Toby Keith Breaks Music Chart Records Post-mortem

( – Country music icon Toby Keith continues to make Country Music history posthumously, achieving a groundbreaking feat on the Billboard charts. Following his death on February 5 after a battle with stomach cancer, Keith has become the first artist ever to occupy nine spaces in the top 10 songs on the Country Digital Song Sales chart. His catalog, spanning from his 1993 debut hit to his 2023 release, surpassed music heavyweights like Kenny Rogers and Taylor Swift.

The late singer-songwriter, known for hits like “American Soldier” and “How Do You Like Me Now?!”, has not only dominated the top 10 but also secured 13 of the top 15 spots on the country chart. Luke Combs is the only other artist breaking into this stronghold, with his rendition of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” claiming the No. 2 spot.

Toby Keith’s achievement surpasses the records held by Taylor Swift and Kenny Rogers, both of whom previously held seven spots on the Country Digital Song Sales chart simultaneously. Swift achieved this milestone in 2010, while Rogers claimed the record posthumously in 2020.

Keith’s illustrious career, spanning over three decades, saw him release 21 albums, including hits like “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” and “Red Solo Cup.” With 20 No. 1 hits and 65 entries on the weekly charts, Keith left an indelible mark on the country music scene that will not be easily forgotten.

Diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2021, Keith received the inaugural Country Icon Award at the People’s Choice Country Awards two years later. In his final interview, he reflected on his remarkable career, expressing gratitude for the support and acknowledging the swift passage of 30 years.

A private funeral service for Toby Keith is scheduled for mid-February, with a memorial service to be announced on social media. The family has requested donations to The Toby Keith Foundation, which the artist established in 2006 to support children diagnosed with cancer, in lieu of flowers.

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