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people.comRANKED: While Toby Keith, 43, may have been shut out at the Country Music Association Awards, Billboard still ranks him the artist with the strongest impact on the country charts this year. The trade publication put him in the No. 1 slot on its Top Country Artists list. He also leads the year-end Top Country Artists ? Male, Top Country Album Artists and Hot Country Singles & Tracks Artists tallies. Additionally, his 2003 Shock'n Y'All tops the year-end Top Country Albums list. His hits this year included "American Soldier," which spent four weeks at No. 1, and "Whiskey Girl." He also had a top five hit, "Stays in Mexico." Keith's latest album, Greatest Hits 2, was released last month.

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The Angry American has a soft spot for blonde babes. Toby Keith has recruited Heather Locklear to serve as his love interest in his new video, "Crash Here Tonight," shooting this week. Then, on Sept. 8, Keith makes his silver-screen debut alongside the golden-tressed Kelly Preston in Broken Bridges.

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Toby Keith, family awarded $2.8 million


PURCELL, Oklahoma (AP) -- Toby Keith, his mother and his siblings have been awarded $2.8 million in damages in the 2001 collision that killed the country music star's father.


A jury returned the verdict against Elias Rodriguez and Pedro Rodriguez, operators of Rodriguez Transportes of Tulsa, and the Republic Western Insurance Co.

According to evidence presented at trial, a charter bus owned by the Rodriguezes was "in urgent need" of brake repairs before H.K. Covel was killed in the March 2001 accident on Interstate 35, said attorney Greg Dixon, who represented Keith's family. The Rodriguezes had been advised of the brake problem before Covel's truck crossed the center median and struck the bus, he said.


The family initially suspected Covel suffered a medical condition that caused the truck to veer out of control. It later learned another vehicle had bumped the truck and filed a wrongful death lawsuit to clear Covel's name, Dixon said.


The verdict was returned last week. "The jury found no fault on the part of Mr. Covel in the wreck that claimed his life," Dixon said.


The plaintiffs, wife Carolyn Covel, daughter Tonni Covel and sons Toby Keith Covel and Tracey Covel, alleged that H.K. Covel would not have died if the bus had been equipped with properly working air brakes


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Toby Keith Encounters Mortar Fire on USO Tour



Country star Toby Keith was trying to give 2,500 soldiers at a military base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, a break from the action, but instead he and his band came under fire along with the rest of the troops.


Keith, on an 18-show USO tour through the Persian Gulf, was right in the middle of his song "Weed With Willie" when mortar fire on the base interrupted him Thursday night.


"We all ran about 100 yards to a concrete bunker," says a witness on the scene. Keith, 46, and his band hunkered down with the soldiers in a bunker about an hour, signing autographs and posing for shots to pass the time.


When the all-clear was sounded, Keith (who says he likes all three 2008 Presidential candidates), returned to stage – against the advice of a coalition MP.


"He went right to the verse he was in and finished his show!" said the witness.


Keith's 14-day USO tour – his sixth in as many years – continues through this week.


Source: People

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Adkins Signs With Keith's Record Label


Country singer TRACE ADKINS has placed his career future in the hands of TOBY KEITH after signing to the superstar's record label.


Keith staged a press conference in Tennessee on Wednesday (13Jan10) to announce a new merger between his Show Dog Nashville company with Universal Records.


He used the opportunity to reveal his latest signing - surprising the reporters gathered at the conference by bringing out Adkins and having him sign on the dotted line there and then.


The You're Gonna Miss This hitmaker admitted the decision to leave Capitol Records Nashville, his home for the past 15 years, was an easy one after touring with Keith last summer (09) and learning they shared "a common vision".


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