Forbes Releases List Of Country Music's Top Earners
May 20, 2010 at 7:12 AM (PT)
FORBES has released their top-10 list of Country music’s top earning stars and KENNY CHESNEY tops the list for the second year in a row. FORBES notes his 57-date tour that brought in an average gross of $1.6 million a night and totals his earnings at $69 million gross. TOBY KEITH takes the number-two spot with an estimated $48 million, which includes his chain of restaurants, tour dates and publishing royalties.
TAYLOR SWIFT had the largest jump in earnings of any Country act last year, jumping from $18 million in 2009 to $45 million over the past year. She ties RASCAL FLATTS for the third spot. TIM McGRAW takes the 5th top earner spot and KEITH URBAN, GEORGE STRAIT, BRAD PAISLEY, ALAN JACKSON and CARRIE UNDERWOOD finish out the top-10 list.
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