Happy Birthday to Country Legend Garth Brooks!

Garth Brooks, famous for his infusion of rock and roll into his country music, is 57-years-old today! Brooks is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 170 million records worldwide, and is the only artist in history to have had seven of his albums achieve diamond status in the United States.
He is also the best-selling solo artist in the U.S., with 148 million albums sold in the U.S. alone! Having released 22 records total, Brooks’ prolific career has earned him numerous accolades including two Grammy Awards and 17 American Music Awards.
Brooks released his first album in 1989. The eponymous record reached No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and No. 13 on the Billboard 200. His second single from the album “If Tomorrow Never Comes” gave him his first No. 1 single. “The Dance,” his fourth single from the album, reached No. 1, and is Brooks’ second most performed song as well as his favorite song of his - he last performed the song just last month!
"The Dance"
His follow-up album No Fences, was released the next year, and went on to become Brooks’ highest selling album, with over 17 million domestic copies sold. The album also remains his most played album to this day! Brooks’ most iconic and most performed song, with a whopping 137 play count, “Friends in Low Places,” came from this album. “Unanswered Prayers,” and “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House,” his third (122 plays) and fourth (115 plays) most performed songs, also came from this album, and these singles all reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The same year, Brooks was induced into the Grand Ole Opry.
"Friends in Low Places"
Brooks’ third album, Ropin’ the Wind, was the first country album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and went on to become his second-best selling album as well as his second most played album. Hype around the album spurred his previous two to prominence again, and Brooks became the first country artist to have three albums on the Billboard 200’s top 20 in the same week.
Brooks began his first world tour in 1993, in which he sold out the historic Wembley Arena in London, the first time this had been done by an American country artist. His next world tour took off in 1996, and was attended by 5.5 million fans, becoming the third-most attended concert tour in history. His Central Park concert the next year had nearly 1,000,000 attendees and became the largest concert in park history!
Garth Brooks
Brooks released his first live album, Double Live, in 1998. It went on to become the best-selling live album of all time, certified 21x Platinum!
After taking a hiatus to focus on his family, Brooks released the single “More Than a Memory,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and remains the highest-debuting single of the chart’s history, though it's only Brooks' 28th most played song as he's only performed it once since 2010. He recently brought this track back onto his setlist back in October after eight years!
In 2009, Brooks began a weekend residency at Encore Las Vegas, and released his most recent album, which came out in 2016, prompting a 2017 world tour with his wife, Trisha Yearwood.
Brooks performing with Yearwood
You can catch Brooks next on his Stadium Tour, taking off next month! Check out the dates below. Here’s to one of the most accomplished singers in history - happy birthday Garth!
03/09 – St. Louis, MO @ The Dome at America’s Center
03/23 – Glendale, AZ @ State Farm Stadium
04/20 – Gainesville, FL @ Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
05/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ U.S. Bank Stadium
05/18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field
TBA – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium
TBA – Arlington, TX @ AT&T Stadium
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