Dr Dre is his name and headphones are his game. The cool Californian rapper is at the top of the shop in the list of 25 highest-paid music stars of 2012, according to Forbes. Dre is now sitting pretty, with his recent visit to London showing just how popular both he and his distinctive Beats by Dre headphones actually are. These colourful little babies  - which adorn the ears of thousands of us around the country - are the main reason why he’s made around £68.5 million.

The rest of the list’s Top Five is still dominated by Brits though. At Number Two: the founder of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters who’s regarded by members of the public and celebrities alike, as a rock legend. He’s just announced details of 2013’s open air tour of his seminal album, The Wall. He earned just short of £55 million, with another famous musical Brit, Sir Elton John sliding into third place at £49.8 million. Irish rockers U2 and Take That come in at £48.6m and £38 million respectively.

No surprises for guessing that Justin Bieber was the youngest entry. The Canadian teen heartbreaker is at Number 10, having pocketed a whopping £34.2million alone for having mega-hits like ‘Baby’ and ‘Boyfriend’.

When it comes to the women on the list then former Destiny’s Child lead singer and now hugely successful solo artist,  Beyonce, is flying high. She comes in at 18th (with her husband Jay-Z trailing one place behind her). Wonder how he feels about that? The pair earned a whopping £24.9m and £23.6 million respectively.

And not forgetting the ever-controversial Ri-Ri as the tabloids have now nicknamed her. Bajan beauty, Rihanna is also in the list along with other top female show-stoppers, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

 

Written and presented by Marverine Cole