Vince Gill's side gig with The Eagles and Luke Bryan's busy year promoting the album What Makes You Country list among Forbes' annual Celebrity 100, a ranking of the previous year's highest-grossing entertainers.
The Eagles placed eighth, behind pop culture mainstays and international soccer stars, after amassing a whopping $3.5 million per tour stop on its An Evening With The Eagles Tour. It was the first widespread tour since the 2016 death of band co-founder Glen Frey. Overall, the band raked in an estimated $100 million. Those figures nearly double the band's $56 million year in 2017, good for a 41st place finish on Forbes' prior list.
Touring revenue, a brand ambassador deal with Chevrolet and other income streams were nearly as kind to Bryan, the list's 78th highest-grossing celebrity. He estimated earnings equaled $42.5 million. Last year, Bryan ranked higher, finishing 42nd off $52 million in earnings.
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They're not the only country-related names on the list. Country singer turned pop megastar Taylor Swift tops this year's rundown--quite the jump from last year's 21st place finish--by making $185 million. Other noteworthy names include vocal country music fan Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (number 15), Southern-born singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett (57), country-rockers The Zac Brown Band (95) and such recent country collaborators as Ed Sheeran (5), Justin Timberlake (41), Pink (43) and The Dave Matthews Band (92).
Country acts falling out of the top 100 include Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney. The former should have as good a shot as anyone in the genre at making next year's list, as he continues a lucrative stadium tour and preps a new album.
Each listed act earned at least $37.5 million, up 7 percent from a year ago. In all, the world's 100 highest-paid superstars clocked $6.3 billion in pretax earnings over the past 12 months.
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