Dr. Dre, Britney Spears Best Forbes’ Listing of Wealthiest Celebs

Forbes has released its annual list of the Top 20 Highest-Paid Celebrities and in a surprising turn of events beats by dre studio is the top-ranking musician on the list. Following Oprah Winfrey, Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Jerry Bruckheimer, the rapper, who hasn’t released a new album since 1999, comes in at No. 5 with $110 million.

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New Beats High Performance Professional Champagne Headphones

As it turns out Dr. Dre has earned his many millions not from making music but from his line of headphones, Beats By Dre. Forbes notes, “In August handset maker HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in Beats by Dr. Dre, the headphone company he co-founded with Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine in 2006. Each owned about a third of the company, pocketing about $100 million apiece, before taxes, from last summer’s deal.” Score.
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Other musicians on the list include Elton John, who comes in at No. 12 with $80 million, and Britney Spears, who clocks in at No. 20 with $58. John’s cash comes largely from his live performances, including a stint in Las Vegas, as well as his animated film Gnomeo and Juliet. Spears, for her part, earned some of her income by playing 75 shows in the past year. But much of Spears’ dough comes from endorsements and a fragrance line with Elizabeth Arden.

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Graffiti Beats High Performance Professional Headphones

Those three are the only actual musicians on the list (are you surprised by the lack of Katy Perry and Lady Gaga?) but also on the list are The X Factor leader Simon Cowell, who earned $90 million in the last year, and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest. You can check out the full list here.
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Did you expect that beats by dre solo hd would be a higher earner than most of these celebs? To be fair he only tops the list because he pocketed the cash from his headphones deal in the last year, but still we didn’t realize the rapper was worth so much. What do you think of Forbes’ list? Do you wish you have that many millions of dollars? Tell us in the comments.

Jay Z and Kanye West Watch The Throne tour – part of Jay’s rap blueprint?
ay-Z will be decoding his bank account having been unseated at the top of Forbes’ Cash Kings list of the richest Hip Hop stars by Dr Dre.

Former N.W.A. star Dre pulled in a huge $110 in pretax earnings, mainly due to his best selling Beats headphones.

What has Watch The Throne and teaming up with Kanye West done for Jay’s ongoing rap blueprint?..

The Reasonable Doubt mastermind, who usually tops the Cash Kings list spotted an opportunity to bring Kanye under his wing and bulletproof his place at the top of the game.

But he couldn’t have predicted the resounding success of cheap beats by dre pro earpieces.

Dr Dre roll-outs pill-shaped Bluetooth sound system soon enough to the iphone 5

Oh the irony, Dr Dre launches pill-shaped Bluetooth speakers in time for the iPhone 5
Picnics and dorm rooms are about to get a little bassier thanks to the upcoming release of these Beats Pill Bluetooth speakers – branded with Dr Dre’s well-travelled cheap beats by dre pro.

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SoloHD Beats High Performance On-Ear Headphones Black

Shaped like a pill, this Bluetooth speaker with AUX input should offer up to 8.5 hours of portable tunes thanks to its rechargeable battery and – thanks to its four drivers – should pump up the volume while you’re out and about.

And if you’re planning on getting a shiny new iPhone 5, you won’t have to worry about any Lightning dock connector issues either.

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SoloHD Beats High Performance On-Ear Headphones Black/Yello

HMV has since taken down its purchase page but a cached copy shows a US$270 price tag and a 28th September release date – although dosage instructions and side effects have yet to be confirmed.
Beats Electronics has had about as much impact on headphones as iPhones had on the mobile phone industry. Now the Southern California company is trying out a somewhat different style.

The company, founded in 2006 by music moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, shook up the market with creations such as the original $299 Studio series–over-the-ear headphones with a distinctive plastic design, bold colors and the letter “b” standing out in the center.beats by dre studio became particularly fashionable among hip-hop artists, DJs and their fans.

In mid-October, however, Beats is reaching out to the briefcase-carrying set with a new “Executive” line of headphones–featuring a more understated design built from aluminum alloy, stainless steel and leather. They lie flat to fit better fit in carry-on luggage. Beats also emphasizes advances in noise-cancelling technology to appeal to frequent airline travelers.

