The veteran's comeback tour has helped Brooks come in at number one on the annual list, raking in an estimated $90 million (£56.2 million) over the past year. The feat also marks the largest sum for a country music act ever recorded by the money magazine.

After taking a 13-year break from touring, Brooks returned to the stage in 2014, playing sold out arenas all over the U.S. and selling more than 2.5 million tickets for his much-anticipated gigs.

Brooks' impressive salary breaks Toby Keith's two-year streak on the list, as the Red Solo Cup hitmaker slips to second place, after earning $53 million (£33.1 million) over the past year.

Jason Aldean comes in at number three with an estimated $43.5 million (£27.2 million), while Luke Bryan's $42.5 million (£26.6 million) earnings and Kenny Chesney's $42 million (£26.3 million) haul round out the new top five.

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