After handily topping the Forbes hip-hop cash kings list, Dr. Dre has proven to be 2014's highest-paid musician, bringing in a huge $620 million. With Dre's current takeaway from Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats, he easily bested runner-up Beyonce, by just over $500 million. Beyonce's $115 million reflect a big year resulting from the release of her surprise self-titled album, the Mrs. Carter Show tour, the On the Run tour and endorsements from companies like Pepsi and H&M.
The Eagles ($100 million) placed third, Bon Jovi ($82 million) is fourth and Bruce Springsteen ($81 million) is fifth. Advocating for cutting costs where possible, Bon Jovi told Forbes, “I know big bands where each of them has personal assistants on the road, each of them has a security guard. We don’t have a security guard. Take your own friggin’ bags!”
Forbes' highest paid musicians of 2014:
1. Dr. Dre - $620 million
2. Beyonce - $115 million
3. The Eagles - $100 million
4. Bon Jovi - $82 million
5. Bruce Springsteen - $81 million
6. Justin Bieber - $80 million
7. One Direction - $75 million
8. Paul McCartney - $71 million
9. Calvin Harris - $66 million
10. Toby Keith - $65 million
To see where Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna landed, head to Forbes.