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7 diamond awards… 5 million tickets… 138 million albums… Where does Garth go from here? How about one of the world’s most storied venues— Yankee Stadium!

Papa Loved Mama

Garth Brooks may be the first artist in history to earn seven RIAA Diamond Awards, but his humble musical career began in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he learned to sing and play guitar during weekly family talent nights. What he learned there would eventually lead to an iconic career in Nashville, Tennessee, culminating in the release of his first self-titled album in 1989 to immediate success. It reached No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and No. 13 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, which made one thing abundantly clear: this country music legend was only getting started.

Ain’t Goin’ Down

While his debut album was widely regarded as a smash hit and featured storied tracks like “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old),” “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” and “The Dance,” it was his second album, “No Fences,” that skyrocketed Brooks to legendary status. The album, released in 1990, spent 23 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and sold over 700,000 copies in its first 10 days.

Albums weren’t the only measure of his success. Brooks might be a country star, but his early concerts were more reminiscent of an electric rock show. With a cordless microphone, Brooks was able to move freely around the stage and interact with the lights, suspensions, and pyrotechnics that made up his live performances. These shows were the first of their kind for a country music artist and put Brooks on the fast track to sold out arena tours throughout the ’90s.

One record in particular, “Ropin’ the Wind,” released in 1991, would go on to defy the barriers of country music. It debuted at the top of both the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and Billboard Top 200 Albums chart – a first in the country music industry.

The Dance

In October 2000, at the height of his music career – having produced seven full-length albums to critical acclaim, a greatest hits collection, and two sold-out world tours – Garth Brooks retired from the spotlight. As a fond farewell, he released a final album, “Scarecrow,” in November of that year. It would be his last studio album for more than a decade.

Brooks had achieved world-renowned success as a performer, but retiring allowed him to excel as a father. He used this time to focus on his three young daughters: Taylor Mayne Pearl, August Anna, and Allie Colleen; he was able to spare them the rigors of a touring and recording musician. Brooks would not fully return to music until his youngest daughter, Allie, finished high school.

It’s Your Song

Over the next 14 years, Brooks released a greatest hits collection, “The Limited Series,” and performed in residency for 4 years to sold-out shows in Las Vegas at the Encore Theatre. In 2013, Brooks released a box set titled, “Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences,” in which he performed covers of famous songs he called influences on his career. The last show was November 29th, 2013. It was aired on CBS as "Live From Las Vegas" and won the ratings that night with nine million viewers. While promoting the album Brooks made the announcement that would officially end his retirement for good – his first world tour would be in 2014, the first since 2000. The country music legend was finally back.

Learning to Live Again

In September 2014, Brooks released his first studio album in nearly 15 years: “Man Against Machine.” Brooks also made his first Country Music Association Awards appearance since 2005 in 2014 and kicked off another world tour in September that year. Headlining with his wife, Trisha Yearwood, the three-year world tour has become the biggest in the world with nearly 5,000,000 tickets sold in two years.

This tour would evolve into the biggest selling in the world! Stopping midway in NYC for the first time since 1997!

The Thunder Rolls

Garth Brooks is the only musician in history to have received 7 Diamond certifications from the RIAA for 7 albums that have sold over 10 million copies each. The albums that have reached this achievement are “Garth Brooks,” “No Fences,” “Ropin’ The Wind,” “The Hits,” “Double-Live,” “Sevens,” and “The Ultimate Hits.” The tremendous success of these records has made Brooks the best-selling solo artist in America, with over 138 million records sold domestically to date. In total, Brooks’ overall record sales are second only to The Beatles.

Celebrate his illustrious career. Watch Garth Brooks/Yankee Stadium/Live for yourself starting Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. EST. Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, will perform some of their greatest hits. This special will premiere only on AT&T’s Audience Network and will be available for streaming through DIRECTV and AT&T U-Verse. Be a part of the action and all the history associated with Garth Brooks by bringing the show directly into your living room or an app-enabled device this November – exclusively with AT&T!

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