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Garth Brooks

"The biggest selling country artist of all time"
* Garth Brooks is the top-selling solo artist of the century according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). With sales of over 91 million albums resulting in certification of over 97 million since 1989, Garth is the fastest-selling album artist in RIAA history. He is also the only male artist in RIAA history to have 4 albums top the 10 million mark.

* Garth recently received the RIAA's newest honor, the Diamond Award, for albums selling over 10 million units in the U.S. The four titles earning this distinction are: No Fences, Ropin' The Wind, The Hits, and Double Live.

* Garth Brooks was the biggest-selling country album of the 1980's.

* No Fences is the best-selling country album of all time.

* Ropin' the Wind is the second biggest selling country album of all time, and it was the first album ever to debut at #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and the Billboard Country Album Chart. The Chase, In Pieces, Sevens, and Double Live also accomplished this feat. Garth has taken over 20 singles to the #1 position on the country charts.

* Garth Brooks Double Live, released on November 17, 1998, set an all-time record for the Soundscan era by selling 1,085,373 copies in its first week. It was not only a record for first-week sales, but for any one-week sales period by any artist. Featuring 25 cuts and over 100 minutes of music, including three new songs, Double Live stayed at the top of the Billboard Top 200 chart for 5 weeks.

* Brooks released a boxed set, The Limited Series (so named because only 2 million units were produced), on May 5, 1998. The set contained his first six multi-platinum studio releases--Garth Brooks, No Fences, Ropin' The Wind, The Chase, In Pieces and Fresh Horses--as well as a new bonus track on each CD, for a total of 66 cuts and over three hours of music. Due to its success, Brooks is the first artist to debut at #1 on two charts with a boxed set. It topped the Billboard Country chart and was the first boxed set to reach #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart since the inception of Soundscan in 1991. First week sales for the set were 372,410 units, a record for first week sales of any boxed set in the Soundscan era. (The only other artist to debut at #1 with a boxed set was Bruce Springsteen, in 1986). The collection has sold 2 million units, resulting in the RIAA certifying each album contained in The Limited Series for an additional 2 million copies.

* Sevens was released in November 1997 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Country Albums charts with first week sales of 896,932. This was the top-selling debut week of any album released in 1997. Sevens topped the Top 200 chart for a total of 7 weeks, and the Country chart for 13 weeks.

* Garth placed three albums at the top of the Billboard Top 200 chart in 1998-Sevens, The Limited Series, and Double Live. He was the first artist to accomplish this feat since Elton John in 1975.

* Garth was #1 on the 1998 Los Angeles Times Calendar Ultimate Top 10 of Music, a tally that combines album sales and concert grosses.

* During Garth's 1996-1998 concert tour, he played 350 shows in 100 cities, selling over 5.3 million tickets. He sold over 1.8 million tickets in 1996, more than any other touring act that year. He sold out practically every show on the tour, playing multiple shows in each city and consistently breaking venue attendance records set by the likes of Elvis Presley, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, and Neil Diamond. According to Amusement Business, it was easily the top country music tour of all time, and likely the biggest arena tour ever.

* On August 7, 1997, Garth drew the largest crowd ever to attend a concert in New York's Central Park. Garth Live From Central Park, airing on HBO, was the highest rated original program on HBO in 1997, as well as the most-watched special on cable television in 1997, drawing 14.6 million television viewers. The special beat all broadcast competition in the time period as well as 3 of the 4 networks combined. It earned a 15.2 rating/25 share in HBO homes. Ratings continued to rise throughout the evening, peaking at a 19.1 rating/29 share in the last 15 minutes of the concert. (Ratings information based on Nielsen). Garth Live From Central Park was nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program; and Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.

* Garth has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist, including: 2 Grammys, 13 American Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 5 World Music Awards, 10 People's Choice Awards (including Favorite Male Musical Performer for the past 8 years), and 24 Billboard Music Awards (more than any other artist). He was named Artist of the '90s at the 1997 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, received the Artist Achievement Award at the 1997 Billboard Music Awards, and was named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music in 1999.

* Garth's past television credits include 6 NBC specials -- This is Garth Brooks (first airing January 1992), This is Garth Brooks, Too! (first airing May 1994), Garth Brooks--The Hits (January 1995), Tryin' to Rope the World (first airing December 1995), Garth Brooks: Ireland & Back (first airing March 1998), and Garth Brooks Double Live (November 1998).

