Forbes has put together a list of the top paid musicians of 2012. There's a LOT of zero's in this list!
10. Toby Keith: $50 Million
Toby released his 16 studio album "Hope On The Rocks," in 2012 with the catchy little song year"Red Solo Cup." Album Sales, endorsements deals and his restaurants also pay for this country star.
9. Dave Matthews Band: $51 Million
According to Forbes DMB gross over $1 Million dollars per night while on the road in 2012 following the release of their eighth studio album, "Away from the World."
8. Justin Bieber: $53 Million
18-year-old Justin Bieber answered all " the haters," with money earned from his "Believe" album and tour. He also has a perfume line which puts a little cash in his pocket.
7. The Eagles: $60 Million
Selling out shows is profitable as The Eagles show! The band hasn't released an album since 2007 but continue to tour selling out venues worldwide...
6. The Black Eyed Peas: $61 Million
BEP grossed millions from their tour in 2012 and also benefit from their endorsment deals with Samsun, Pepsi and Verizon.
5. Paul McCartney: $67 Million
Royalty checks and sell outs pay the former Beatles member very well in 2012!
According to Forbes, he grossed $130 million on just 30 shows over the past year.
4. Lady Gaga: $90 Million
Lady Gaga is on a roll in the middle of her "Born This Way Ball" tour, said to have grossed 170 Million already. Steep production costs take away much of her gross earnings so she endorses Polaroid and Virgin Mobile to help pay the bills.
3. Elton John: $100 Million
Sir Elton John grossed $204 million on 102 live shows in 2012 months.
2. Bon Jovi: $125 Million
Bon Jovi hasn't released an album in a few years, but continues to tour successfully.
According to Forbes, the band grossed $200 million playing 74 shows in 2012.
1. U2: $195 Million
U2's two-year long 360 Tour was the world's highest grossing tour, earning the band $700 million! Production costs as well as large chunks of Bono's paychecks going to Project Red affected their bottom line.