Garth Best-Selling Solo Artist

Garth Brooks was recognized as the best-selling solo artist in history by the Recording Industry Association of America, Monday, Nov. 5, in Hollywood, Calif.

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Garth’s album sales of 123 million copies in the United States place him ahead of Elvis Presley. Garth is second only to the Beatles, who have sold more than 170 million records, in all-time sales. “This is a marriage between an artist and the people that allow him to be that artist—the people that buy these records,” said Garth. “I can’t thank you guys enough for your support.” The Academy of Country Music also honored Garth with an award to commemorate the occasion. “My proudest moment of today,” Garth declared, “is that this honor . . . rests under the flag of country music.” Garth’s new album, The Ultimate Hits, will be released Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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