Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and More Country Artists Among 2016’s Highest-Paid Celebrities
Unsurprisingly, Taylor Swift takes the top spot out of all 100 celebrities; she's raked in $170 million in the past year -- but since most of that income came from the release of her pop album 1989 and its corresponding tour, Brooks is country music's top earner of the year. The superstar comes in at No. 15 on the list, having made $70 million from music sales and his World Tour.
Chesney lands at No. 26 on the list, with $56 million in earnings from his music and tours, as well as from his brand of Costa sunglasses and his Blue Chair Bay rum company. Luke Bryan is also on the list, at No. 37 ($53 million); Toby Keith ranks at No. 47 ($47.5 million); and Jason Aldean is at No. 75 ($36.5 million). The five country artists in Forbes' Top 100 (Swift not included) collectively earned $263 million.
According to Forbes, rankings are based on "numbers from Nielsen, Pollstar, Box Office Mojo, Songkick and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders and many of the stars themselves;" agent, manager and laywer fees have not been deducted.