Dr Dre tops Forbes list of World’s Highest-Paid Musicians of 2014

by Anike Jacobs

Forbes has released its annual list of the world’s highest paid musicians to wrap up the year and Dr. Dre  tops the list with a total earning of $620 million.

According to Forbes, that number also marks the largest single-year haul of any musician, ever.

Dr. Dre’s payday gives him the widest margin in history between the first and second spots on list—half a billion dollars separate him from the No. 2 earner, Beyoncé, who pulled in $115 million. Her most lucrative year yet comes courtesy of her Mrs. Carter Show tour, a surprise album and endorsements with the likes of Pepsi and H&M .

Also on the list is The Eagles with $100 million, Bon Jovi with $82 million, Bruce Springsteen with $80 million, Katy Perry with $40 million, Miley Cyrus with $36 million and Lady Gaga ($33 million).

Justin Bieber ($80 million) and One Direction ($75 million) are the only acts under age 30 to make the top ten; Taylor Swift finished at No. 11 ($64 million).

1. Dr. Dre: $620 million
2. Beyoncé: $115 million
3. The Eagles: $100 million
4. Bon Jovi: $82 million
5. Bruce Springsteen: $81 million
6. Justin Bieber: $80 million
7. One Direction: $75 million
8. Paul McCartney: $71 million
9. Calvin Harris: $66 million
10. Toby Keith: $65 million
11. Taylor Swift: $64 million
12. Jay Z: $60 million (tie)
12. Diddy: $60 million (tie)
12. Bruno Mars: $60 million (tie)
15. Justin Timberlake: $57 million
16. Pink: $52 million
17. Michael Bublé: $51 million
18. Rihanna: $48 million
19. Rolling Stones: $47 million
20. Roger Waters: $46 million
21. Elton John: $45 million
22. Kenny Chesney: $44 million
23. Katy Perry: $40 million
24. Jason Aldean: $37 million (tie)

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