Garth Brooks sets record, debuting at number one
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
– The top-selling solo artist of the 20th century (RIAA) has re-written the record books once again. With his new single, "More Than a Memory" (Pearl Records/Big Machine), Garth Brooks became the first artist in history to debut at number one on the Billboard Country Singles Chart, making him the highest country debut leader of all time.
The charts will be officially released Thursday.
The new single comes from Brooks' "The Ultimate Hits" collection, out Nov. 6.
On Aug. 18, Brooks and Big Machine Records president Scott Borchetta announced a unique arrangement for Big Machine Records to exclusively promote and market his upcoming singles to country radio.
Borchetta said, "The opportunity and the honor to represent the greatest that our industry has ever seen is one that I could not pass up. To experience his musical genius, desire and passion first-hand is extraordinary. We came up with a plan to set up this incredible new music at radio and he took it to another level - truly magical. Radio responded with open arms and enormous excitement and the result is... historical."
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