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John Rich turns clothing designer for Redneck Riviera line

March 20th, 2014 4:10am EDT
John Rich
Country star John Rich has become the latest celebrity to add fashion designer to his resume by launching his own Redneck Riviera apparel line.

The Shuttin' Detroit Down hitmaker reveals the project has been a few years in the making after realising no one had capitalised on the Redneck Riviera name, which is used by locals to describe the Gulf Coast.

He tells Billboard.com, "I started putting together a team of people from manufacturers to developers to people in the apparel world, and started developing out this line.

"It was a slow process - and I wanted it to be. Redneck Riviera is n...
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Toby Keith's daughter to open tour dates

March 14th, 2014 4:10am EDT
Toby Keith
Country singer Toby Keith's daughter Krystal is joining her famous father on his upcoming tour as an opening act.

The Beer For My Horses hitmaker is making his Shut Up and Hold On tour a family affair when it kicks off in May (14) after enlisting his 28-year-old daughter to serve as a supporting act.

Krystal's first full length album, Whiskey & Lace, was released last year (13) and she's eager to prove that she can make a name for herself, even without the help of her superstar father.

She tells country music site The Boot, "I have been singing since I was little bitty (small), and then ...
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Virginians At Odds With Gun Ban At Toby Keith’s Restaurant

December 29th, 2013 6:03pm EST
Toby Keith
Not everyone is happy that country star Toby Keith is banning guns from his new restaurant.

The superstar opened a new location of his I Love this Bar & Grill restaurant chain in North Virginia. A sign on the front door proclaims, “No Guns Permitted,” according to FOX 5.

Following an outcry on the restaurant's Facebook page, the staff wrote, “While we understand and respect every person's right to own and bear arms, we at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill, with guidance from the State of Virginia and based on insurance regulations, have adopted a no weapons policy. It is our desire t...
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Toby Keith realises decade-long dream to open cancer retreat

November 27th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Toby Keith
Country star Toby Keith has opened his new charity lodge for young cancer sufferers after spending 10 years raising funds for the hostel.

The Beer For My Horses singer has spent the past decade working on the OK Kids Corral project in his native Oklahoma - and the medical retreat opened last week (ends22Nov13).

Keith tells WENN, "It's a 16-room lodge for cancer kids, where they can stay with their families while they're in Oklahoma City getting top cancer treatment. They don't have to be commuting back and forth."
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Toby Keith lends voice to hometown NBA team's post-tornado documentary

November 21st, 2013 8:30pm EST
Toby Keith
Country star Toby Keith has narrated a new documentary which chronicles the players and coaches of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team as they help citizens of his hometown deal with the aftermath of a devastating tornado.

The American Soldier hitmaker has added his voice to OKC Thunder: Heart of the City, which will air on TV in America on Friday night (22Nov13).

Keith's hometown of Moore, Oklahoma was ravaged by the storm earlier this year (May13), and he helped raise $2 million (£1.3 million) for the victims during a charity concert in July (13), which featured performances by Ga...
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Madonna named highest-paid musician by Forbes

November 20th, 2013 2:20am EST
Madonna
Madonna has topped Forbes' list of highest-paid musicians.
The 55-year-old singer is still the queen of pop according to the magazine, earning $125 million from June 2012 to May 2013 thanks to her sell-out 'MDMA Tour', miles ahead of her nearest rival Lady Gaga, who raked in $80 million.
Rockers Bon Jovi and country singer Toby Keith were next, with Coldplay coming in fifth place.
Despite lackluster sales of her latest album, Madonna made her fortune from fans paying $100 a ticket to see her tour - which grossed $305 million - as well as from merchandise sales, a clothing line, fragrance an...
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Hank Williams, Jr. to receive Patriot Award for military support

November 12th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Toby Keith
Country star Hank Williams, Jr. will ring in 2014 as a winner - he will be honoured for his support of the U.S. military during his New Year's Eve (31Dec13) concert in Nashville, Tennessee.

The singer, who has performed at various military bases over the years, will receive the Patriot Award from officials at the non-profit Operation Troop Aid (OTA) organisation as he headlines the Bash on Broadway show next month (Dec13).

OTA founder and executive director Mark Woods says, "I am extremely honoured to award Hank Williams, Jr. the 2013 Patriot Award. His art, legacy of family and Spirit of...
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Toby Keith had to turn stars away from summer tornado benefit

November 11th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Toby Keith
Country music superstar Toby Keith had to reject 20 stars' offers to take part in his summer (13) tornado relief concert in his native Oklahoma, after becoming inundated with requests from so many big-name volunteers eager to do their part for charity.

