Dr. Dre Tops Forbes Highest Earning Musicians List; Taylor Swift Dominates Billboard

Forbes magazine has released its annual list of the world’s highest-paid musicians. Topping the list is Dr. Dre, who earned $620 million in 2014. Much of that income was from Dre’s recent sale of his Beats headphones company to Apple for $3 billion. Rounding out the Top Five highest-paid musicians of 2014 are Beyonce ($115 million), The Eagles ($100 million), Bon Jovi ($82 million) and Bruce Springsteen ($81 million). The earnings are tallied from music sales, publishing, merchandise, touring, endorsement deals and other ventures.

Taylor Swift Dominates Billboard 

Taylor Swift performs at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball at the Staples Center on Dec. 5, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Taylor Swift performs at KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball at the Staples Center on Dec. 5, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Taylor Swift, 25, continues to dominate the pop charts this week. Her 1989 album spends its fifth non-consecutive week at Number One on the Billboard 200chart. She also leads Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for the fourth week with the album’s sophomore single “Blank Space.” Swift’s four albums have cumulatively spent 29 weeks at Number One. Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey are the only other female artists with more total weeks, 46 and 30, respectively.