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Toby Keith Tops Forbes List of Top-Paid
Keith tops Forbes magazine's list of country
music's top-paid artists for 2014 with
estimated earnings of $65 million.
Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean
and Luke Bryan also landed in the Top 5 of
Forbes' "Country Cash Kings" list,
but Keith eclipsed them all because of his
numerous endeavors which include a
restaurant chain, his own Wild Shot mescal,
a multimillion-dollar endorsement deal with
Ford and the acts he signs to his Show Dog
"I can put them on that 30-city
tour," Keith said of the business
advantages. "I don't have to look for a
place to play. It's cost-effective as crap.
They're in Toby's house. They're drinking
Toby's liquor. That's Toby's act. And then
we're moving to the next town."
It marks the second consecutive year Keith
has topped the list. His total earnings over
the past year are estimated at $335 million.
Notably, Florida Georgia Line lands at No.
10 on the list with earnings of $24 million
over the past year. It's a significant
achievement for an act that was virtually
unknown prior to the release of their Here's
to the Good Times album in December 2012.
Here's a list of Forbes Top 10 of country
1. Toby Keith ($65 million)
2. Taylor Swift ($64 million)
3. Kenny Chesney ($44 million)
4. Jason Aldean ($37 million)
5. Luke Bryan ($34 million)
6. Zac Brown Band ($29 million)
7. Keith Urban ($28 million)
8. Rascal Flatts ($27 million)
9. George Strait ($26 million)
10: Florida Georgia Line ($24 million)
Keith Urban's Boston-Area Concert
Results in Numerous Alcohol-Related
Urban is such a remarkable entertainer, you
just wouldn't want to miss a second of one
of his shows. But that's exactly what dozens
did during his Saturday (July 26) show at
Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass., near
Associated Press reports that 46 people
attending the show were treated for
alcohol-related sickness. All told, 22 were
transported to area hospitals and more than
50 were taken into protective custody, while
several others were arrested for
alcohol-related issues. More than 18,000
attended the show.
consumption is an ongoing concern at
summertime concerts as pre-show tailgating
remains popular. Recently, a 22-year-old man
disappeared during a Jason Aldean concert in
Cleveland and was later found dead after he
fell five stories down a garbage chute. The
accident has been blamed on alleged
venues, including Pittsburgh's PNC Park, are
placing restrictions on tailgating after
parking lots have been trashed and arrests
made before shows have started.
launches new 'NPR One' mobile app for curating
public radio news
most of the world turning to mobile devices to
listen to music and other audio content, NPR has
rolled out a new "NPR One" app today.
One, which is available on both iOS and Android
devices, doesn't replace the organization's
existing apps for listening to nationally
syndicated programs or catching local public radio
affiliate's stream. It does, however, attempt to
offer a more fluid approach to getting your radio
news via mobile devices.
other linear content, radio at its core is meant
for you to sit back and enjoy without having to do
much work. (This is also the only reason people
still pay for cable TV besides extensive sports
coverage.) That said, NPR One tries to curate a
mix of radio segments and news articles based on
your location and interests.
played with the app for a bit, I've found it to be
definitely easy to use. And it doesn't bombard you
with lots of options. Upon launching the app,
you'll get a short (35 seconds) introduction that
walks you though the basic functionality. You're
then prompted to log in (either via NPR.org or
or Google+ accounts), which is necessary to enable
curation. NPR One also keeps track of everything
you've already listened to, so you don't ever hear
duplicate content. The app also notes things you
like when suggesting new content going forward.
And you can still do things like search for
popular NPR podcasts, segments, and more.
interface is pretty simple and inviting, with the
app's audio controls consisting of only buttons
for play, pause, and 15-second rewind. Check out
some screenshots of both the iOS and Android apps
below, and let us know what you think in the
33 years of doing morning radio, CCM+E Oldies
KJR-F/SEATTLE's BOB RIVERS announced his
heart-felt decision to step away and discontinue
The BOB RIVERS Morning Show. Leading up to his
final show on FRIDAY, AUGUST 8th, 2014, the
iconic SEATTLE personality will host nine
farewell shows to say goodbye to listeners,
advertisers and co-workers.
is a world-class talent, a true professional and
radio genius, and it's been our pleasure working
with such a radio legend that inspired many in
the industry to get into the business in their
early years," said CCM+E/SEATTLE
VP/Programming KEITH CUNNINGHAM.
been on the radio for 42 years; since I was 16.
Thirty-three years doing morning drive, 25 of
them being here in SEATTLE. Our show signed on
8/8/89 and our last show will be 8/8/2014. I
will be forever grateful to the best audience
and radio family one could hope for: SPIKE, JOE,
JODI, ARIK, PEDRO and LUCIANA. I love y'all.
This was not an easy decision for me, but you
just know when it's right.
we satisfy the old adage -- leave them wanting
more," said RIVERS. "I'm the luckiest
radio host in the world. Not only have I been
surrounded by iconic talent and given free-reign
to create a unique morning show, we've amassed
an audience so loyal and loving that they have
raised millions and saved children's lives all
over the world. We enjoyed great ratings over
the years, but they only tell part of the story
-- the bond we've had as a cast and with our
audience and trusted advertisers trumps all the
#1's we achieved. I'm about to be a grandfather,
I don't want to miss a minute of that. It's time
for my lovely wife, LISA, to get The BOB RIVERS
Show live and in person every morning. There are
projects waiting, like WORLD VISION, touring
with HEART BY HEART, maybe popping up on radio
FL) - Selwyn Birchwood has been on a roll for
the last eighteen months. In January 2013, he
won the International Blues Challenge for Best
Band, beating out over 120 top acts from
around the world. He also won Best Guitarist.
Since then, he and his band mates have been
touring furiously. In March, Selwyn was signed
to the Alligator Records label and just last
month they released his Alligator debut,Don't
Call No Ambulance.
week, Selwyn and the band thrilled fans at the
Lakeridge Winery in Clermont, Florida. The
winery's outdoor setting is cozy, and allows
for a lot of interaction with the crowd, which
is normally as many as five hundred people.
was a perfect afternoon for some blues in the
open air. Amazing cloudscapes, along with the
vineyards, provided a beautiful scenic
backdrop, and the band began setting up their
equipment. Normally, they would do this with
the help of the winery's sound person, who
alas, was on vacation. As Selwyn stepped down
from the stage and stopped at different points
in the crowd to check the sound from the PA,
he stopped to meet and greet numerous fans,
many of whom have known and followed him for
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