Country Salaries Are Flourishing, Forbes Says

Garth Brooks Is Highest-Earning Country Artist During Past 12 Months

I realize that making money isn’t a competition. Or at least I hope it isn’t. But after so many Forbes lists that have Toby Keith at the very top of its highest-paid country celebrities, I thought it was interesting that Garth Brooks claimed the distinction for the latest 12-month tally.

In the most recent World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities list, Forbes has Brooks at No. 6 with his $90 million. That’s in large part to his comeback tour that he kicked off in September 2014. And Keith came in at roughly half that, with his still-more-money-than-I’ll-ever-make-in-10-lifetimes $53 million.

Boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao came in at the very top of the list with respective earnings of $300 million and $160 million. Also in the Top 10 are Katy Perry (No. 3 with $135 million) and Taylor Swift (No. 8 with $80 million).

Other notable rankings include:

No. 14: Eagles ($73.5 million)
No. 47: Jason Aldean ($43.5 million)
No. 48: Luke Bryan ($42.5 million)
No. 49: Kenny Chesney ($42 million)
No. 58: Tim McGraw ($38 million)
No. 61: Florida Georgia Line ($36.5 million)
No. 78: Zac Brown Band ($32 million)

Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton tied at No. 95 with $28.5 million each, proving that working couples will always remain in high regard at the IRS.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.