Forbes’ List of the Highest Paid Country Stars of 2019 Includes Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban & More

Forbes’ List of the Highest Paid Country Stars of 2019 Includes Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban & More

Forbes released its list of the 20 Highest-Paid Country Stars of the year—and some recognizable names are once again in the mix.

The 5 Highest-Paid Country Stars of 2019

  1. Luke Bryan, $42.5 million
  2. Zac Brown Band, $38.5 million
  3. Keith Urban, $35 million
  4. Blake Shelton, $32 million
  5. Kenny Chesney, $31 million

Although Luke Bryan earned almost $10 million less than last year, his $42.5 million was good enough for this year’s top spot. Luke earned the majority of his income via his headlining tour as well as his role as a judge on American Idol. Keith Urban moved into the Top 5 this year after being absent from the Top 10 last year, while ZBB, Blake Shelton and Kenny Chesney are once again in familiar territory in this year’s Top 5.

To formulate the list, Forbes looked at touring numbers from Pollstar, Bandsintown and Songkick, as well as record sales data from Nielsen, while performing independent research on outside business ventures and endorsement deals.

The 5 Highest-Paid Country Stars of 2018

  1. Luke Bryan, $52 million
  2. Garth Brooks, $45.5 million
  3. Kenny Chesney, $37 million
  4. Zac Brown Band, $31 million
  5. Blake Shelton, $28 million

The 5 Highest-Paid Country Stars of 2017

  • 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

photos: Keith Urban by Curtis Hilbun; Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Thomas Rhett Will Never Take Touring for Granted

Thomas Rhett Will Never Take Touring for Granted

Thomas Rhett is ready to hit the road and Bring The Bar To You in 2022!

Starting in June, Thomas will kick-off his Bring The Bar To You tour with back to back shows in Gilford, New Hampshire with openers Parker McCollum and Conner Smith.

After going through the last two years, Thomas says, “I’ll never take for granted being able to come see y’all and I’m so fired up to play some of these new ones that were made with these nights in mind. I have a feeling things are going to get loud – I’m counting down the days already!”

Photo Courtesy of Thomas Rhett