably.

  • DipSet23

    Yáll Mother Fishes crazy, can’t you see “According to Forbes, DR. DRE RAKED IN $100 MILLION and many of the acts on the list earned their money outside of the music industry.”

    • So did Dre’, he hasn’t dropped an album since “The Chronic”?

  • hes the first gay guy to make that kinda money, i dont know why he dont come out of the closet already

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