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14 May 2008
TOBY KEITH‘S 35 BIGGEST HITS IS COUNTRY‘S TOP SELLER

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith has topped the charts again, as his latest release Toby Keiths 35 Biggest Hits opens atop the Billboard Country Albums chart.

This is the sixth time Keith has topped the Country Albums chart, joining his last release Big Dog Daddy, which also debuted at No. 1 on the overall sales chart, a feat he has accomplished three times.

The big numbers are a reflection of Keiths remarkable body of work, with the releases two discs packed with 34 hits ranging from his first No. 1 hit, 1993s "Shouldve Been A Cowboy," to his 2006 chart-topper "A Little Too Late."

This weeks Village Voice finds Chuck Eddy writing, "Not many country artists since Merle [Haggard] have managed a creative streak like Tobys these past few years – in fact, to my ears, his 00s output (six albums plus change, including half of 2006s Broken Bridges soundtrack and a few spare tracks collected on his new 35 Biggest Hits) just might stand up to anybody elses this decade, in any musical genre."

The 35th song is Keiths fast-rising new single "Shes A Hottie." Already in the top 15 on the Billboard/R&R and USA Today/Mediabase charts, "Hottie" also recently became the top-selling ringtone for UMe, the catalog label of Universal Music Group. Significantly, Keiths song is the only new release in the top 10, edging some of the most popular songs and ringtones in the history of popular music. The songs appeal as a ringtone can be explained in part by the idea that people set it to ring when their wife, girlfriend or other romantic interest calls.

Keith has sold more than 31 million albums, hes been deluged with critical praise and peer approval in the form of awards, and hes consistently been one of the top-drawing live performers in the nation. His second feature film, Beer For My Horses, recently finished shooting in New Mexico. Toby Keiths 35 Biggest Hits released on his own Show Dog Nashville label and Universals Ume label.

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