Is the sound just for fans of bass-heavy rap fare? Definitely not, says Luke Wood, who is the president and chief operating officer of beats by dre solo hd.

Despite the image of Beats products, Wood insists that the company has always sought a balanced audio profile that reflects the experience of its founders in creating a mix of music. He points to Tom Petty’s 1979 classic “Here Comes My Girl,” for example, to get an idea of what Iovine likes (he co-produced the album that contained it, “Damn the Torpedoes”). Wood says one of his personal playlists might span the rapper Tupac Shakur, the jazz saxophone player Stanley Turrentine and Led Zeppelin.

Beats Electronics, based in Santa Monica, Calif., now has 150 employees, up from about 20 a year ago, Wood says. The Taiwan-based smartphone maker HTC invested about $300 million in 2011 for a stake in the company.

“We are building marketing and R&D in Europe and in Asia,” Wood says. “We think globally.”

2008: Defeats by simply Dr Dre become so popular-so fast

Hip hop artist and producer Dr Dre teamed up with Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine to launch beats by dre solo, helping to solidify headphones as a fashion statement. The brand has recruited celebrities, including Will.i.am, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Lebron James, to endorse the products. Today, beats by dre studio has 63 per cent market share in US for headphones priced over $US100.

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Hip-Hop Rumors: Is beats by dre pro Coming Out With An iPhone Killer?
Rumors are swirling that Beats Electronics, the company owned by Dr. Dre and Interscope big wig, Jimmy Iovine, are creating a smart phone that will rival the heralded iPhone – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Beats is allegedly going head-to-head with Apple’s product portfolio and plans to launch their own TV with Beats, a service similar to Apple TV, and “Daisy,” a service that will work similar to iTunes.

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Studio Beats High Definition Powered Isolation Purple

According to Boy Genius Report, Beats has partnered up with Samsung to create a “TV with Beats connect” that will work integrate seamlessly with their other products, similar to Apple products.

The new products are still in the planning stages, but the specs are done. Dr. Dre is getting that paper! I just hope they don’t charge an arm and a leg for the phone. Do you think any of Apple’s loyal customers will be making the switch to Beats?

How long can artist or celebrity endorsements provide differentiation?

A long, long time ago, way back in 2008, Monster’s beats by dre studio line of headphones exposed young music listeners to better-quality sound. Ushering in a new premium, pro-sumer segment of the market, Beats combined a focus on audio quality with a fashion and design sensibility that numerous headphone companies are trying to capture today.

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Studio Beats High Definition Powered Isolation Light Blue

Sales of headphones priced over $100 have become the engine of growth in the audio market as a result, growing 65 percent (units) in the first half of 2012 and accounting for 43 percent of all headphone revenue, according to The NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service. Monster accounts for approximately half of the sales in this segment.

Of course, a large part of Beats’ success is built on the name and image of Dr. Dre, and as such, has inspired numerous other musician-endorsed headphones. Offerings from Soul by Ludacris, Sync by 50 Cent, and House of Marley have proved to be notable entries into the market. The strategy clearly works.

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Studio Beats High Definition Powered Isolation Light Purple

The NPD Group’s recent Headphones Ownership and Applications study reports that endorsements from music artists influence one in five premium-headphone shoppers to make a purchase. Compared with other industry data showing that celebrity endorsements do very little to actually spur purchases, this approach for headphones is a definite success.

But in an increasingly crowded market, how long can artist or celebrity endorsements provide differentiation?

A number of headphone companies have taken to promoting their premium lines in a different way. Harman’s new Harman Kardon headphones, released in June, aligned not with a musician but with Apple in their design, engineering, and distribution. Logitech’s Ultimate Ears have also partnered with Apple, making the Apple Store the exclusive launch partner for the new line of headphones and wireless audio speakers.

And headphone maker Denon has taken a fresh approach, gearing its four lines of headphones to different types of audio listeners ranging from audiophiles (the Music Maniac line) and workout warriors (the Exercise Freak line) to hip-hop bass lovers (the Urban Ravers line). Premium-headphone users own an average of 2.3 pairs, according to the NPD study, an indication that different pairs are used in different scenarios.

