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U2 Tops 'Forbes' List of Highest-Paid Musicians

Isaac Brekken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After recently compiling a list of the highest-paid musicians under 30, Forbes magazine has now published a roundup of the 25 highest-paid musicians overall.

Number one on the list is U2, who raked in $195 million between May of 2010 and last month, thanks to their super-successful tour.  For that same reason, Bon Jovi is number two on the list with $125 million, Elton John is number three with $100 million, Lady Gaga is number four with $90 million, and Michael Buble is number five with $70 million.  All of those acts enjoyed sold-out, long-running tours.

Others on the list range from 68-year-old Paul McCartney to 17-year old Justin Bieber.  There's also one married couple on the list -- Beyonce and Jay-Z -- but he earned more than she did for the first time since their 2008 wedding.

Here's the list, which includes a five-way tie for 18th place:

1. U2 ($195 million)
2. Bon Jovi ($125 million)
3. Elton John ($100 million)
4. Lady Gaga ($90 million)
5. Michael Buble ($70 million)
6. Paul McCartney ($67 million)
7. Black Eyed Peas ($61 million)
8. Eagles ($60 million)
9. Justin Bieber ($53 million)
10. Dave Matthews Band ($51 million)
11. Toby Keith ($50 million)
12. Usher ($46 million)
13. Taylor Swift $45 million)
14. Katy Perry ($44 million)
15. Brad Paisley ($40 million)
16. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers ($38 million)
17. Jay-Z ($38 million)
18. AC/DC ($35 million)
18. Sean "Diddy" Combs ($35 million)
18. Beyonce ($35 million)
18. Tim McGraw ($35 million)
18. Muse ($35 million)
23. Rascal Flatts ($34 million)
24. Kenny Chesney ($30 million)
25. Rihanna ($29 million)

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Year in Review: Music Industry Greats Who Died in 2010

Teddy Pendergrass. Photo Courtesy - David Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Here are some of the musical greats we lost in 2010:

Ronnie James Dio, 67, singer, Black Sabbath, Dio, Elf, Rainbow, Heaven and Hell, May 16, stomach cancer.

Lena Horne, 92, singer, actress, May 9, heart failure.

Marvin Isley, 56, bassist for the Isley Brothers, June 6, complications from diabetes.

Paul Gray, 38, bassist for Slipknot, May 24, morphine overdose.

Jimmy Dean, 81, country music singer and sausage entrepreneur, June 13, natural causes.

Guru, 48, rapper in the group Gang Starr, April 19, cancer.

Willie Mitchell, 81, produced records for artists including Al Green and Ann Peebles, Jan. 5, cardiac arrest.

Teddy Pendergrass, 59, singer, Jan. 13, respiratory failure.

Kate McGarrigle, 63, singer/songwriter, mother of Rufus Wainwright, Jan. 18, cancer.

Peter Steele, 48, lead singer, bassist of Type O Negative, April 14, heart failure.

T. Bone Wolk, 58, longtime bassist for Hall & Oates, Feb. 28, heart attack.

Michael Been, 60, lead singer of The Call, Aug. 19, heart attack.

Jay Reatard, 29, lead singer, guitarist of The Reatards, solo artist, Jan. 13, drug overdose.

Malcolm McLaren, 64, punk impresario, manager of the Sex Pistols, New York Dolls, April 8, mesothelioma.

Doug Fieger, 57, frontman of The Knack, Feb. 14, cancer.

Alex Chilton, 59, lead singer of Big Star, the Box Tops, March 17, heart attack.

Ari Up, 48, singer of punk band The Slits, stepdaughter of Johnny Rotten, Oct. 20, cancer.

Peter Quaife, 66, bassist of The Kinks, June 23, complications due to kidney disease.

Mick Green, 66, English guitarist of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates and Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Jan. 11,  complications due to heart problems.

Ali "Ollie" Woodson, 58, former singer of The Temptations, May 30, cancer.

Bill Aucoin, 66, former manager of Kiss, June 28, complications from prostate cancer.

Ron Banks, 58, singer, founding member of the Dramatics, March 4, heart attack.

Solomon Burke, 70, blues and soul singer/songwriter, Oct. 10, natural causes.

Gregory Issacs, 59, reggae singer, Oct. 25, lung cancer.

Captain Beefheart, 69, avant-garde rock singer, painter, Dec. 17, multiple sclerosis.

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