No one - no one - has sold more country albums than Garth Brooks. No one. Uploaded by digitalrodeo.com.
It’s unusual for anyone to quit while at the very top of their profession. Sandy Koufax did it in baseball. Barry Sanders did it in football. I’m sure there are other examples, but the only person I can think of who did it in the music business was Garth Brooks. Said he wanted to spend more time with his family, which is what people usually say when they’re resigning in disgrace.
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But before his decision to leave the business in 2001, Garth Brooks was huge. People had a sense of how popular he was, but the numbers are staggering. Only Elvis and the Beatles have sold more albums. Let that sink in a moment. He was named “Artist of the 90s” by the American Music Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards. That last organization also gave him its initial Crystal Milestone Award, honoring him as the top-selling country music artist of all time.
One quirky thing about Brooks is his refusal to allow his songs to be sold by iTunes and his videos to be available on YouTube. He contends that iTunes exists to sell iPods, and that its emphasis on singles destroys the artist’s integrity when the artist is making an album, a collective statement. I think he’s wrong, that people discover albums when they are purchasing singles. We can agree to disagree, and there’s only one difference – he’s richer than Croesus, and I’m not.
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