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Toby Keith seems to be one of the most business-savvy men in country music – according to the Forbes Annual 100 Most Powerful Celebrities issue.  Toby graces the cover of the magazine, which includes an entire spread on Toby’s estimated $65 million earnings this past year.  Besides owning his own label and restaurant chain, Toby has written a #1 country hit every year for the past two decades.  Toby ranks #43 on the list.  Taylor Swift landed at #6.  Carrie Underwood came in at #46 and Kenny Chesney ranked #47.



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When Dierks Bentley and his wife found out they were having a boy…the first person he told was Luke Bryan!



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Hunter Hayes is sitting at the top of the Billboard country albums chart for the first time ever - this week with his new album, Encore.  It features eight new or re-recorded songs in addition to collaborations with Jason Mraz and Ashley Monroe.  Hunter’s first headlining tour kicks off in October…with an Atlanta stop on October 17th.



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Jake Owen has proven that connecting with music on a personal level can result in a lot of success…to the tune of four consecutive #1 hits!  Jake says he won't record a song unless he feels a personal connection to it.