The singer/songwriter's celebrity-studded July benefit, which featured Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Ronnie Dunn and Sammy Hagar, helped raise $2 million (£1.3 million) for Oklahoma tornado victims.

And the big gig at Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Oklahoma was such a hit, he's convinced he could have so...
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Toby Keith's son-in-law was Oklahoma storm hero

November 5th, 2013 3:10am EST
Toby Keith
Country star Toby Keith's son-in-law was a hero of the 2013 Oklahoma storms - but he almost lost his life while trying to save others.

Calling his daughter's husband "a complete knucklehead", the singer/songwriter reveals his son-in-law was out helping others in Oklahoma City when he should have been inside, safe from the tornado.

Keith tells WENN, "He ran right out five minutes after the tornado. He saw there was a need for people being there and he knew that the emergency services and first responders were not gonna be able to get everywhere at once.

"He knew the schoolhouse was right ...
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Garth Brooks Makes Special Trip To Oklahoma For Toby Keith's Benefit Concert

July 8th, 2013 7:41pm EDT
Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks was a busy man Saturday, jetting from Las Vegas to Norman, Oklahoma, with wife Trisha Yearwood to play at pal Toby Keith's benefit concert for victims of the tornadoes that ravaged the area in May.

Both singers made appearances during Keith's fundraiser at the University of Oklahoma's Memorial Stadium, where over 60,000 fans gathered for a day of country music from the likes of the three stars along with Willie Nelson, Ronnie Dunn and... Sammy Hagar.

Tickets for the show were all $25 and all the proceeds went to the Tornadoes Relief Fund at United Way of Central Oklahoma.

Br...
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Toby Keith's Twister Benefit Concert Marred By Heat Wave

July 7th, 2013 12:45pm EDT
Toby Keith
Nearly 1,300 revellers were treated for heat-related problems at Toby Keith's Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert on Saturday.

The singer organized the benefit gig at the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma and took to the stage alongside fellow country greats Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Willie Nelson in front of a 60,000-strong crowd.

However, scores of concert-goers were forced to seek medical attention after falling ill in the extreme heat with 170 people requiring further treatment and 21 taken to local hospitals, according to Norman Regional Health System spokeswoman Kell...
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Toby Keith thanks weatherman pal for saving lives amid storms

July 6th, 2013 3:21pm EDT
Toby Keith
Country music star Toby Keith returned to the rubble of his home town with a local Oklahoma TV crew earlier this week (beg01Jul13) to pay tribute to a beloved weatherman who kept him up to date with the May (13) storms.

The Beer For My Horses singer was in Oklahoma the night before the tornadoes hit and had to watch the destruction of the 20 May (13) storm on an iPad app in a Nashville, Tennessee studio.

He quickly halted his recording plans and headed home to make sure his family and friends in Moore were OK - and he returned to the town with meteorologist pal Gary England this week as h...
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Carrie Underwood joins fellow Oklahoman Toby Keith's tornado relief benefit

June 26th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Carrie Underwood
Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood has signed on for Toby Keith's upcoming tornado relief concert on 6 July (13).

All 80,000 tickets for the benefit in Norman, Oklahoma sold out in less than three hours on Friday (21Jun13), and now those lucky enough to grab a seat will be treated to a set from the former American Idol star, who dedicated her song See You Again to the victims of the May (13) storms in her home state at the 2013 CMT Music Awards on 5 June (13).

Her performance will be aired via satellite from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee during the show, which will also f...
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Toby Keith's Oklahoma storms benefit sells out in less than three hours

June 24th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Toby Keith
Tickets for Toby Keith's upcoming Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert sold out in less than three hours on Friday (21Jun13).

The 6 July (13) gig at the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman will feature performances by Keith, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, Ronnie Dunn and Sammy Hagar.

After learning all 80,000 tickets had been sold, Keith went online and posted: "As of this time, there are no #TKOKrelief tickets avail (available). Once we finalize production, it is possible that there will be addt'l (additional) tix (tickets) released!"

Blake Shelton's televised Healing in the H...
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Toby Keith sets a date for his Oklahoma storms benefit

June 20th, 2013 3:20am EDT
Toby Keith
Toby Keith, Ronnie Dunn and Garth Brooks' Oklahoma Twister Benefit concert will take place on 6 July (13).

The trio will hit the stage at the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium alongside Mel Tillis, Brooks' wife Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson and rocker Sammy Hagar.

The charity gig comes several weeks after Keith's fellow Oklahoma native Blake Shelton staged his Healing in the Heartland concert at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City with his wife Miranda Lambert, Usher, Vince Gill and Reba McEntire.

The televised concert helped raise more than $6 million (£3.9 million) for the recovery e...
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Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Usher, And Others Raise Millions With Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert

May 30th, 2013 2:07pm EDT
Blake Shelton Healing the Heartland
Several music stars gathered at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City to raise millions in charity for those affected by the devastating tornadoes in the state.

Blake Shelton organized the Healing in the Heartland event to air on NBC, where he also appears on The Voice. He started the show with a rendition of "God Gave Me You," and then gave the stage to Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder for musical performances.

Shelton’s wife Miranda Lambert focused on the displaced animals affected by the storms. She held back tears as she sang The House Th...
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Toby Keith's Sister's Home Was Struck By Tornado In Moore, Oklahoma

May 21st, 2013 7:16pm EDT
Tobey Keith
When a deadly tornado touched down in Tobey Keith's hometown of Moore, Oklaohoma, on Monday, the singer's mother and sister were among those who had to run for cover.

An enormous twister struck the town yersterday afternoon, killing dozens of people and leaving behind a wide path of destruction, including the leveling of two elementary schools.

Keith grew up in the area and escaped the storm by flying to Nashville, Tennessee, just hours before the storm struck.

He told CNN.com:  "I left today and I knew when we flew out of there (a storm was brewing). I could see it building back in the ...
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Stagecoach Country Music Festival 2013 - Are You Ready?

April 25th, 2013 10:30am EDT
Fans Stagecoach Country Music Festival
Hey y’all! It’s time to grab your cowboy boots, straw hat and jean shorts and head out to the desert with your music loving friends. The country folk are taking over the Coachella Valley for the 7th annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, CA this weekend, April 26th -28th.

Starpulse will be there to cover all the bands, including Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr., Trace Adkins, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Rodney Atkins, Dwight Yoakam, Phil Vassar, Jana Kramer, Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Thompson Square, Lonestar and Tanya Tucker. Not only will we be there to cover the amazi...
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CMA Awards Highlights: Miranda Lambert's Emotional Acceptance Speech, Blake Shelton's Big Wins, Fashion & More!

November 2nd, 2012 8:48am EDT
Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton
Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton were the toast of the town last night after winning a total of four trophies, including a joint award for "Song of the Year," at the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee.

The married singers shared the prize for their powerful duet "Over You," and Lambert had to contain her emotion while they accepted the award. Shelton told the crowd, "I lost my brother in a car wreck when I was 14 years old, and later in life when I decided I wanted to be a country singer, my dad always told me, 'Son, you should write a song about your brother.' I los...
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Toby Keith Turns Down 'American Idol'

July 31st, 2012 8:56am EDT
Toby Keith
Who will join Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson on the "American Idol" judging panel? Not country star Toby Keith. Keith's publicist has confirmed reports he was asked to work on the new season of the singing competition but didn't accept.

Keith was offered to fill the slot recently vacated by Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler, but he turned producers down. The country's star rep told CountryWeekly.com that Keith was "flattered" by the invitation but didn't feel it was the right fit.

But "Idol" execs have been considering other big names in the music business, including country star Brad Paisley...
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CMT Awards Winners & Fashion: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert & More!

June 7th, 2012 8:38am EDT
Carrie Underwood
On Wednesday night, Carrie Underwood dominated the CMT Music Awards by taking home two trophies - her duet with Brad Paisley "Remind Me" won Collaborative Video Of The Year, and "Good Girl" was named Video Of The Year.

The "American Idol" starlet looked sexy in a short sequined dress with black heels and a matching clutch.

Another "Idol" star, Scotty McCreery, won Breakthrough Video Of The Year for "The Trouble With Girls," while Lady Antebellum took home Group Video Of The Year for "We Owned The Night." Sugarland won Duo Video Of The Year for "I Got You."

Miranda Lambert scooped up Fema...
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Toby Keith Helps Raise $664,000 For Cancer Charity

June 4th, 2012 12:45pm EDT
Toby Keith
Country music singer Toby Keith helped raise $664,000 for a center for child cancer patients in just one weekend.

The star hosted the ninth annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic, a two-day fundraiser last month, and his efforts brought the total fund for the center up to almost $3.7 million.

Organizers are hoping to raise $9.5 million to build the facility in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The 28,000-square-foot building will feature day rooms for metro-area families, as well as overnight suites for families who must travel hundreds of miles from rural Oklahoma towns for their children t...
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Taylor Swift Is Slender & Sultry At The Academy Of Country Music Awards (See Fashion & Winners!)

April 2nd, 2012 8:41am EDT
Taylor Swift
Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson scored two trophies each at Sunday night's Academy Of Country Music Awards.

But Taylor Swift won the coveted Entertainer of the Year prize for the second year in a row. She told the audience, "Thank you so much to the fans who voted for this. I am so happy about this."

The singer looked beautiful and more mature, wearing heavier than usual make-up and a white shift dress with metallic accents.

The main ACM winners were:

Entertainer of the Year - Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the Year - Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year - Miranda...
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Kids' Choice Nominations Announced - Katy Perry, Taylor Swift & More Make The List

February 17th, 2012 9:27am EST
Katy Perry
Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Daniel Radcliffe are among the top nominees for the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

The boy wizard franchise's eighth and final film, "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2," will compete against "The Smurfs," "The Muppets" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" for Favorite Movie, while Radcliffe will face off against Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Jim Carrey (Mr. Popper's Penguins) and Adam Sandler (Jack & Jill).

Radcliffe's Potter co-star Emma Watson is shortlisted for Favorite Movie Actress alongside Kristen Ste...
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Jason Aldean Dominates Second American Country Awards

December 6th, 2011 8:16am EST
Jason Aldean
Singer Jason Aldean has dominated the second ever American Country Awards, taking home six out of eight trophies on Monday night.

The star won all but two of the prizes he was nominated for, including the prestigious Album of the Year and Artist of the Year titles. He also shared the collaborative Single and Music Video of the Year prizes with Kelly Clarkson for their duet Don't You Wanna Stay.

After taking to the stage for a second time, he told the audience, "This is getting a little ridiculous now. I don't know what else to say. It's been a crazy year."

Country sweetheart Carrie Un...
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Coldplay Back At Number One

November 3rd, 2011 4:59pm EDT
Coldplay
Coldplay have scored their third straight number one album in America.

The rockers' new release "Mylo Xyloto" has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 countdown with 447,000 sales.

Kelly Clarkson's new release, "Stronger," also debuts high - at two - with 163,000 sales, and crooner Michael Buble completes an all-new top three with his holiday album, "Christmas."

Last week's number one, "21" by Adele, drops to four and Toby Keith debuts "Clancy's Tavern" at five.

Meanwhile, Tom Waits lands his first top 10 and highest debut on the Billboard 200 with "Bad As Me," which opens at number ...
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Toby Keith Is The Highest-Earning Country Music Star

September 21st, 2011 11:26am EDT
Toby Keith
Toby Keith has been crowned country music's highest earning star by Forbes magazine.

The musician took the top spot in the publication's list of the highest-earning stars in country music by earning an estimated $50 million between May 2010 and May 2011.

Keith's massive earnings are said to have come from his lucrative tour, sponsorship deals and his popular restaurant chain, putting him ahead of singer/songwriter Taylor Swift who came in at number two with estimated earnings of $45 million and Brad Paisley at three ($40 million).

The other artists in the top five are Tim McGraw ($35 ...
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Miranda Lambert Dominates At Academy Of Country Music Awards

April 4th, 2011 8:26am EDT
Miranda Lambert
The 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards belonged to Miranda Lambert after she scooped four trophies at the ceremony in Las Vegas on Sunday.

The country star was crowned Female Vocalist of The Year, while her track The House That Built Me received honors for Song of The Year, Single Record of The Year and Video of The Year.

Brad Paisley took home the Male Vocalist of The Year trophy and trio Lady Antebellum accepted awards for Top Vocal Group and Album of The Year for Need You Know.

Picking up their prize, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley joked, "Thank you, Miranda Lambert, for winnin...
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Watch The Red Carpet Show From The Academy Of Country Music Awards (Live Stream)

April 3rd, 2011 6:05pm EDT
Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton
Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton are all set to host tonight's 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at 8pm; but you can watch the stars arrive on the red carpet prior to the show right here.

Join host Stuart Brazell live from the red carpet beginning at 6:15pm (ET), and get the lowdown on tonight's big show. While you're waiting for the live stream to begin, check out Stuart's sneak-peek behind the scenes at the awards video below. She'll show you where the big stars will be sitting, give a tour of Reba's dressing room and more!

This y...
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Taylor Swift Named BMI Songwriter Of The Year

November 10th, 2010 8:11am EST
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift became the youngest ever winner of the coveted Songwriter of the Year prize at the BMI Country Awards on Tuesday night.

The 20-year-old singer/songwriter was the toast of the awards show, which celebrates the most played songs on radio and television, and took the night's top prize, making her the youngest artist ever to land the coveted trophy. The record was previously held by Bill Anderson, who won the honor in 1960 at the age of 23, and Johnny Cash, who won in 1956 when he was 24 years old.

Swift also scored her third consecutive BMI Country Song of the Year title for h...
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