Garth Brooks is one of the biggest musical artists of all time. His first album was released in 1989 and peaked at #2 on the US country album chart and climbed to #13 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Brooks' integration of rock elements into his recordings and live performances earned him immense popularity. This progressive approach allowed him to dominate the country single and album charts while quickly crossing over into the mainstream pop arena, exposing country music to a larger audience.
Brooks has had one of the most successful careers in popular music history, breaking records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s. His recordings continue to sell well and he is the best-selling albums artist in the United States, well over 5 million ahead of his nearest rival, The Beatles.
In December 2009, he began a five-year concert deal with the Encore Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 21, 2012.