Chesney Ranks High on Forbes Top Country Music Earners List

posted August 6th, 2016 at 5:40 pm

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by Josh

As they do every so often, Forbes is out with a list of the top earning country musicians and Kenny Chesney is near the top of the list.

On his massive, multi-year World Tour, Garth Brooks has been piling up a nice chunk of change. According to a new Forbes list, the artist briefly known as Chris Gaines is this year’s highest-earning artist in all of country music.

Forbes recently released a list of the top-earning country artists, and the names at the top of the magazine’s ranking likely won’t surprise you: Kenny Chesney, who earns big bucks starring in ads for Corona beer and Costa sunglasses, ranked second behind Brooks, with a net worth of $56 million. Luke Bryan came in not far behind at No. 3, earning $53 million, and Toby Keith and Jason Aldean landed at No. 4 ($47.5 million) and No. 5 ($36.5 million), respectively. Shania Twain, the highest-paid woman in country music, earned the No. 7 spot, having brought in $27.5 million.

According to Forbes, their rankings are calculated by tabulating record sales data provided by Nielsen, touring numbers from Pollstar and “independent research on non-musical business ventures.” If you’re feeling a little broke compared to Chesney, Aldean and company, just remember: Their listed net worths do not include payouts for agents, managers and lawyers.

Read more at The Boot.


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