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Garth Brooks: number one in sales

Monday, November 5, 2007 – Garth Brooks received an award today from recognizing that he was the greatest solo artist in sales ever, topping Elvis Presley.

The Academy of Country Music Crystal Milestone Award went to Brooks during a special presentation in Hollywood. The focus was the Record Industry Association of America's special acknowledgment of his 123 million in unit sales.

This is the first Academy of Country Music Crystal Milestone Award ever given to an artist. The award is given to artist or industry leader to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement. Garth Brooks has won a total of 18 Academy of Country Music Awards throughout his career, including Artist of The Decade in 1998.

"We are honored to present country music legend Garth Brooks with an award that reflects his amazing accomplishments," said Bob Romeo, Executive Director of the Academy of Country Music. "Garth has been a great friend of the Academy for many years, and we couldn't be happier to acknowledge our support with this Crystal Milestone Award."

Brooks was slated to kick off his nine-concert Kansas City dates tonight. He has vowed not to tour until his youngest daughter was in college.

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