With a whopping $42.5 million, Luke Bryan is the highest-earning country music artist of 2019, that’s according to the Forbes magazine. And no surprise here The top 20 singers in the genre earned $476.5 million this year.
The top five include genre mainstays like Zac Brown Band (No. 2, $38.5 million), Keith Urban (No. 3, $35 million), Blake Shelton (No. 4, $32 million), and Kenny Chesney (No. 5, $31 million).
And, holy cow: Everyone who made the top 10 raked in over $20 million this year!
Notice anything odd about that list?
There only one woman in the top ten highest-earning country music artists – the legendary Shania Twain, who clocks in at No. 7 with $29 million.
The outlook for racial diversity is even bleaker: Coming in at No. 18 with $14 million, Lil Nas X is the lone non-white act on the list, and he’s the only openly gay artist, too.
- Luke Bryan, $42.5 million
- Zac Brown Band, $38.5 million
- Keith Urban, $35 million
- Blake Shelton, $32 million
- Kenny Chesney, $31 million
- Eric Church, $30 million
- Shania Twain, $29 million
- Florida Georgia Line, $26 million
- Garth Brooks, $24 million
- Jason Aldean, $23.5 million
- Toby Keith, $21 million
- Dierks Bentley, $20 million
- Tim McGraw, $18 million
- George Strait, $17.5 million
- Dolly Parton, $17 million
- Carrie Underwood, $16 million
- Faith Hill, $15 million
- Lil Nas X, $14 million
- Rascal Flatts, $13.5 million
- Miranda Lambert, $13 million (tie)
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