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Toby Keith
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Remember When Toby Keith Released His Debut Album?

It's been 20 years since country fans were introduced to Toby Keith, the rabble-rousing 31-year-old from Oklahoma.

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Garth Brooks
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Garth Brooks’ ‘Sevens’ Turns 15

In 1997, Garth Brooks and his team were out to remind fans that this singer-songwriter was still a bona fide superstar. After album sales for his previous release (1995's 'Fresh Horses,' which sold an incredibly respectable 3 million copies) failed to reach the same sales heights as his previous albums ('No Fences' sold over 10 million copies), the team employed a top-notch marketing campaign for his '97 album, 'Sevens.'

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Shania Twain
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Shania Twain’s ‘Up!’ Turns 10

Shania Twain proved she was still the most popular country music singer in the world when she released 'Up!' in 2002. The album features hit singles like the titletrack, 'I'm Gonna Getcha Good' and 'Forever and for Always.' The sad news related to this anniversary is that it also means it's been an entire decade since Twain has released a new album. 

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Shania Twain
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Shania Twain’s ‘Come on Over’ Turns 15

It's not an overstatement to say Shania Twain's 'Come on Over' album is the most successful country album ever. It has sold over 40 million copies worldwide after separate versions were released in Europe. Twain spent over 50 weeks at No. 1 on the Country Album charts.

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Rascal Flatts
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Rascal Flatts’ ‘Melt’ Turns 10

Rascal Flatts' self-titled debut album set up what would become the group's undeniable breakthrough album in 2002. 'Melt' was released 10 years ago today (Oct. 29, 2012). It features three of the band's most-played and most-enjoyed singles to date.

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Neal McCoy
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Neal McCoy’s ‘Be Good at It’ Turns 15

Neal McCoy's first album after releasing a greatest hits collection in June 1997 was praised for being smooth and easy to listen to, but at least one reviewer hoped McCoy would have been more adventurous. The singer unleashed 'Be Good at It' 15 years ago today (Oct. 28). 

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Diamond Rio’s ‘Close to the Edge’ Turns 20

Diamond Rio, the Christian country music group, celebrate 20 years since 'Close to the Edge' was released. The album came out on October 27, 1992, via Arista. It was the six-piece group's second album, and it followed the sonic style of their debut.

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Faith Hill’s ‘Cry’ Turns 10

While Faith Hill's 'Cry' was once named one of the best releases of the 2000s, it is not one her biggest country fans would call a career highlight. The album -- which came out 10 years ago today (Oct. 15) -- was purchased by over two million fans worldwide, but failed to produce a country hit.

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John Michael Montgomery’s ‘Life’s a Dance’ Turns 20

Today (Oct. 13) marks the 20th anniversary of John Michael Montgomery's debut album 'Life's a Dance.' It was the sole million seller for a new country artist that year.

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LeAnn Rimes
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LeAnn Rimes’ ‘Family’ Turns 5

LeAnn Rimes had tried her hand at songwriting prior to recording 'Family,' but her influence was never as strong as it is on this album, which was released five years ago today (Oct. 9, 2012). Rimes is listed as the first writer of all 12 of the songs released on the standard edition of her ninth record. The result is a project that scored two Grammy nominations and a round of applause from critics.

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