22 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, 22 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 record, which was released in 1990, was his 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 128 million albums worldwide, with 19 No. 1 hits to his credit. He is the second best-selling solo album artist of all time, with only Elvis Presley surpassing his success. Six of his records have achieved diamond status, signifying sales in excess of 10 million units.
Brooks, who also broke several concert attendance records, including playing before 750,000 people in New York City’s Central Park, was not swayed by the fame or fortune. He famously announced his retirement in 2000, saying he wanted to spend more time with this three young daughters.
But while he enjoyed more than a decade of being away from the spotlight, the 51-year-old hints that he may soon be making a comeback. He began performing at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas in 2009, but is rumored to be getting ready to record a new album and hit the road again in 2014.
““The sevens have aligned. It has begun,” he cryptically shared in an e-mail to his fans. “Thank you for believing…love, g.”
Brooks has yet to publicly confirm what his next plans are. His last studio album, ‘Scarecrow,’ was released in 2001. He released ‘The Ultimate Hits’ in 2007, which also sold more than five million copies.