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Super-producer Dr. Dre surpasses pop stars, rock stars, and fellow rappers to rank No. 1 on Forbes’ Highest-Paid Musicians 2012 list. See how much Dre & other top music stars made. Hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre earned $110 million based largely on his Beats by Dr. Dre headphones line. He pocketed a reported $100 million pretax when handset maker HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in the company last year. He and his partners later bought back half of what they sold. Rihanna comes in at No. 12 with $53 million thanks to her endorsements with Vita Coco and Armani Jeans, her fragrance Reb’l Fleur, and her “Loud” tour. She is followed by Lady Gaga at No. 13 with $52 million. Diddy ties with Katy Perry for the No. 14 spot ($45 million). Beyoncé holds it down at No. 18 with $40 million, while her husband Jay-Z lands two spots below with $38 million. Here’s the full list: Forbes’ Highest-Paid Musicians 2012 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 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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