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Toby Keith, Taylor Swift Among Highest-Paid Country Stars

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Toby Keith photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

Forbes has released their list of country’s highest-paid stars. To compile the list, Forbes looked at money earned between May 2010 and May 2011. They also talked to agents, manager, publishers, lawyers and other industry members to come up with their gross earnings estimates. Toby Keith landed at the top of their list, with Taylor Swift coming in second and Brad Paisley third.

Toby made an estimated $50 million in earnings last year. Besides his music, he has a lucrative sponsorship with Ford now in its tenth year, a line of restaurants called ‘I Love This Bar & Grill and a Mezcal drink called Wild Shots. Taylor’s tour, album sales, movie and television appearances and partnership with Cover Girl helped her earn an estimated $45 million to put her in the second spot. As for Brad, his album and touring sales, deals with Chevy and Sea Ray and his publishing company, Sea Gayle Music, helped earn him a cool $40 million.

Tim McGraw came in fourth on the list with his music and touring sales being boosted by his role in Country Strong and line of cologne. Rascal Flatts rounded out the Top 5 with an estimated earnings of $34 million, coming largely from album and ticket sales. Rounding out the top 10 are Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood and Sugarland.

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