What Your Favorite Stars Made

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COUNTRY’S TOP-EARNING STARS
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Forbes.com considered concert box office receipts, merchandise revenue, album sales, publishing royalties and income from endorsement or licensing deals. The figures represent an estimate of gross earnings from June 2009 to June 2010.

Kenny Chesney
Estimated earnings: $50 million
2008-2009 Rank: 1
2008-2009 earnings: $65 million
Prominent sponsorships with companies like Corona and MasterCard keep tour costs down, making the tours even more profitable.

Toby Keith
Estimated earnings: $48 million
2008-2009 Rank: 3
2008-2009 Earnings: $52 million
How serious is Keith about making money? His manager says, “You’d get a severe head injury dropping a nickel around him.”

Taylor Swift (tie)
Estimated earnings: $45 million
2008-2009 Rank: 4
2008-2009 earnings: $18 million
Fans downloaded 12 million tracks from iTunes and Amazon. Large endorsement deals with Sony and CoverGirl helped her bottom line, too.

Rascal Flatts (tie)
Estimated earnings: $45 million
2008-2009 Rank: 2
2008-2009 Earnings: $60 million
With fewer endorsement and licensing deals than other major country stars, Rascal Flatts makes the majority of its income from the road and from royalties.

Tim McGraw
Estimated earnings: $30 million
2008-2009 Rank: 5
2008-2009 Earnings: $23 million
Tim, who was the most-played artist on the radio in the 2000s, also branched out this year with a supporting role in the hit movie The Blind Side.

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