The World’s 11 Highest-Paid Country Artists Took in Almost $400 Million Last Year, According to “Forbes” [See the List]

The World’s 11 Highest-Paid Country Artists Took in Almost $400 Million Last Year, According to “Forbes” [See the List]

Forbes magazine released its annual list of the World’s Highest Paid Country Musicians, and once again Garth Brooks was at the top of the queue.

  • No. 1: Garth Brooks, $60 million
  • No. 2: Kenny Chesney, $42.5 million
  • No. 3: Luke Bryan, $42 million
  • No. 4: Dolly Parton, $37 million
  • No. 5: Toby Keith, $34.5 million
  • No. 5: Florida Georgia Line, $34.5 million
  • No. 7: Jason Aldean, $32.5 million
  • No. 8: Blake Shelton, $31.5 million
  • No. 9: Keith Urban, $30 million
  • No. 10: Eric Church, $25 million
  • No. 10: Zac Brown Band, $25 million

With that kind of earning power—$394.5 million for the Top 11—don’t ever let your parents talk you out of becoming a country singer.

Garth netted the majority of his $60 million from his World Tour, while Kenny collected his millions from his stadium tours, endorsements with Corona and Apple and his own Blue Chair Rum.

Luke raked in his millions from his Kill the Lights Tour, his Outdoor Channel reality show Buck Commander and endorsement deals with Miller Lite and Cabela’s.

Dolly made the list thanks to a 60-plus-date tour and income from her Dollywood theme park.

Florida Georgia Line scored big with their Dig Your Roots Tour and endorsement deals with Advance Auto Parts and Nitto Tires, while Toby’s earning power came from his diverse portfolio of restaurant chains, Ford endorsements, Wild Shot mezcal and touring.

Jason gleaned most of his millions from his They Don’t Know Tour, while Blake reportedly netted double-digit millions from his role on The Voice.

Keith took home the dough thanks to his tour and his own line of guitars, while Eric and Zac Brown Band made the cut thanks to their monster tours.

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Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Congrats to Chris Young who is a 3-time CMA Award nominee this year.

His song “Famous Friends”, which he sings with Kane Brown, racked up nominations in the categories of Single, Musical Event, and Video of the Year.

Talking about his nominations, Chris says “I was blown away by the fact that there were three award nominations for the song. I mean, there’s so much that’s gone into it and so many people that have fallen in love with it and supported it and, you know, just having a hit with your friend in the first place is great with a song like “Famous Friends” with my buddy Kane Brown, but then to be nominated for three different CMA Awards, including Single of the Year. It’s just incredible.”

Chris, Kane and all the other nominees will learn if they’re taking home trophies, when the 55th Annual CMA Awards are handed out in Nashville on Wednesday November 10 – broadcasted live on ABC.

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