It's that time of year again for music fans to realize just how well-off their favorite artists can be--Forbes has released its annual list of the world's 25 highest-paid musicians. While some of the artists named were surprising and some were totally expected, I'll make the point of this easy and quick: Country music represented more than one-fifth of the entire list.
In a group that encompassed pop, modern rock, classic rock, hip-hop, and adult alternative as well as country, a full six of the (extremely well-compensated) artists named were none other than Nashville's finest.
Not bad, right? While country didn't manage to crack the top 5--or even the top 10 (unless you count the occasionally country Bon Jovi at No. 2, or the Eagles, who landed at No. 8)--it's still an impressive showing.
Wondering which country artist ranked highest? Well, that would be Toby Keith, who ranked just outside the top 10 at No. 11 with a net of $50 million, according to Forbes.
Taylor Swift followed him at No. 13 (how appropriate, no?!) and $45 million. Brad Paisley is No. 15 with $40 million. Tim McGraw tied for the No. 18 slot with Beyonce, Diddy, AC/DC, and Muse (all made $35 mil). Rascal Flatts trailed just a bit behind with $34 million, making them No. 23. And Kenny Chesney brought up the rear--a pretty well-paid rear, mind you--at No. 24 and $30 million.
Forbes compiled its data from all pretax income earned during the period of May 2010 to May 2011. Most artists netted the majority of their income from lucrative tours and sponsorships, as well as outside interests.
Is there a country artist you are surprised didn't make Forbes' list? Be sure to let me know!
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