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Thursday
Nov292012

Roger Waters, Elton John, U2 Near Top of "Forbes" Magazine's Highest-Paid Musicians List for 2012

Courtesy of Roger WatersA few veteran rock and pop stars show up in the top 10 of Forbes magazine's list of the World's 25 Highest Paid Musicians for 2012.

Ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters scored the highest of any rock act on the tally, taking the #2 spot with an estimated $88 million coming in, thanks mainly to his recent The Wall Live tour.  Next up is Elton John, who landed in third place with $80 million.  The Rocket Man's earning come not only from his extensive touring schedule, including his ongoing Las Vegas residency, but also from Gnomeo and Juliet, the successful animated film he co-produced.

U2 clocked in at #4 on the list, earning $78 million from their 360 tour, which grossed $736 million over the last three years. Meanwhile, Bon Jovi raked in $60 million to come in at #6 on the tally, while Paul McCartney shared eighth place with country-pop princess Taylor Swift after making $57 million. 

The Forbes rankings are based on estimates of gross income earned by each artist between May 2011 and May 2012.

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