As of 2014, successful country singers include Toby Keith, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, according to Forbes. Keith is considered the highest-earning country singer with $65 million earned in 2014. Keith has released 16 studio albums and sold more than 40 million records worldwide.
During his career, Keith has also released three compilation albums, two Christmas albums and charted more than 40 singles on the Billboard hot country songs charts. Swift sits directly behind Keith at $64 million earned in 2014. Swift initially established herself as a country music star with her debut album in 2006. At only 24 years old, Taylor has boosted her country music star power with consistent touring and with lucrative endorsements from CoverGirl, Diet Coke and Keds.
Chesney earned $44 million in 2014 and sits in the number three spot as one of the highest-earning country singers. He has released 15 albums and sold more than 30 million records worldwide. Chesney has also produced over 30 singles that have ranked on the top 10 U.S. Billboard hot country songs. Aldean rests at number four with $37 million earned in 2014, while Bryan rounds out the top five with $34 million earned in 2014.