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Who's Got the Power?: The Musicians on Forbes's Most Powerful Celebrities List

Fame and fortune might not be the ultimate goal for every person to ever write a song or learn an instrument, but it is for a lot of people out there. It would be lovely to believe that music is done 100% of the time for the "right" reasons, but most of us are cynical enough to know otherwise.

Some artists eke out meager existences. Some find a certain level of minor success. Others are full-blown A-list superstars. Superstars (be they from music, sports or film) get the fame and the fortune, and with that comes the power.

Forbes magazine tries to quantify that power with their World's Most Powerful Celebrities list. Like every yearly list, this one provides an interesting snapshot for a certain moment in time. Although put down in print, it's ultimately ephemeral.

The list will change next year; that much is certain. But what can we learn from the 2012 edition?

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