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Taylor Swift, Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney Make "Forbes" Highest Paid Musicians List

Image courtesy of Big Machine Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Big Machine Records (via ABC News Radio)

A few country stars show up on the Forbes list of the World's 25 Highest Paid Musicians for 2012. Taylor Swift tied with Paul McCartney for the #8 spot with an estimated $57 million coming in, thanks to her touring and endorsement deals. Toby Keith tied for #10 with Justin Bieber , earning $55 million with his touring, endorsement deals, I Love This Bar and Grill restaurant chain and other ventures.

Kenny Chesney raked in $44 million to come in at #17 on the list. Dr. Dre was #1 with $110 million, in large part due to HTC paying big bucks for a stake in his line of headphones, Beats by Dr. Dre.

The Forbes rankings are based on estimates of gross income earned by each artist between May 2011 and May 2012.

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