12 Popular Country Stars: How Much Are They Worth?
The country music industry has evolved and transformed and in recent years has become much more mainstream, increasing the genre, and the singer’s fanbases. Thanks to this, country awards show and the stars who attend have become huge in the entertainment industry, and some have become massive celebrities. With hit singles, platinum selling albums, endorsements and, of course massive tours, it is safe to say today’s country stars are pulling in more money than ever, leaving them all with a respectable amount in their bank account, and it just keeps coming in. Check out how much 12 of today’s most popular country stars are worth!
12. Thomas Rhett
Estimated Net Worth: $5 Million. Thomas Rhett Akins, Jr. got his career started with good genetics as the son of singer-songwriter Rhett Atkins, and started off as writing hits for other stars, earning him his own recording contract with Big Machine Records in 2011. It has only been three years since he released his debut single “Something to Do with My Hands” and he hasn’t looked back since, hitting a number one song of his debut album with “Get Me Some of That.” Along with his co-writing credits on hits like “Parking Lot Party” by Lee Brice and “Round Here” by Florida Georgia Line, as well as his own successful singles, Rhett is already sitting on an estimated $5 million, and his career is just taking off.
11. Eric Church
Estimated Net Worth: $10 Million. Kenneth Eric Church, known as Eric Church, moved to Nashville in the mid-2000s after a broken engagement and, although he struggled initially in the industry, he has done very well since hitting it big. He also began by co-writing songs for big names like Terri Clark, but it took a few years before Capitol Nashville was convinced to sign him, which was a good choice. Church has had numerous top ten hits, as well as several #1 hits with five studio albums, two of which where #1 on the country charts. He has also gone on numerous tours with other big name acts and collected several awards along the way, earning him a very respectable $10 million.
10. Lady Antebellum
Estimated Net Worth: $20 Million. It seems every song Lady Antebellum puts out as a hit and individually each of the band member are worth upwards of $10 million, and as a group they are worth an estimated $20 million. The group first formed in 2006 and made their debut in 2007, and have been dominating country airwaves ever since. They have released five albums with the first three already certified platinum and have had nine number one hits and have won non stop awards as a result including Vocal Group of the Year at the 2009 CMA’s, ending Rascal Flatts’ six year run winning the award. In 2010, they then became the first artist to win Single of the Year in two consecutive years at the CMA’s. Clearly they are no strangers to success and, having just completed a huge Wheels Up tour, there is no doubt their total worth now is bound to be a bit more by the end of the year.
9. Miranda Lambert
Estimated Net Worth: $45 Million. While $45 million is nothing to scoff at, it really is surprising that Miranda Lambert’s net worth isn’t more given her massive popularity in the country industry. Lambert first got noticed when she was a finalist on Nashville Star in 2003, which led her to signing with Epic Records. Her very first album Kerosene went platinum and started her road to arguably the most popular female country artist on the radio today. Aside from her solo career, she has done well with her girl group, Pistol Annies, only adding to her bank account.
8. Florida Georgia Line
Estimated Net Worth: $50 Million. Some country music fans criticize Florida Georgia Line for being more pop-rock than country, but regardless, they continue to churn out hits and earn a lot of money in the process as country music stars. Their first studio album, “Here’s to the Good Times” was the sixth best-selling album of all genres of all 2013, and the first single “Cruise” not only reached number one on the charts and went 8x platinum. It also is the best-selling country digital song of all-time and has the longest reign in history on the Hot Country Songs chart after spending 24 weeks at the top spot. With so much success off one song alone, not to mention their other singles, albums and tours, it is not surprising that after only five years since their debut the duo is already worth $50 million.
7. Jason Aldean
Estimated Net Worth: $60 Million. Jason Aldine Williams, known as Jason Aldea, has been a frontrunner on the country music scene since signing to Broken Bow Records in 2005. Since then Aldean has had six albums and 24 singles, with five albums that have gone at least certified single-platinum. Over the years he has headlined six of his own tours and was a supporting act on five more, and is also a co-owner of the famous Buck Commander hunting company along with Luke Bryan and Willie Robertson among others. In 2014 Aldean was only one of three artists, along with Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande, to receive platinum certifications for their album, only adding to his incredible net worth of $60 million.
