As 2012 draws to a close, we can now get a clearer idea of just how much celebrities made over the past 12 months. Forbes compiled a list of the 25 highest paid musicians of 2012, and we’ve narrowed down the list to feature the top 10 highest earners.
But while Justin Bieber and Katy Perry dominated the year’s headlines, it was the tried and true musicians who had the best year earnings-wise.
See who made Forbes’ list of the top 10 highest-paid musicians of 2012, it will surprise you.
18-year-old Justin Bieber earned money from his 'Believe' album and tour, in addition to his perfume line, which retails for $49.00.
He won the American Music Award for Artist of the Year, favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist, and favourite Album.
The Eagles haven't released an album since 2007, but they continue to tour around the world. Their sold-out concerts bring in the majority of their profits.
This still-performing Beatles member would be perfectly well-off just from the royalty checks he receives, but McCartney supplements his already huge net worth by touring.
According to Forbes, he grossed $130 million on just 30 shows over the past year.
Lady Gaga is in the midst of her 'Born This Way Ball' tour, but has already grossed $170 million.
Her steep production costs significantly reduce her profits, but her endorsement deals with entities like Polaroid and Virgin Mobile fill in the gaps.
Sir Elton John grossed $204 million on 102 live shows in the past 12 months. His yearly income may have been more if he had won his libel case against 'The Times,' but a judge ruled the statement in question to not be defamatory enough.
U2's two-year long tour has become the world's highest grossing tour, earning the band a staggering $700 million.
Huge chunks of lead singer Bono's paychecks have notoriously been donated to various causes, including Project Red, which raises money to fight AIDS.
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