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The highest earning musicians and bands based on a combination of touring, recorded music, and music publishing revenues. List of the top paid musicians is ordered by estimated net revenues, not gross earnings. Lady Gaga, the top earner in music for 2010, was estimated to have netted over $30mil from music, while Rihanna at the lower end of this list was estimated at $4.5mil in music-related money making. The highest paid rock band of 2010 was none other than Bon Jovi. Of course, given the changes in the recorded music industry, these top-paid musicians, singers, bands, and other entertainers are increasingly building their brands as income generators, and income from sponsorships, merchandise, and other areas are not factored into these rankings. If you are looking to answer the question who are today's best paid musicians this list is the most accurate with regards to music revenue, though Forbes does occasional top entertainer lists that bring ancilliary revenues into the mix as well. Data courtesy of Billboard.com, for full report click here.

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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Lady Gaga Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music - $30,556,342

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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music - $30,441,776

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Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock - $24,489,675

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Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Dave Matthews Band Rock music, World music, Acoustic music - $23,942,353

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Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Justin Bieber Pop music, Teen pop, Contemporary R&B - $22,492,565

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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Taylor Swift Country pop, Pop music, Rock music - $20,730,431

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Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Michael Bublé Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music - $19,813,232

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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock - $18,304,214

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The Black Eyed Peas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
The Black Eyed Peas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop - $16,823,576

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock - $14,180,842

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock - $13,997,727

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Brad Paisley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Brad Paisley Americana, Rock music, Country rock - $13,955,990

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Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music - $13,501,387

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Tim McGraw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Tim McGraw Country, Southern rock - $13,494,734

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Usher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Usher Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop - $13,249,179

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Rascal Flatts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Rascal Flatts Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music - $11,958,021

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop - $11,211,140

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Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Jay-Z Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap - $11,636,462

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Phish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Phish Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion - $10,520,240

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae - $10,230,660

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Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Toby Keith Country - $9,872,996

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Cher is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Cher Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop - $9,613,175

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John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
John Mayer Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music - $9,275,991

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Lady Antebellum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Lady Antebellum Country pop, Pop music, Country

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Carole King is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Carole King Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music - $9,131,527

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James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
James Taylor Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music - $8,995,614

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal - $8,990,258

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Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Brooks & Dunn Country - $8,698,351

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Nickelback is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Nickelback Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal - $8,542,208

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George Strait is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
George Strait Country - $7,361,898

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Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Reba McEntire Country pop, Country rock, Country - $7,199,374

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock - $7,160,887

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Muse is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music - $5,812,629

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Daughtry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Daughtry Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge - $4,852,769

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Susan Boyle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Susan Boyle Torch song, Pop music, Classical music - $4,770,339

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music - $4,766,283

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul - $4,693,696

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Sugarland is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Sugarland Country pop, Pop music, Country - $4,478,705

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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop - $4,473,304

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"Glee" Cast $8,830,710