Here Are the Top Earning Musicians of the Decade According to 'Forbes'

The top earner might not be who you expect.

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Though it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who watched the HBO docuseries The Defiant Ones, the staying power of Dr. Dre has been proven once more with Forbes' newly released ranking of the highest-earning musicians of the decade.

Dre tops the list with $950 million, with the accompanying report noting that the celebrated producer's stake in the sold-for-billions Beats empire gives him quite the boost here. Taylor Swift, meanwhile, lands at No. 2 with $825 million ahead of Beyoncé at No. 3 with $685 million.

See the full list, also including JAY-Z and Lady Gaga, below:

10. Lady Gaga $500 million
9. Katy Perry $530 million
8. Paul McCartney $535 million
7. JAY-Z $560 million
6. Elton John $565 million
5. Diddy $605 million
4. U2 $675 million
3. Beyoncé $685 million
2. Taylor Swift $825 million
1. Dr. Dre $950 million

Notably, the decade list doesn’t count artists whose estates continue to make money after their death, with Michael Jackson highlighted in the new report as the artist who "would be No. 1" with a $2.37 billion total for the decade if post-death earnings were included.

Forbes previously released their ranking for 2019 featuring Metallica and Kanye West. Revisit that here.

As for Dre's possible 2020 plans, he and Kanye announced a sequel to Jesus Is King back in November. 

"Who knew all I had to do was do an album for God and then Dr. Dre would start mixing my beats?" West later told a Sunday Service crowd of the team-up.

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