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The Top Grossing Music Producers
You need a talented artist to bring a track to life, but it takes the right producer to add the subtle nuances to make it worthy of being on repeat for weeks on end.
In honor of Black Music Month, here are some of the highest grossing producers in music that give your favorite songs that extra flavor that leaves you singing along every time they come on:
The Neptunes - Chad Hugo and Pharrell have produced tracks for Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Busta Rhymes, and other powerhouse artists. In 2009, they were named Billboard's most influential producers of the decade. Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Berry Gordy - Gordy is the founder of Motown Records, and helped mold the careers of Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, The Jackson 5, and others. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images
Rick Rubin - Worth about $400M, Rick Rubin founded Def Jam records alongside his college pal Russell Simmons. Over the course of his career, he's produced for The Beastie Boys, Kanye West, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jay-Z, and other legends. Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Mike WiLL Made-It - You hear his signature tag at the start of tracks from everyone from Drake to Miley Cyrus and Rihanna. The Atlanta native works with a diverse range of artist to add a fresh new sound to hip hop and R&B. Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images
Dr. Dre - His career has spanned decades, and has helped launch artists like Eminem and 50 Cent to superstardom. In addition to his musical prowess, the creation of his Beats By Dre headphones line has made Dr. Dre a millionaire many times over. In fact, he's worth about $360M. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, and others.