23 Years Ago: Garth Brooks’ ‘No Fences’ Makes Country Music History
Oct. 24, 1991, was a big day for Garth Brooks. It was on this day 23 years ago that the singer’s ‘No Fences’ album was certified for selling five million copies, marking the highest sales ever for a country artist.
The disc, which was released in 1990, was Brooks’ sophomore album for Capitol Records. But while he may have been pleasantly surprised by his early success, no one, including Brooks, could have predicted how remarkable his career would become.
The singer has sold more than 190 million records worldwide, has 19 No. 1 hits to his credit and has six diamond-certified (sales in excess of 10 million units) albums. Brooks also broke several concert attendance records, including playing before 750,000 people in New York City’s Central Park, and continues to break them on his Comeback Tour. He is the second best-selling solo album artist of all time, with only Elvis Presley surpassing his success.
Brooks famously announced his retirement in 2000, saying he wanted to spend more time with this three young daughters. However, he began performing at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas in 2009 and is now announcing tour dates around the U.S., city by city. ‘Man Against Machine,’ his first studio album since 2001’s ‘Scarecrow,’ is set for release on Nov. 11.