Top 10 highest paid musicians via Forbes (pre tax earnings)
1. Dr. Dre ($110 million)
2. Roger Waters ($88 million)
3. Elton John ($80 million)
4. U2 ($78 million)
5. Take That ($69 million)
6. Bon Jovi ($60 million)
7. Britney Spears ($58 million)
8. Paul McCartney ($57 million, tie)
8. Taylor Swift ($57 million, tie)
10. Justin Bieber ($55 million, tie)
Music video by Justin Bieber performing Boyfriend. ©: 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group
Justin Bieber has become the first person in history to reach two billion hits on YouTube.
The ‘Never Say Never’ hitmaker – who was discovered on the video-sharing site in 2008 by Scooter Braun, who later became his manager – hit the milestone by gaining 95 million views on his official Vevo YouTube channel in the past month.
The 17-year-old teen heartthrob has surpassed Lady Gaga‘s record after she was the first music artist to reach one billion views on YouTube in October 2010.
Justin‘s official channel on the website was first created in September 2009
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Justin Bieber earns a minimum of $300,000 per concert, placing him near the top of the tour earnings list, contract records show.
History of Beiber: Bieber was discovered in 2008 by Scooter Braun, who happened to come across Bieber’s videos on YouTube and later became his manager. Braun arranged for him to meet with Usher in Atlanta, Georgia, and Bieber was soon signed to Raymond Braun Media Group (RBMG), a joint venture between Braun and Usher.
The 16-year-old performer earns more per gig than established acts like Sheryl Crow ($146,500), Weezer ($150,000), and Bret Michaels ($64,000). Bieber, though, does not command as much as Rascal Flatts ($702,500), Kiss ($500,000), or Keith Urban ($487,500). Checkout full list below: