Many experts considered that country music genre is taking over the music world due to young audiences are feeling more attracted to it thanks to its lighthearted lyrics and pleasant tunes. Besides, not many people know that country music is also a very lucrative industry, so, this genre it’s more than ripped jeans, gravel roads, and broken hearts. In fact, these country singers are a living proof that a lot of money can be made by producing country songs hits.
Charley Pride – $3 Million
Charley Pride is one of only three African American country singers who has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He was RCA’s best-selling artist since Elvis Presley. Through his entire career, he had 52 hits which reached the top 10 of Billboard Country charts.
Willie Nelson – $15 Million
Willie Nelson is recognized as the Godfather of country music. But his fame is not only for being a country singer but he’s also an actor, activist, poet, and producer. Through his long career, Willie has released many hit songs, received a lot of awards and even has been a guest on the songs of other country artists.
Lee Ann Womack – $20 Million
Lee Ann was signed in 1996 after she released her first record. But it was her second album, “I Hope You Dance,” that catapulted her into fame. Since then, she has sold millions of copies.
Ricky Skaggs – $20 Million
Ricky started playing the mandolin when he was 5 years old. By age of 7, he made an appearance on Martha White’s country music show playing with Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt. On his successful solo career, Ricky achieved 12 number one hits, 8 ACM awards, and 8 CMA awards.
Kenny Chesney – $56 Million
Kenny is a multitalented man who knows how to act as a normal person even after reaching big fame and such net worth of $56 million. Besides of his chart-topping songs and albums, he is a very active person for various charities, like the V Foundation, which helps to find a cure for cancer.
Blake Shelton – $60 Million
Blake is known better for being one of the judges on the Voice and for his relationship with Gwen Stefani more than for his music. But there is no doubt he has the talent for the country music. In 2016, he released his single “Came Here to Forget” which sold very well.
Loretta Lynn – $60 Million
Loretta is one of the founding mothers of country music. This singer and songwriter has made most of her fortune thanks to her hit albums, impressive stage performances, and an autobiography. There is no doubt that Loretta is an icon of the country music and an example to follow for the many artists today.
Reba McEntire – $65 million
Reba is considered one of country music’s most influential performers and even inspired other country artists like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and Taylor Swift. She has released a total of 29 albums, starred in her own TV show “Reba,” and founded the record label, Starstruck Entertainment.
Tim McGraw – $85 Million
Tim became a country legend after releasing multiple hit albums. But his breakthrough was when he released his album “Emotional Traffic” in 2010 with a very successful tour and the release of his own cologne.
Buck Owens – $100 Million
Buck Owens is best remembered for being the creator of what some call the “Bakersfield sound.” Besides, he put California on the country music scope after being completely ignored. Also, Buck was a restaurant owner and a TV host. Sadly, he passed away on March 25, 2006.
Johnny Cash – $120 Million
Johnny Cash is considered to be one of the most influential music artists of the 20th century. He with his backing band, The Tennessee Three, sold over 90 million records, an impressive number that not many people can say. However, “The Man in Black,” crossed over other genres such as blues, folk, rock and roll, and gospel.
Bob Dylan – $180 Million
Bob Dylan is one of the most influential musicians in the USA for more than 50 years. He has received so many awards; 11 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, an Academy Awards, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and even a Nobel Prize in Literature. Besides, Dylan has sold over 100 million records during his successful career.
Kenny Rogers – $250 Million
Kenny is without discussion one of the famous country singers in history. After signing with his band First Addition for a decade, he decided to go solo in 1976. He is a man of many talents which includes singing (of course), producing, songwriting, photographing, acting, and even owning a business.
Taylor Swift – $250 Million
Taylor entered into the world of country music when was very young. Although she started in the country genre, she has switched to different genres like pop and R&B as she has also teamed up with rappers on some of her songs.
Elvis Presley – $300 Million
Elvis may have started the rock roll revolution of the late 1950s and 60s but he also crossed in the country music genre. Even to this date, Elvis’ music continues to influence so many artists from different genres.
George Strait – $300 Million
George Strait is often referred as “the King of Country.” He considered as one of the most popular artists of all time and credited for bringing country music back to its roots in the 1980s. But being a country singer is not his only talent; George actually can be an actor and music producer.
Shania Twain – $350 Million
Shania has been an icon of the country gene in the music industry for almost 25 years and has sold over 85 million albums. In fact, she is the best-selling female artist in country music history.
Dolly Parton – $500 Million
Dolly was the person who broke down the walls for women in the country music industry during a time when it was dominated only by male artists. This charismatic artist has won many awards and has been inducted into all of the halls of fame that exist for country music singers. A well-deserved recognition for someone for her many contributions to country music and the music industry in general.
Getting Bumped By a Stranger Usually Means Being Pickpocketed….. But Not In This Story!
If you get bumped by a stranger in public, it usually means you were pickpocketed. The rude distraction is an age-old technique to distract the victim from paying attention to their valuables. While everyone is recovering from the “accidental” impact, the thief is intentionally using the split second to pull a wallet or valuable from the victim without him or her knowing it. Once the thief is away, the job is done and the valuables are stolen. It’s a common problem in big cities and tourist spots.
However, for one California lady, getting bumped may have been the best thing that ever happened to her. While she was busy working on a lottery machine at a grocery store in Tarzana, she focused on spending her $40 dollars on lottery scratchers. Normally, LaQuedra Edwards buys a number of smaller value tickets with one purchase, hoping to increase her odds with more scratchers than just one big one. However, when she was bumped, it caused her to put her hand forward and hit the $30 scratcher option. Money spent, the accident committed Edwards to the higher value ticket. Upset at first, Edwards turned to see who bumped her, but the fellow was out the door without even apologizing.
