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Garth Brooks Heads Forbes Top Country Artists Chart For Third Year; Veterans Take 4 of Top 5

by VVN Music

Forbes, who breaks down the biggest moneymakers in entertainment in more way than you can imagine or probably really need, has come out with their list of the Highest-Paid Country Musicians.

While Garth Brooks may not be selling records the way he did back in the 90's and early-2000's, his live shows are still sell outs and that was enough to put him at the top of the the list with earnings of $60 million over the last year. It's the third year in a row that he's topped the list.

Kenny Chesney is second on the list with his album Cosmic Hallelujah and his annual tour, taking in $42.5 million while Luke Bryan is third just $500,000 behind.

Dolly Parton sits in fourth with income from her first full tour of the U.S. in two decades along with her take from the Dollywood theme park. Toby Keith completes the nearly full sweep of the top five by veteran artists with a total of $34.5 million.

The rest of the top ten is filled with modern country artists except for veteran Keith Urban at number 9 with $30 million.

The full list:
  • 01. Garth Brooks ($60 Million)
  • 02. Kenny Chesney ($42.5 Million)
  • 03. Luke Bryan ($42.0 Million)
  • 04. Dolly Parton ($37.0 Million)
  • 05. Toby Keith ($34.5 Million)
  • 05. Florida Georgia Line ($34.5 Million)
  • 07. Jason Aldean ($32.5 Million)
  • 08. Blake Shelton ($31.5 Million)
  • 09. Keith Urban ($30.0 Million)
  • 10. Eric Church ($25.0 Million)
  • 10. Zac Brown Band ($25.0 Million)