Jay-Z, Usher Highlight Forbes's Highest Paid Musicians List

posted June 16, 2011 08:05:00 PM CDT | 24 comments

Jay-Z, Usher Highlight Forbes's Highest Paid Musicians List

Hova and Usher took top spots in Forbes's list of the 25 highest earning musicians.

Forbes's Zack O'Malley Greenburg recently listed the top 25 highest paid musicians of the past year.  Now, two of Hip Hop/R&B's biggest stars, Jay-Z and Usher, can officially count themselves as the top earners in their respective genres.

On a list headed by stadium-filling rock acts U2, Bon Jovi and Elton John, Hova and Usher were two of five artists form the R&B/Hip Hop market featured on the list. Coming in at spot number 12 was Usher, who earned $46 million this year from touring for his recent EP Versus. Jay-Z followed at number 17 with $37 million earned this past year, out-earning his wife Beyonce for the first time since 2008.

Beyonce wasn't too far off the mark, however. She and Bad Boy/Ciroc vodka mogul Diddy tied with Australian rockers AC/DC, country star Tim McGraw and British rock outfit Muse at spot number 18 with a whopping $35 million earned this past year. Rihanna also placed, rounding up the list in 25th place with $29 million.

Read O'Malley's full list to find out the other top earning musicians of last year.

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