Country's Top Money-Maker Is Garth Brooks

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Garth Brooks In Concert - New York, New York

Garth Brooks is the runner-up on Billboard's list of 2018's 50 Highest-Paid Musicians. He's hauled in approximately $52.2 million so far this year, which is bettered only by U2 who earned $54.4 million.

Eight other country acts are on the list, including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

The ranking is based on record sales, streaming, music publishing and touring revenue -- the last of which makes up the majority of artists income these days.

Here's how country artists stacked up:

 2. Garth Brooks - $52.2 million

15. Luke Bryan - $21 million

16. Florida Georgia Line - $20.9 million

19. Eric Church - $19.4 million

21. Chris Stapleton - $17.9 million

32. Tim McGraw - $13.475 million

34. Zac Brown Band - $13.1 million

36. Faith Hill - $12.5 million

45. Sam Hunt - $10.7 million

 Garth Brooks was at number-18 on last year's list.

The list doesn't include side businesses. 

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