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Who Are the Highest Paid Musicians of 2012? A Surprising List

Never mind Dr. Dre, Pink Floyd, Elton John and U2 — how about that British boy band, Take That?

They took the #5 spot on Forbes' list of The World's 25 Highest-Paid Musicians of 2012. That's over Bon Jovi, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and a lot of other people.

The estimates are from total earnings from May 2011 to May 2012, including "the amount of money an act makes from record sales, touring, endorsements, merchandise sales and other ventures before subtracting management fees, legal costs and taxes (which can gobble up the bulk of a big payday)."

Here's Forbes' top 15. Check out the full gallery for the rest.

1. Dr. Dre ($110 million)
2. Roger Waters of Pink Floyd ($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)

What do you think of the list, up to this point?

Source: Forbes

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11.30.2012 / 04:37 AM EDT by Gina Carbone
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