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Toby Keith Tops Forbes List of Top-Paid Country Artists

Toby 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 record label.

"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 musicians:

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)

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Keith Urban's Boston-Area Concert Results in Numerous Alcohol-Related Incidents


Keith 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 Boston.


The 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.


Alcohol 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 intoxication.

Some venues, including Pittsburgh's PNC Park, are placing restrictions on tailgating after parking lots have been trashed and arrests made before shows have started.

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Sunday Morning Gospel Hour News

Things are just on the rise for this show. The Lord is definitely blessing it left and right. Here's what's going on in the world of Southern Gospel Music.


*Please keep both Tim Riley of Gold City and Libby Perry Stuffle as both have had scary health ordeals as of late. Mr. Riley, the bass singer for Gold City, suffered a mild stroke while Mrs. Stuffle suffered a heart attack. Both are recovering well and resting. Here is the link to the story about Tim Riley: http://www.singingnews. com/news/industry-news/tim- riley-recovering-after-mild- stroke/

Here is the story about Libby Perry Stuffle: http://www. singingnews.com/news/industry- news/libbi-perry-stuffle- recovering-after-heart-attack/


*The legendary group, the Chuck Wagon Gang, has a new record label. The group recently signed with New Haven Records. Check out the story here: http://www.singingnews. com/news/industry-news/chuck- wagon-gang-joins-new-haven- records/


If you are interested in airing the Sunday Morning Gospel Hour on your station, please feel free to email me atsunmorninggospelhour@gmail. com .

Thank you and God bless.


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NPR launches new 'NPR One' mobile app for curating public radio news

With 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.

NPR 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.

Like 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.

Having 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 using your

Facebook 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.

The 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 comments.

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KJR's Bob Rivers Hangs Up His Alarm Clock

After 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.

"BOB 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.


"I've 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.


Hopefully 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 from time-to-time."

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(CLERMONT, 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.


Last 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.

It 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 years.

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