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24 Years Ago: Garth Brooks’ ‘No Fences’ Makes Country Music History

Garth Brooks No Fences
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Oct. 24, 1991, was a big day for Garth Brooks. It was on this day, 24 years ago, that the singer’s No Fences album was recognized for selling 5 million copies — the highest sales ever for a country artist at that time.

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 has also broken 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 World Tour. He is the best-selling solo album artist of all time, and No Fences has now sold more than 17 million copies.

Brooks famously announced his retirement in 2000, saying that 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, was released in November of 2014.

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