Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962) is an American country music artist. 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 has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in popular music history, breaking records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s. He continues to sell well and according to Nielsen Soundscan, his albums sales through October 2011 are at 68,561,000, 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.
Furthermore, according to RIAA he is the second best-selling solo albums artist in the United States of all time behind Elvis Presley(overall is third to the Beatles and Elvis Presley) with 128 million units sold. 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).
Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 21, 2012.
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