North Carolina fans still love Garth Brooks. The singer has broken his own record for ticket sales in the state, which he held since 1998.

Brooks sold 56,523 tickets March 25-28 in 1998, when he performed at Winston Salem's Joel Memorial Coliseum. The Oklahoma native has already surpassed that number for his upcoming dates at the Greensboro Coliseum in N.C., Nov. 19-23, and the tickets are still selling quickly.

Brooks, who kicked off his World Tour in Chicago, has broken several records already, including his previously-held ticket sales record in the Windy City, in Atlanta, and his own North American record as well.

The 52-year-old, who retired in 2001 to spend time with his family, says he doesn't understand his fame.

“I’ve said this in a million interviews: If there was an answer, if God came down, if a hand came down and opened up and the answer was in that hand, I hope it would say, ‘The music,’” he says. “That explains it probably more than anything.”

Brooks is crossing the country with his wife, Trisha Yearwood. They have upcoming shows in Kentucky, Minneapolis, North Carolina and Missouri. See a list of shows here.