concert Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, And Alan Jackson Make How Much?

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What do [lastfm]Kenny Chesney[/lastfm], [lastfm]Alan Jackson[/lastfm], [lastfm]Taylor Swift[/lastfm], and [lastfm]Brad Paisley[/lastfm] all have in common? They are some of country music’s higest paid acts.

With the summer concert season quickly coming to an end, let’s take a look at how much money country music’s heavy hitters are making. The results are quite astonishing, as we take a look at Forbes magazine’s Top 10 Country Music earners between the summer of 2009 and 2010.

1. Kenny Chesney
Estimated earnings: $50 million
Kenny Chesney also led last years chart and each concert he held pulled in nearly $1.6 million!

2. [lastfm]Toby Keith[/lastfm]
Estimated earnings: $48 million
[lastfm]Toby Keith[/lastfm] moved up one spot this year, pulling in big money from his tour, as well as his new and growing chain of restaurants and don’t forget, Toby writes the majority of his own music.

3. Taylor Swift (Tie)
Estimated earnings: $45 million
She is one of the most-played artist on the radio and attracts the younger crowd, which means her fans downloaded more than 12 million tracks from the likes of iTunes and Amazon!

3. [lastfm]Rascal Flatts[/lastfm] (Tie)
Estimated earnings: $45 million
[lastfm]Rascal Flatts[/lastfm] tours, tours, and tours some more. They were at Wrigley Field last Fall and have already made their way through Chicago recently.

5. [lastfm]Tim McGraw[/lastfm]
Estimated earnings: $30 million
[lastfm]Tim McGraw[/lastfm] continues to tour and pack the house. Don’t forget, he is also an actor, last year with his supporting role in “The Blind Side”.

Here is the rest of the Top 10:

6. [lastfm]Keith Urban[/lastfm]
Estimated earnings: $28 million

7. [lastfm]George Strait[/lastfm]
Estimated earnings: $25 million

8. Brad Paisley
Estimated earnings: $22 million

9. Alan Jackson
Estimated earnings: $15 million

10. [lastfm]Carrie Underwood[/lastfm]
Estimated earnings: $13 million


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