Forbes List of Highest Paid Country Stars

posted September 21st, 2011 at 12:37 am

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by Josh Martn

Forbes is out with their annual list of the top-earning country musicians and Kenny Chesney is once again on the list, coming in at #6 with $30 million:

Last year’s top earner took it easy this year, with only 24 dates in a twelve-month span from 2010 to 2011. Still, Chesney’s concerts gross an average of $1.6 million every night, landing him solidly among the highest-paid country stars. His latest album, Hemingway’s Whiskey, spawned three No. 1 singles and was certified platinum in August of 2011. A radio standby, Chesney raked in an estimated $7.5 million in royalties in 2010.

Chesney topped the list in 2010 and 2009.

Here’s a look at the top 10:

  1. Toby Keith – $50 mil
  2. Taylor Swift – $45 mil
  3. Brad Paisley – $40 mil
  4. Tim McGraw – $35 mil
  5. Rascal Flatts – $34 mil
  6. Kenny Chesney – $30 mil
  7. George Strait – $24 mil
  8. Alan Jackson – $22 mil
  9. Carrie Underwood – $20 mil
  10. Sugarland – $18 mil



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  • Stacielee_8

    He’ll most likely top the list for 2012.

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