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Garth Brooks Named Country Music’s Top Moneymaker for 2015

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Garth Brooks earned more money than anyone else in country music this year, and it wasn’t even close. Forbes has released its list of the top moneymakers in the music business, and Brooks checks in at No. 3 overall.

His world tour accounts for most of the $90 million he earned in 2015. The magazine says he earns $1 million at every tour stop, but that’s only a small percentage of what One Direction and Katy Perry make. The two pop artists check in at No. 2 ($130 million) and No. 1 ($135 million) respectively.

Taylor Swift is at No. 4 with $80 million earned in 2015, and from there it’s a long fall to a name country fans appreciate. Toby Keith made $53 million last year, good enough for No. 16. Also making the Top 30 are Jason Aldean (No. 19 at $43.5 million), Luke Bryan (No. 20 at $42.5 million), Kenny Chesney (No. 21 at $42 million), Tim McGraw (No. 24 at $38 million) and Florida Georgia Line (No. 27 at $36.5 million).

Miranda Lambert is country’s top female earner, making $28.5 million in 2015, according to Forbes. She’s third overall in females, behind only Swift and Perry. Other musicians inside the Top 10 include the Eagles, DJ Calvin Harris, Justin Timberlake, Diddy, Fleetwood Mac and Lady Gaga.

Brooks’ world tour will resume in January, with two dates in Sunrise, Fla. before he begins a two month-long tour of the east coast, hitting Baltimore, North Charleston, S.C. and Raleigh, N.C. This summer he’ll return to Las Vegas with five shows scheduled for June and July.

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