Garth Brooks is certified by the RIAA as the No. 1-selling solo artist in U.S. history with over 136 million albums and is currently on the biggest selling tour in the world, according to Pollstar. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist.
In 2001, Garth retired and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children. In 2008, The President Elect, himself, requested that Garth headline President Obama's Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. A crowd of over 300,000 did the "wave" to Garth's performance of "Shout" while the President sang along. That same year, at the request of the Governor of California, Garth performed five concerts in two days, a feat believed to have never before been attempted by any artist. F.I.R.E., an organization created to provide financial help to recent fire victims and support the future of fire fighting in the state of California, received proceeds from 83,000 tickets sold. Portions of the live concerts were shown as a TV special, "Garth Brooks: Live in L.A." allowing viewers to donate as well.
In December 2010, Garth finished an astonishing nine sold out concerts in six days to raise money for the flood relief efforts in Tennessee. ABC World News Tonight declared Garth The Person of the Week and the Mayor of Nashville announced that this was a record December for downtown Nashville merchants due to the over 145,000 who attended the concerts.
In January 2012, he was named the bestselling artist of the last two decades by Billboard, Nielson and Soundscan with a whopping 68.5 million sales. Brooks also sold out his recent appearance at the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. The sellout of 15,000+ seats happened in less than a minute. Garth was recently inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York as well as the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In October he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Performing for his induction were his heroes George Strait, James Taylor and Bob Seger.
On November 29th, 2013, Garth took the night with almost nine million viewers watching his CBS special "Live From Las Vegas." That very day Garth released his new boxed set, Blame It All On My Roots, which debuted for the 13th time in Garth's career at No. 1 on the country charts. The boxed set also rose to the top of the Billboard 200 Chart making it the 9th time Garth has been able to achieve that feat.
Garth's performance of "Friends in Low Places," was the last thing heard on The Tonight Show as Jay Leno ended his 22 year reign as The Tonight Show host.
On July 15th, 2014, Garth announced the three-year Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. On September 3rd, 2014, Garth released a new single, "People Loving People." It was his first new single since 2008. The very next day, September 4th, Garth began his 11 sold out shows at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. In 1998, Garth set the concert ticket sales records for every city on the tour. This time he has already beaten his own records. In Portland, Garth celebrated his 100th show on the world tour and two million in ticket sales. The next day he traveled to Dallas to perform at the 50th anniversary ACM Awards and receive the Milestone Award.
Garth's ninth studio album, MAN AGAINST MACHINE, was released November 11th. It was his first new studio album in 13 years. It became the 14th time in Garth's career that one of his albums debuted at No. 1 on the country charts where it remained for seven non-consecutive weeks. The second single off the album, "Mom," became the inspiration for a Good Morning America contest encouraging viewers to send in videos nominating their mother or friend's mother to be surprised by Garth serenading them at their door.