Garth Brooks is an American music artist who was born on February 7, 1962. His first album was released in 1989. Brooks has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in popular music history, breaking records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s.
His magic seems to continue as CBS won the holiday weekend Friday with its two-hour Garth Brooks special. Brooks has been playing to sold-out crowds for last four years in Las Vegas. On Friday, the country legend proved he can still draw an impressive national TV audience too.
The two hour telecast on CBS delivered 8.7 million viewers and a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 becoming the best show of the night. His show doubled the viewers and adult demo rating of a certain other music artist’s prime-time special this week — Lady Gaga’s romp with the Muppet.
There were some real gems performed during the night by Garth Brooks, who seemed to be the same raving maniac on stage that fans knew and loved throughout the ‘90s, such as Bob Seger’s Night Moves and George Jones The Grand Tour.
On October 26, 2000, Brooks officially announced his retirement from recording and performing. As of January 2012, Brooks officially passed the Beatles as the top-selling act of the past 20 years, moving 68.5 million units worldwide, almost 5 million more than the Beatles.
On October 15, 2009, Brooks announced that he was coming out of retirement to do weekend performances at Encore Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip. This arrangement continued into late 2012.