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Forbes’ Highest-Paid Musicians 2012 List Revealed

Christie Goodwin, Redferns

For Taylor Swift, Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney, the last year has been exceptionally good, especially for their bank accounts. The three country music superstars have each earned a spot on Forbes’ list of the World’s Highest-Paid Musicians.

Taylor, who ties with Paul McCartney in the No. 7 spot, is the richest country music celebrity, raking in an impressive $57 million. Toby came in close behind in the No. 10 spot, with $55 million, while Kenny is at No. 17, earning $44 million.

Rapper Dr. Dre tops the list, with an annual income of $110 million. He is followed by Pink Floyd member Roger Waters, who made $88 million, Elton John with $80 million, rock band U2 with $78 million and British pop group Take That rounding out the Top 5 with $69 million. See the entire list here.

This is not Taylor’s first appearance on a Forbes list. The 22-year-old topped Forbes’ list of Highest Paid Celebrities Under 30 this year. She also appeared on the magazine’s list of Top 100 Most Influential Entertainers — an honor she also shared with Toby and Kenny, as well as Brad Paisley and Larry the Cable Guy.

Taylor will have an even bigger bank account in 2013. The “I Knew You Were Trouble” singer, who grosses approximately $1 million per show, will kick off her Red tour on March 13 in Omaha, Neb. View her upcoming shows here.

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