It is the combination of passion, hard work and luck which have played a significant role in making fat bucks in the music industry. The modern world is gifted with talents and artistic personalities who have gained popularity only through their passion and aptitude. Throughout the decades they have been entertaining their fans and audiences with their flair for music. Here is the list of Top 10 Highest Paid Musicians 2012 who have not only gained international fame but have can also boast as the highest paid artists.
List of Highest Paid Musicians 2012
|S. No.||Musician/Band||Earnings ($)|
|1.)||Dr. Dre||110 Million|
|2.)||Roger Waters||88 Million|
|3.)||Elton John||80 Million|
|5.)||Take That||69 Million|
|6.)||Bon Jovi||60 Million|
|7.)||Britney Spears||58 Million|
|8.)||Paul McCartney||57 Million|
|8.)||Taylor Swift||57 Million|
|10.)||Justin Bieber||55 Million|
Top Ten Highest Paid Musicians 2012
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1. DR. Dre
Dr. Dre, who has produced hits like “Nuthin’ But a G Thang,” “I Need a Doctor,” “Still D.R.E.” and “California Love,” is an American record producer, rapper, entrepreneur and actor. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics and takes home a whooping amount of $110 million. Also in August handset maker HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in Beats by the musician.
2. Roger Waters
George Roger Waters is the founder member of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd, serving as bassist and co-lead vocalist. With the success of his worldwide concert tour, The Wall Live has afforded him the number two position among the top 10 highest paid musicians 2012 with a lucrative amount of $88 million. Although Waters’ primary instrument in Pink Floyd was the bass guitar, he also experimented with synthesisers and tape loops and played rhythm guitar on recordings and in concerts.
3. Elton John
In terms of sales and lasting popularity, Elton John was the biggest pop superstar of the early ’70s. Over the decades he has portraying his taste of music through soul, disco, country, as well as classic pop balladry and even progressive rock. With popular hits such as “Your Song,” “Rocket Man,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”, he earns $80 million. Also his animated film, Gnomeo and Juliet brought in $200 million at the box office.
Formed in 1976, the Irish rock band rocked the music floor with their “360” tour earning $736 million over three years and $78 million annually. Throughout the group’s musical pursuits, they have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals, highlighted by The Edge’s timbrally varied guitar sounds and Bono’s expressive vocals. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and socio – political concerns.
5. Take That
Take That are a British five-piece vocal pop group whose tunes and soulful ballads dominated the UK charts in the first half of the 1990s, winning multiple BRIT Awards while also spawning two of the best selling albums of the decade with Everything Changes and their greatest hit album. Their recent reunion tour for eight dates at London’s Wembley has grossed a record of $61 million, their annual home taking summing up to $69 million.
6. Bon Jovi
The American band, Bon Jovi grabs the sixth position among the top ten highest paid musicians 2012 with a beaming amount of $60 million. Over the years Bon Jovi became one of the most successful bands in rock history in terms of touring the world, music series, and television appearances. In 2011 the band was elected by Rolling Stone magazine as the second most expensive rock band on the planet, bested only by U2.
7. Britney Spears
The skyrocketing sale of “Femme Fatale”, the latest album of Britney Spears has made the American singer cum entertainer to earn a profitable value of $58 million. Spears was established as a pop icon and credited with influencing the revival of teen pop during the late 1990s. Her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, six MTV Video Music Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award, nine Billboard Music Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
8. Paul McCartney
Through concerts and Beatles royalty checks, Paul McCarney has made earnings of $57 million. The British singer, songwriter and multi – instrumentalist has gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, and his collaboration with Lennon is one of the most celebrated song writing partnerships of the 20th century. Guinness World Records described McCartney as the “most successful composer and recording artist of all time”, with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles.
9. Taylor Swift
The 23 year old earns $57 million from a combination of music sales, royalties and touring. Swift moved out to pursued a career in country music at a tender age of fourteen and since then have been producing some of the most popular numbers like “Fearless”, “Love Story”, “You Belong with Me” etc and is known for her narrative songs about her experiences as a teenager and young adult. She has sold over 26 million albums and 75 million digital downloads worldwide.
10. Justin Bieber
Only 18 years old and Justin Bieber has $55 million earnings to his credit. His music sales, concerts and endorsements for products like Proactive etc. are the major source of his fat income. He is also a budding investor who has already put in capital in companies like Stamped, Tinychat and Spotify.