Top 10 Earning Country Music Stars

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Have you ever wondered what your favorite country music star makes in a year? Or who makes the most money?

I ran across an article in Forbes where they give us the run down on the top country stars as far as earnings.

The top earner for 2013 was 65,000,000.. yep that’s 65 million! And there are actually two #10’s because they tied at an impressive  17 million.

2013 Top Country Music Earners

1) Toby Keith – $65 Million

Dang Keith! Who knew? Yes, he makes mega bucks from his tours and music but one of the reasons he’s #1 is because of his smart business decisions. He owns his own label “Show Dog” plus part ownership in Big Machines who has signed most notably Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift. Sweet. Toby Keith music on iTunes

2) Taylor Swift – $55 Million

Speaking of Taylor Swift, she comes in #2. Not bad for a twenty something country singer. She earns the big bucks via her albums, touring and endorsements. Taylor Swift music on iTunes

3) Kenny Chesney – $53 Million

Kenny Chesney rakes in the bulk of his millions from stadium tours and albums. (I seriously MUST see him in concert!) In 2014 Chesney adds his own rum, Blue Chair Bay, to his music empire. Gee, it’ll be interesting to see what he makes in 2014! Kenny Chesney music on iTunes

4) Tim Mcgraw – $33 Million

A move to Big Machine Records (the one that Toby Keith owns part of) sent McGraw’s album “Two Lanes of Freedom” to a No. 2 debut on the charts. That and a profitable concert tour brought his earnings up to the 33mil. Tim McGraw music on iTunes

5) Carrie Underwood – $31 Million

Who would have guessed that American Idol’s 2005 winner would go on to have such a successful career? Carrie Underwood’s album “Blown Away” went platinum and then she played in over 100 concert shows. Carrie Underwood music on iTunes

6) Brad Paisley – $30 Million

Brad Paisley’s main earnings came from.. you guessed it.. his concert tour. But he also raked in a fair amount of cash with his album “Wheelhouse” which was recorded at Paisley’s home in Franklin. This was the first album of Paisley’s career where he used his own band, “The Drama Kings,” rather than studio musicians. Brad Paisley music on iTunes

7) Zac Brown Band – $26 Million

It sure didn’t hurt the bottom line for the Zac Brown Band’s new album “Uncaged” to win a Grammy award for Best Country Album! Big selling album and touring is what put them in the top ten country star money earners. Zac Brown Band music on iTunes

8) Rascal Flatts – $25 Million

Long time favorite Rascal Flatts made it to #8 with their seventh consecutive No. 1 debut on Billboard’s country charts for “Changed.” As lucrative as that was, they still made most of their money from live shows. Rascal Flatts music on iTunes

9) George Strait – $18 Million

If beloved George Strait made 18 million in 2013, he should make at least double that in 2014 with his final tour “Cowboy Rides Away.” Word is that he grosses over $1 million per show. George Strait music on iTunes

10) Jason Aldean – $17 Million

I have to admit I’m a little surprised that Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan came in as number ten when they are SO, SO popular right now. Aldean’s album “Night Train” was his fifth consecutive album to go platinum. Jason Aldean music on iTunes

10) Luke Bryan – $17 Million

Luke Bryan is another country star that is rising fast. In 2013 he won the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year award in April which was obviously a huge feather in his cap.. or should I say hat! He’s joining  Lee Brice and Cole Swindell in 2014 for “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” and their tickets are selling like hot cakes. Luke Bryan music on iTunes