Garth Brooks’ birthday
Originally shared by Tim Walker
Happy 55th Birthday Troyal Garth Brooks, born February 7, 1962. He is an American country singer and songwriter. His integration of rock and roll elements into the country genre has earned him immense popularity in the United States. Brooks has had great success in the country single and album charts, with multi-platinum recordings and record-breaking live performances, while also crossing over into the mainstream pop arena.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, he is the best-selling solo albums artist in the United States with 135 million domestic units sold, ahead of Elvis Presley, and is second only to The Beatles in total album sales overall. He is also one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 160 million records.
Brooks is now the only artist in music history to have released seven albums that achieved diamond status in the U.S. (as of September 23, 2016). Those being: Garth Brooks (10× platinum), No Fences (17× platinum), Ropin’ the Wind (14× platinum), The Hits (10× platinum), Sevens (10× platinum), Double Live (21× platinum), and The Ultimate Hits (10× platinum).