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The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010

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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
Pop, Dance, Electronic
$30,556,342
2
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
$30,441,776
3
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock
$24,489,675
4
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Rock music, World music, Acoustic music
$23,942,353
5
Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Contemporary R&B, Pop
$22,492,565
6
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Country, Pop, Rock
$20,730,431
7
Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music
$19,813,232
8
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock
$18,304,214
9
The Black Eyed Peas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Hip hop, Pop, Electronic
$16,823,576
10
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock
$14,180,842
11
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock
$13,997,727
12
Brad Paisley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Americana, Rock music, Country rock
$13,955,990
13
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Country pop, Christian, Pop rock
$13,501,387
14
Tim McGraw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Country, Southern rock
$13,494,734
15
Usher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Contemporary R&B, Hip hop, Pop
$13,249,179
16
Rascal Flatts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music
$11,958,021
17
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Hip hop
$11,211,140
18
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Hip hop
$11,636,462
19
Phish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion
$10,520,240
20
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae
$10,230,660
21
Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Country
$9,872,996
22
Cher is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop
$9,613,175
23
John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Blues, Pop, Rock
$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
Country, Pop
25
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Paid Musicians and Bands of 2010
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
$9,131,527