Garth Brooks

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Born: in Tulsa, OK, USA

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Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962) is an American country music singer and songwriter. His eponymous first album was released in 1989 and peaked at number 2 in the US country album chart while climbing to number 13 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Brooks' integration of rock elements into his recordings and live performances earned him immense popularity. This progressive approach allowed him to dominate the country single and album charts while crossing over into the mainstream pop arena.

Brooks broke records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s. As of 2013, his recordings continue to sell well and, according to Nielsen Soundscan, his albums sales up to May 2013 are 68,630,000, which makes him the best-selling albums artist in the United States in the SoundScan era (since 1991), a title held since 1991, well over 5 million ahead of his nearest rival, The Beatles. According to RIAA he is the second best-selling solo albums artist in the United States of all time behind Elvis Presley (overall third to the Beatles and Elvis Presley) with 128 million units sold. Brooks is also one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 190 million records (albums, singles, and video).

Brooks has released six albums that achieved diamond status in the United States, those being: Garth Brooks (10× platinum), No Fences (17× platinum), Ropin' the Wind (14× platinum), The Hits (10× platinum), Sevens (10× platinum) and Double Live (21× platinum). Since 1989, Brooks has released 19 records in all, which include; 10 studio albums, 1 live album, 3 compilation albums, 3 Christmas albums and 3 box sets, along with 77 singles. He won several important awards in his career, including 2 Grammy Awards, 17 American Music Awards (including the "Artist of the '90s") and the RIAA Award as Best selling solo albums artist of the Century in the United States.

Troubled by conflicts between career and family, Brooks officially retired from recording and performing from 2001 until 2009. During this time, he sold millions of albums through an exclusive distribution deal with Walmart and sporadically released new singles. In 2005, Brooks started a partial comeback, and has since given several performances and released two compilation albums.

On October 15, 2009, Garth Brooks announced the end of his retirement. In December 2009, he began a five-year concert deal with the Encore Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. In 2014 his contract with Encore ended. On July 10, 2014, he announced his signing with Sony Music Nashville, as well as confirming plans for an upcoming album, world tour, and the release of his music in a digital format.

Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 21, 2012.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1989 Garth Brooks 3
1990 No Fences 5
1991 Ropin' the Wind 5
1992 Beyond the Season 1
1992 The Chase 4
1993 In Pieces 3
1995 Fresh Horses 2
1997 Sevens 2
1999 In... the Life of Chris Gaines 1
1999 Garth Brooks & The Magic of Christmas 1
2001 The Magic of Christmas: Call Me Claus 1
2001 Scarecrow 2
2005 The Lost Sessions 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1994 The Hits Compilation 4
1998 The Limited Series Compilation 1
2005 The Limited Series (2005) Compilation 1
2007 The Ultimate Hits Compilation 5 1
2013 Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1998 Double Live Live 1

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
1994 Standing Outside the Fire 1
1999 Lost in You 1
2007 More Than a Memory 1

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