At $90 million, Garth Brooks tops Forbes big earning country acts

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Garth Brooks Earns Top Spot in Country Touring Revenue.

Country music veteran Garth Brooks on Wednesday topped the annual Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid country acts, raking in an estimated $90m in earnings over the past year.When he returns to the road in Dallas September 17th, the country icon will reveal a revamped stage set-up for his shows with wife Trisha Yearwood. “We have taken a lot of looks at what’s working, got rid of the things that weren’t, and we’re coming out with a brand new look,” Brooks tells Dallas country station 102.3 Blake FM. “We’re going to redesign that whole video world.Garth Brooks tops this year’s Forbes Country Cash Kings: 2015: The Top 15 Earners list with an estimated $90 million in earnings, thanks in large part to his current World Tour. Brooks, 53, who resumed touring last year after 13 years off the road, also notched up the biggest pay day in a single year ever recorded by Forbes for a country music act.

After being named the top-earning country artist of the past year by Forbes, Brooks has taken the cake for country touring revenue so far in 2015, according to Pollstar’s mid-year report. The double Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has been playing arenas across the United States to meet demand after his long hiatus from performing, selling more than 2.5m tickets.

Brooks has sold more than 100,000 tickets to his seven shows at Dallas’ American Airlines Center, breaking his previous Dallas arena record of 50,213 tickets when he played Reunion Arena in 1998. Luke Bryan, who at 39 is also a relative newcomer, earned $42.5m, while Kenny Chesney, 47, rounded out the Top 5 list with $42m thanks mostly to his continuing Big Revival stadium tour and endorsement deals with beer and sunglasses companies, Forbes said. Forbes‘ Country Cash Kings list is compiled using data from Pollstar, Nielsen, industry insiders and artists themselves to estimate income from concert tickets, merchandise, publishing and other business interests. Other country artists on the top 100 list included Kenny Chesney (No. 4 with $55.8 million), Taylor Swift (No. 8 with $35.6 million), Luke Bryan (No. 12 with $25.9 million), Eric Church (No. 15 with $24.4 million), Shania Twain (No. 25 with $17 million), Miranda Lambert (No. 28 with $26 million), Florida Georgia Line (No. 30 with $14.9 million), Jason Aldean (No. 35 with $14.3 million), and Brad Paisley (No. 48 with $10.2 million).

After such a long hiatus, Brooks is in no rush to take a break again. “I can’t have enough places to play,” he says. “If we get through with this American leg and there are some cities out there that we’re going, ‘You know what? The yearlong endeavor lasts through September 2015 and coincides with the release of his latest record, Man Against Machine, which dropped in November. How do you do a tour without these cities?’. . . then I think we extend the American leg or come back and finish it, for sure.” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings.

Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

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