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Forbes Names Highest Paid Country Artists of 2015

Wikimedia Commons Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean

Forbes has announced its rankings for the highest paid country artists of 2015.

The annual “Country Cash Kings” lists who brought home the biggest paychecks from June 2014 to June 2015 by examining concert ticket sales, sponsorship and promotion deals, as well as merchandise and album sales.

Thanks to his massive comeback tour, Garth Brooks took the top spot this year with a staggering $90 million. Not only did Brooks come out on top, he also earned the largest single-year payday Forbes has ever recorded for a country act.

Toby Keith came in second place with an impressive $53 million and Jason Aldean rounded out the top three with $43.5 million.

A big chunk of the income brought in by artists in the top five came from their large-scale, highly-produced tours. Luke Bryan and Kenny Chesney made the list thanks to their busy touring schedules and big endorsement deals with alcohol brands. Tim McGraw came in at number six with $38 million and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley brought in $36.5 million thanks in part to their successful second studio album, Anything Goes.

You can see the full list of the biggest money-makers in country music at Forbes.

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