Figuring there wasn’t much she could do about the situation, and the person was gone, Edwards re-focused on her tickets. Now she had a $30 single scratcher and $10 left for other tickets. She finished her purchase and then pulled her tickets out of the machine. Going through them, she realized one of them was a winner. It was the accidental $30 ticket. However, what Edwards one was a far better return on investment. She had just scored a $10 million winning ticket.
At first, she got on the highway and drove home. The whole time, Edwards kept looking back at the ticket and confirming in her mind that her life had just dramatically changed. It didn’t feel real. But, sure enough, the ticket was indeed a winner. Even the grocery store got a share of the winnings. $50,000 went to the store for hosting the machine. Unfortunately, it was a chain store, so the bonus simply went into a corporate bank account instead of a small business owner’s business. However, that’s how the system works for retailers.
For LaQuedra Edwards, however, her share is going into a home purchase and helping out start a non-profit organization to help her community. Both moves make a whole lot of sense as well as have long-term benefits.
Father Decides to Set Up Cameras After His Daughter Wakes Up With Strange Marks
What happened inside the house of an Ohio couple couldn’t have been predicted. Troublesome commotions could be heard in the wee hours while everyone slept. No one thought much of it until something strange occurred.
Darren’s suspicions were initially directed at his fiancé, who suspected of playing a practical joke on him. They staged a camera to sort things out after she denied it ultimately. The unsettling footage, on the other hand, would rock their world.
Father Takes Action After Daughter was Expelled for Appearance
Enough Is Enough
This father’s jaws fell open as he listened to the scathing remarks from his daughter’s school administrator, stating the reason for his daughter being booted from a prom event. He was at boiling point and had enough.
He thought enough was enough after only a few seconds and was ready to address the situation head-on.
40 Unforgivable Movie Bloopers
With that goes with making a movie, especially one for the big cinema screen, it’s not surprising when mistakes occur or edits are need. That’s what the editing room is for to go through the draft film and tighten up all the problems or loose spots in the film as well as to get it within the acceptable viewing time allowed. However, once in a while even the best of movies, including Oscar-winning films, have bloopers in them that just can’t be forgiven. They are such clear violations of quality film-making, people wonder how the blooper got through to the public viewing, and yet it does anyways. Here are 25 examples of film bloopers that never should have been allowed or the detail missed, but in the fictional world of movies they occur regardless.
Homeless Man Who Helped a Woman Turned Out to be a Hoax
The story of the homeless man who helped out a woman needing gas for her car by donating his few dollars went viral on the Internet and had hundreds of people wanting to reach out and help. They did so through a GoFundMe site that ended up generating a sizable amount of charity and gifts. For those who gave money, it made them feel better instantly. There was only one problem. The story was made up. The man was not homeless, and the woman had never run out of gas.
Instead, the two were involved in an online scam that ended up defrauding folks out of approximately $400,000 in online money gifts. It was not only enough to trigger a serious crime, the pair got themselves charged with a federal conspiracy case and ultimately pled guilty in a New Jersey federal court. Johnny Bobbitt and Katelyn McClure both separately admitted their crime of wire fraud. Given their involvement and degree of actions, Bobbitt is looking at a potential 10 years in federal prison and $250,000 in fines. McClure for her part faces a bigger sentence of 20 years and a similar financial penalty. Both will find out for sure when they are sentenced. In addition to the federal charges, the pair also have a second round of trials to go through with state charges as well. It was a blunt, cold ending to a story and scam that started in 2017 and took off like wildfire, far better than Hobbitt and McClure thought it would.
The story was plausible and reasonable enough. A couple told their story online about how they wanted to help a homeless man who helped them. McClure and her partner posted that Bobbitt realized McClure was in trouble, stuck in Philadelphia without gas. She needed to get home, and Bobbitt, who was nearby, realized the problem. He then gave her his only $20 to buy gas so she could travel again. To show their gratitude, McClure and her boyfriend were trying to raise $10,000 to help Bobbitt out as a thank you. The story took off.
Unfortunately, the media got involved. Loving a story out of the norm with a good newsworthy ending, they showcased the story on TV, and it got big attention. All of a sudden, what was supposed to be a little scam turned into a big one, raising some $402,706 with the added attention in a short three weeks. While Bobbitt did get $25,000 set aside by McClure and her partner, the rest of it was burned like kerosene on fire via clothing, trips, a car, vacations, gambling and more. However, Bobbitt didn’t appreciate the small share, and sued the pair for more, arguing he should have gotten $75,000 at least. GoFundMe got involved by trying to avoid bad press and making sure Bobbitt, the alleged homeless person, got his fair shake.
All of the financial attention caught the eye of the Feds who started investigating McClure. They seized well over 60,000 digital messages between the couple, which included admissions that the whole story was made up – a smoking gun text in the fraud conspiracy. Interestingly, McClure’s partner, although he enjoyed the spending of the money with McClure, was not charged or seen as involved in the conspiracy. The Feds went after McClure and the alleged homeless partner, Bobbitt, for the fraud. And GoFundMe yet again found itself in the middle of a crazy criminal scheme gone public and bad, stealing money from people who wanted to help others online. It turned out to be an odd, miserable ending to what many had hoped would have been a story of human charity done right.
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