6. Blake Shelton
Estimated Net Worth: $60 Million. Blake Shelton is one of country music’s biggest stars and along with padding his wallet by becoming a coach on NBC’s The Voice, he has also transcended into full-on Hollywood celebrity. Shelton moved to Nashville when he was only 17 years old to pursue music and began with a job at a music publishing company before being signed to Giant Records in 2001. Over the course of his career, Shelton has charted 24 singles, 15 of which made it to number one, and also earns paydays as a co-writer for songs for other country stars. On top of it all, Shelton earns roughly $4 million per season of The Voice, amassing himself an estimated net worth of $60 million.
5. Brad Paisley
Estimated Net Worth: $65 Million. Brad Paisley made his debut in 1999 with his album Who Needs Pictures and has released an astounding 10 studio albums with 32 top 10 singles and 19 number one hits. He has written songs for movies, such as Cars, and has won three Grammy awards as well as 14 ACM awards and 14 CMA awards. His popularity has earned him 13 headlining tours, as well as several others as a supporting act. His endless success has paid off very well with a net worth of $65 million.
4. Luke Bryan
Estimated Net Worth: $70 Million. Thomas Luther Bryan adopted the stage name Luke Bryan and is now one of the most recognized country artists in the entertainment industry and has the net worth to show for it. Bryan also started out by writing song for singers like Travis Tritt and Billy Currington and was signed to Captiol Nashville records in 2007, launching his solo music career. He has enjoyed massive success with five albums and 14 number one hits, and has been honored twice with the Entertainer of the Year award. He has sold out four tours and recently concluded his first international tour as his country music has now grown with international fanbases and earned Bryan a whopping $70 million.
3. Carrie Underwood
Estimated Net Worth: $75 Million. For years it has been a battle between Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert as the Queen of country music, and it all started for Underwood after winning season four of American Idol in 2005. Her debut album Some Hearts went on to become the fastest selling debut country album in Nielsen Soundscan history, and the album was also the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history and best-selling country album of the last decade. The number of achievements she has reached and records she has broken are too many to list and her most recent album Storyteller made her the only country artist of have all first five studio albums debut at either number one or two on the Billboard 200 chart. On top of the money from her musical career, she has signed huge deals with many major brands for endorsements and has already earned $75 million with only more to come.
2. Tim McGraw
Estimated Net Worth: $85 Million. Tim McGraw is one of the longest running country stars on this list, as he is still turning out radio hits since drawing the attention of Curb Records in 1990. In 1994, he had his breakthrough into the industry with his album, “Not a Moment Too Soon,” which became the top country album of the year. He has had 65 singles off of thirteen studio albums, 25 of which had made it to the top spot on country music charts. Over the course of his career, he has earned several awards, and headlined quite a few tours while his Soul2Soul II tour with wife Faith Hill remains the highest grossing tour in country music history. While he has earned more than enough with revenue from his music, McGraw only added to his net worth by branching into acting with roles in films such as The Blind Side, Friday Night Lights, Country Strong and Flicka, which have all added up to an astounding $85 million.
1. Rascal Flatts
Estimated Net Worth: $150 Million. Rascal Flatts got their start in the early 2000s with Lyric Street Records, releasing seven albums, all of when went certified platinum or higher. All together, they have released ten studio albums with 25 singles and 12 number one hits and have garnered a huge fanbase, making them one of the best selling touring country artists. Between the years of 2004 and 2012 the group sold over 7 million tickets making them one of the top selling country music acts of the time and in 2007 alone they had the third-highest country tour in the U.S. They have earned numerous awards over the years and have extended their fame to films and television providing music to several soundtracks and have appeared on both shows and commercials. Their relentless hard work and music making has treated them very well as they land the top spot on the list with an estimated net worth of $150 million.