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2012 Top Music Earners

Dr. Dre performing
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Forbes released its list of highest paid musicians of 2012. Surprisingly, a huge chunk of their money is from outside of the recording studio, often picked up through biz ventures or on tour. The rankings are based on earnings from May 2011 – May 2012 and even though his next album Detox hasn’t dropped yet, Dr. Dre leads the pack this year bringing home $110 million. Pushing him to the top was Dre’s “oh so cool” Beats headphone line. Next up is Roger Waters, the 69 year old founder of Pink Floyd. He made out like a fat cat with a cool $80 million in concert revenue. Also benefiting from being on the road are our next big earners, Elton John, U2, Take That and Bon Jovi. I know what your thinking…Take That – who’s that? They are the British boy band whose reunion tour grossed a record setting $61 million for just eight dates at Wembley Stadium alone. Then there is Britney Spears followed by Taylor Swift, who weighed in at number eight with $57 mil. Remember that doesn’t include any of the earnings from her just released new album, which sold 1.2 million copies in it’s first week of release. Tied with Taylor was Paul McCartney and rounding out the top 10 was Justin Bieber. Apparently having a good set of pipes, endorsement deals, perfumes, acting, product lines, and touring can really jack up that bank account.

I personally need to buy another lottery ticket to blow up my bank account but I will be musically rich when I’m rockin’ the decks this week on In The Mix with HK™. Get ready for custom HK remixes on Maroon 5’s new one – “Daylight”, Kesha – “Die Young”, Flo Rida – “I Cry”, Chris Brown – “Don’t Wake Me Up”, Pink – “Try”, a wicked extended HK remix on Swedish House Mafia – “Don’t You Worry Child”. I’ve got a whole bevy of smokin’ jams and killer remixes, plus my pick to hit.

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