The possibility of a Garth Brooks 2014 tour and album has been the subject of endless speculation from both fans and media since the superstar quietly dropped a hint about his plans for next year.

Brooks sent out an update to fans who've signed up to receive news, saying only, “The sevens have aligned. It has begun…Thank you for believing…love, g.”

The front page of his website also bears the message, “It has begun …,” but provides no further information.

The speculation began last year, when Las Vegas hotelier Steve Wynn stated in an interview that Brooks was "itching to get started" on a tour for 2014. The superstar has performed a series of shows at Wynn's hotel over the last few years, with more to come, but has not toured actively in more than a dozen years, since he retired to become a full-time father to his three children. He has steadfastly said that he would not undertake another full-blown tour until his children are all out of school. His youngest daughter, Allie, will graduate in 2014.

Brooks' wife, Trisha Yearwood, fed the rumor mill in August, when she hinted that they were looking at the possibility of doing an album and tour together. But fans and media have seized upon Brooks' most recent hints as the most concrete -- albeit cryptic -- confirmation that he's planning new projects.

Adding to the fervor is an article from Country Music Tattle Tale, who claim they have learned exclusively that the 51-year-old will both release a new album and hit the road in 2014, to coincide with a TV special directed by famed film director Martin Scorsese.

For now, though, fans who want to see Brooks live will have to catch one of his four remaining dates at the Wynn Las Vegas. He kicked off last week with four shows, and will perform four more exclusive dates on Nov. 8 and 9. To purchase tickets, click here or call (702) 770-1000.

There has been no official confirmation or denial of a Garth Brooks 2014 tour or album project.