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Toby Keith is Country Music's Top Earner for the Second Year In a Row

Jul 29, 2014 -- 5:03am

 Forbes.com released their list of country music's top earners, and TOBY KEITH is #1, pulling in $65 million over the past 12 months.  Oddly, it's the same amount he made the previous year.  His fortune comes from his ownership in Show Dog Records, the "I Love This Bar & Grill" restaurants . . . plus record sales, touring, and sponsorship deals.

TAYLOR SWIFT was right behind him at #2, earning $64 million.  Her wealth came from touring, record sales, plus sponsorship deals with Diet Coke, Keds and Cover Girl.

KENNY CHESNEY was third at $44 million, which is impressive considering he spent most of the year in the studio.  

Here's the Top 5 . . .

1.  Toby Keith, $65 million

2.  Taylor Swift, $64 million

3.  Kenny Chesney, $44 million

4.  Jason Aldean, $37 million

5.  Luke Bryan, $34 million

(Forbes' list features the top 12 earners, or in their words, "Country Cash Kings."  You can read the details about each one in an annoying slideshow format, here.)

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