Garth Brooks

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Born: in Tulsa, OK, USA

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Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962), best known as Garth Brooks, is an American country pop singer-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 ahead of Elvis Presley (second to the Beatles) with 135 million units sold. Brooks is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records.

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 20 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. Following the conclusion of his residency in Las Vegas, Brooks announced his signing with Sony Music Nashville in July 2014. In September 2014, he began his comeback world tour. His most recent album, Man Against Machine, was released on November 11, 2014 via his new online music store GhostTunes.

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

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Garth Brooks Garth Brooks 3
1990 No Fences Garth Brooks 5 7
1991 Ropin' the Wind Garth Brooks 5 5
1992 Beyond the Season Garth Brooks 5 1
1992 The Chase Garth Brooks 2 5
1993 In Pieces Garth Brooks 4 3
1995 Fresh Horses Garth Brooks 1 2
1997 Sevens Garth Brooks 2
1999 In... the Life of Chris Gaines Garth Brooks 1
1999 Garth Brooks & The Magic of Christmas Garth Brooks 1
2001 The Magic of Christmas: Call Me Claus Garth Brooks 1
2001 Scarecrow Garth Brooks 3
2005 The Lost Sessions Garth Brooks 2
2014 Man Against Machine Garth Brooks 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 The Hits Garth Brooks 4
1998 The Limited Series Garth Brooks 1
2005 The Limited Series (2005) Garth Brooks 1
2007 The Ultimate Hits Garth Brooks 5 2
2013 Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences Garth Brooks 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Double Live Garth Brooks 1
2014 Double Live: 25th Anniversary Edition Garth Brooks 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Standing Outside the Fire Garth Brooks 1
1995 She's Every Woman Garth Brooks 1
1998 One Heart at a Time Garth Brooks, Billy Dean, Faith Hill, Olivia Newton-John, Neal McCoy, Michael McDonald, Victoria Shaw, Bryan White 1
1999 Lost in You Garth Brooks 1
2007 More Than a Memory Garth Brooks 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Double Live 25th Anniversary Edition Garth Brooks 1

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