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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Garth Brooks Back in the Game


Country superstar Garth Brooks announced today that he's coming out of retirement, ending a nine year absence from the music industry.  Brooks went into retirement in 2000 to spend more time with his family (including wife and fellow country musician Trisha Yearwood), leaving a void in the world of country music as he was one of the genre's top sellers in the '90s.

Although he announced today that he's coming out of retirement, Brooks will not be touring any time soon.  "If he tours again, it still won't be until his youngest goes to college," Brooks' spokeswoman Nancy Seltzer told CNN.

If Brooks is able to match his success from the '90s, he'll be selling millions of albums in no time.  His records The Chase, Ropin' the Wind and In Pieces sold over 100 million copies. Ropin' the Wind was a milestone in country music history, entering the pop charts at #1 in 1991.

Even if you're not that familiar with country music, you may remember a weird little blip in an Brooks' career: 1999's Garth Brooks . . . In the Life of Chris Gaines. For this pop rock album, Brooks took on an alter-ego persona with dark black hair and a persistent brooding look.  Fans were confused and the album found little success.

A press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. today to give more details about Brooks' return to the country spotlight. Stay tuned for more news about upcoming GB projects.

-Kristen Callihan
currently listening to "Me and the Major" by Belle and Sebastian

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