This is Garth Brooks was filmed at Dallas' Reunion Arena in September 1991. At the time it aired it gave NBC its highest-rated Friday night in more than 2 years, and was the #9 show for the week.

This is Garth Brooks, Too! was filmed over the course of three sold-out shows at Texas Stadium in Dallas in 1993. When it aired it gave NBC its first time period win among adults 18-49 since August 1992.

Garth Brooks--The Hits aired live, with Garth showing clips from the previous two specials and taking phone calls from fans. It won its time slot for NBC and gave NBC its best adult (18-49) rating in that time slot since January 1994.

Tryin' to Rope the World was a behind-the-scenes documentary of Brooks' first European/Australian tour in 1994, featuring both concert highlights and introspective interview footage.

Ireland & Back was a two-hour special that won the night in ratings and was tied with "Law and Order" as the #20 show for the week. Over 15.7 million people watched this special which featured Garth's outdoor concerts in Dublin, Ireland, as well as footage shot in Los Angeles featuring the music of his album Sevens.

Garth Brooks Double Live was performed live in front of a studio audience in L.A. for three separate time zones (eastern/central, mountain and pacific). The special spotlighted exclusive, never-before-seen concert footage of Garth performing songs from Double Live. Garth interacted with viewers via satellite, showed clips of his favorite performances from previous specials, and performed live. The show drew a time-period winning average of 14.3 million viewers and contributed to NBC's winning the night in total viewers.

* In December 1996 VH1 premiered Garth Brooks: Storytellers, part of its acclaimed singer/songwriter series. This intimate look into Brooks' music and persona gave the channel its highest-rated show of the week and doubled the ratings of previous Storytellers episodes featuring Sting, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello and Melissa Etheridge.

* Garth's acting credits include guest performances on NBC's Empty Nest and ABC's Muppets Tonight! and a cameo appearance on NBC's Mad About You. He also drew widespread acclaim for the skits he performed as host of Saturday Night Live in February 1998.

* Garth's film production company, Red Strokes Entertainment, is based in Los Angeles.

* On June 30, 1995, Garth received a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame.

* In 1993 Garth performed The National Anthem during pre-game festivities at the Super Bowl to a television audience of over 1 billion people in over 87 countries. "We Shall Be Free," his award-winning music video, premiered during the telecast. Combining news footage with cameo appearances by Elizabeth Taylor, Lily Tomlin, General Colin Powell, Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Bolton, and Amy Grant, among other luminaries, the song and video were a testament to tolerance and brotherhood.

* In July 1994 Garth performed a sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. The concert sold out in 21 minutes, with Hollywood Bowl Events manager Mark Ferber noting, "I can't remember, since the Beatles, a longer box office line than this morning for Garth Brooks."

* Garth has appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone, Forbes, Time, George, Entertainment Weekly, and The Saturday Evening Post. In 1994 Playboy named him "the King of Pop Music." In addition, he was interviewed by Barbara Walters for one of her ABC prime time television specials, and by Jane Pauley for Dateline NBC. A frequent performer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Garth has also guested on Saturday Night Live (which he also hosted in Feb. '98), The Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Night With Conan O'Brien, Live With Regis & Kathie Lee, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Donny & Marie, The Howie Mandel Show, Today, Good Morning America, and CBS This Morning, among others.

* Garth was born on February 7, 1962, in Tulsa, OK, and raised in Yukon, OK. His parents are Troyal Raymond Brooks and the late Colleen Carroll Brooks. Colleen Carroll recorded for Capitol Records in the 1950's and performed with Red Foley on the Ozark Jubilee. Garth has five siblings: Jim, Jerry, Mike, Betsy and Kelly. He attended Oklahoma State University, where he graduated with a degree in advertising. He married his college sweetheart, the former Sandy Mahl, in 1986. They have three daughters: Taylor Mayne Pearl (born July 8, 1992), August Anna (born May 3, 1994), and Allie Colleen (born July 28, 1996).


Garth Brooks signs unique Wal-Mart deal The country star lines up a new album deal. Country music giant Garth Brooks is to reignite his career with a new record distribution deal with US retail giant Wal-Mart. Officially the all-time biggest-selling solo artist, Brooks sold in excess of 50 million albums  read the full post here >>


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