Toby Keith Rake$ it in! Edges out Taylor Swift as highest paid country star 2 years running.

Keith's abilities as both an entertainer and a business owner make him the highest paid country music star in the world (Photo: courtesy of musicrow.com)

Keith’s abilities as both an entertainer and a business owner make him the highest paid country music star in the world (Photo: courtesy of musicrow.com)

Toby Keith reigns as the king of country for the second year in a row according to Forbes. For two years straight, Keith has topped the financial magazine’s annual list as the highest paid superstar in country music, raking in an astounding $65 million this year alone. Even more impressive is the fact that the crooner has earned an estimated $335 over the past six years. Nice!

Keith’s success isn’t tied solely to his skills as a musician, however, as his entrepreneurial side has greatly impacted his estimated wealth. Not only does the “Big Dog” own his own record label (Show Dog-Universal), but he has also enjoyed both a longtime partnership with auto-industry giant Ford and a successful run in the food/beverage industry. Keith owns a successful chain of restaurants, appropriately named I Love This Bar and Grill, along with Wild Shot Mezcal, his own line of premium alcohol. The moral of the story? Do what you know.

Running an extremely close second to Keith was the ever-popular Taylor Swift with a paltry $64 million. Aww… poor thing. Rounding out the top five were Kenny Chesney ($44M), Jason Aldean ($37M), and Luke Bryan ($34M). You can check out the full article here.

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ACM Awards Royalty: George Strait and Miranda Lambert

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Country fans everywhere tuned in to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards. It was a night full of accolades and performances, hosted by country artists Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton. Two stars shined extremely bright at the MGM Grand Garden Arena: George Strait and Miranda Lambert.

King of Country George Strait was crowned Entertainer of the Year for the second time in his career. He received standing ovations for his win and his performance of his hit song “I Got a Car.” Miranda Lambert was the big winner of the night. She took home the award for Female Vocalist of the Year for the fifth time in a row. She now holds the record for most consecutive wins in that category surpassing Reba McEntire. “Mama’s Broken Heart” won her Single Record of the Year. She also shared the win for Vocal Event of the Year with Keith Urban who also won three awards, including Video of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift.

Aside from their individual glory the two took the stage for a tribute performance to Merle Haggard who was honored with the Crystal Milestone Award. Merle celebrated his 77th birthday yesterday. Presenter Garth Brooks encouraged the audience to sing “Happy Birthday” as he went up to receive his award.

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Swift Money: Taylor Swift tops Billboards Money Makers list for 2014

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Taylor Swift captures top spot on Billboard’s 2014 Money Makers list

Billboard has announced their annual Money Makers list and this year Taylor Swift took it to the bank with a $39 million outing. No surprise there with the meteoric success of her newest studio album, “Red,” and the fact that she earned an estimated $30M for six months worth of touring. Check out who took the other top spots.

10. Fleetwood Mac — The classic rock band pulled in an estimated $19 million with the release of their first new content in over ten years and a tour which earned the group a whopping $17M over just 34 shows.

9. Pink — With an album (“The Truth About Love”) which helped the singer earn over 8M digital downloads and an international tour that raked in more than $15M in the US leg alone, Pink is sitting pretty in 2014 with a $20 million price tag.

8. Luke Bryan — $22 million is certainly nothing to sneeze at! With more than 2.7M album sales, 7.6M digital downloads, a tour that brought in over $15M, and winning the 2013 CMA Entertainer of the Year award, Bryan had a banner year.

7. Maroon 5 — Last year’s impressive comeback by the L.A.-based alternative band with multiple sold-out live performances was impressive enough. Earning $22 million, having four singles make it into the top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and selling more than 7M digital downloads makes it pretty damn amazing.

6. Beyonce — Yeah, like anyone didn’t think she would make the list. With the release of a  surprise self-titled album which has sold more than 1.3M copies since December and a lengthy world tour that alone has earned the singer an estimated $19M, it’s no shock that Queen Bey is in the top ten. A strong outing at $24 million.

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