Garth Brooks 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' integration of rock
elements into his recordings and live performances has earned him immense
popularity. This progressive approach allowed him to dominate the country single
and album charts while quickly crossing over into the mainstream pop arena,
exposing country music to a larger audience.
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 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.