Denon might be on to something. With beats by dre pro consumption habits shifting to new devices like smartphones and tablets, headphones are being used for a multitude of activities, and consumers are going to expect better audio quality to maximize their experience. In fact, NPD’s study shows 29 percent of premium headphones being used with a tablet, triple the level observed in 2011. Products specifically designed for activities such as watching video, gaming, or even composing music using apps like Garage Band or iElectribe from Korg will provide the next wave of growth in the market.

In the end, we’re likely to see the premium-headphone market continue to grow, and as more companies chase the opportunity, differentiation will be key. Designs and engineering geared toward different pursuits will certainly provide this, but expect collaborations to emerge with other brands (like Harman and Apple), as well as content services (Monster just recently partnered with Viacom on the Monster DNA line).

Delivering quality sound is the new mantra in consumer audio now — just look at HP and HTC’s Beats Audio branding and Apple’s Mastered for iTunes effort, but with most headphones brands claiming high fidelity, consumers will need something else to help capture their eyes (and ears).

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Sony Simon Cowell Bring Out X Headphones To Take On Beats By Dr. Dre

Andre Young aka beats by dre solo certainly started something when he collaborated with Monster Cable to bring out the beats by dre studio brand of audio headgears. The Beats lineup of headphones are some of the most popular headphones to be sold around the world and at hundreds of dollars for each pair, they certainly do not come cheap, but at the same time, provide audiophile level of sound quality.

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Power Beats High Performance Professional Red Headphones

Simon Cowell and Sony have now set out to emulate the Beats success story by teaming up to bring out the new ‘Sony X headphones”. According to Sony, these headphones were developed in collaboration with Syco Entertainment, a company formed by a joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment.

“I chose to make a set of headphones with Sony because I simply wanted something better than what is in the market today,” Cowell said. “I’ve tried all of them, literally every single one. Sony and I set out to create the best headphone in the world. We are absolutely blown away by these. With the X Headphones, it’s like being in the recording studio when the records are made. The sound is that clear.”

The Sony X Headphones MDR-X10 incorporates the folding design to fit neatly into a stylish case that is the same color as the headphones. The cable is a flat, tangle free unit that is detachable and locks into the earcup. Interestingly, the X headphones is not an over the ear headphone but on ear but still manages to offer satisfying passive noise cancellation ability and even fits on the ear just as good as an over the ear design. This is due to the use of urethane memory foam and the general large earcup design. The X headphones also incorporates the Apple three button audio control with microphone. Sound quality is naturally of high quality, after all that is the least it could offer for a price of $299.99. beats by dre solo hd has some competition coming.

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Red Sox Beats High Performance Professional Headphones

Here is Sony’s description:
“Make a bold statement with the head-turning style of X headphones – they’re the ultimate fashion accessory for true music lovers. Precision crafted with premium materials, 50mm driver units and high-energy neodymium magnets allow for mind-blowing levels of audible bliss, while a tightly sealed acoustic design allows for higher levels of sound isolation, pumping more bump into every bass line. No need to leave your headphones at home, the dual-folding compact design practically begs to be thrown in a purse or bag so you can take your music to places it’s never been before. Cushy, pressure-relieving urethane foam makes for not only an outstanding fit, but also discourages annoying ambient noise. Plus the earpads are reversible, meaning you can listen in more ways than one. Get caught up in your music, not your cord with the durable, 1.2 m flat cord with a serrated, tangle-reducing finish. Compact carrying pouch included.”

Lil’ Wayne Performs @ Beats By Dre Launch Party in LA | Video

Lil’ Wayne has been rockin’ his beats by dre studio red headphones since their inception, so it’s only right that Weezy aligns with the good Doctor for his own headphone. In celebration of Weezy’s headphone’s and cheap beats by dre solo in general the YMCMB general hit the stage of LA’s Playhouse.

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Power Beats High Performance Professional Black Headphones

The New Orleans native ran through a few of his hits including, but not limited to, “No Worries” and “Pop That”, but before he did that he saluted Dr. Dre and his company for giving him the opportunity. The event took place last week after the VMA’s wrapped up and everyone hit the scene. After the jump you can check out the performance, do so and let your thoughts be known.