Brooks remains fourth
Sunday, December 3, 2017
– Garth Brooks will have the only country CD in the Billboard top 10 when the charts are out on Tuesday.
Brooks' box set, "The Anthology: Part I, The First Five Years," remained in fourth for the second week with 57,000 equivalent album units, up 7 percent. The box set contains never before heard music, songs written before the debut album, outtakes, first takes and demos.
Taylor Swift's "Reputation" stays first for the third straight week. The disc moved 147,000 equivalent album units, down 43 percent in the week ending Nov. 30, according to Nielsen Music.
If naming your release "Gunslinger," you'd better let it rip and go for a harder country sound, especially if donning a black cowboy hat on the cover. The reality does not exactly match that sentiment for Garth Brooks, but at times he comes mighty close.
The high points for Brooks are the three most traditional country songs - a couple of honky tonkers ("Honky-Tonk Somewhere" and "Cowboys and Friends") and a ballad ("Whiskey to Wine"). ...
After releasing his debut album in 1989, Garth Brooks released music almost every year until he announced his retirement in 2000. Since then, he has released repackaged hit collections, new music on "Scarecrow" and "The Lost Sessions" and last year's cover song collection "Blame it All on My Roots." Over the years, there have been live recordings, concert and music video collections. The country songwriter became a pop culture icon, transcending genre to become ...
Garth Brooks is back with his first release of "new" material since 2001's "Scarecrow." (Truth in advertising, his "The Ultimate Hits," which actually is part of the new box set, included four new songs back in 2007). And it's quite an undertaking - four CDs of covers - Country Classics, Classic Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul and Melting Pot, an amalgam of country, rock, soul and folk; the two-CD set, "The Ultimate Set" and a DVD of his live performance in Vegas. ...