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Garth Brooks announces world tour and new album

Garth Brooks is back!

(Photo: Chris Pizzello, Invision, via AP)

After more than a decade-long absence, the four-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee has announced that he’s returning with a brand new record and a world tour.

The date has not yet been set for the new album, but in a media conference Brooks did say “sometime around Black Friday is where we usually do our thing.”

With promises of double the music, it will be worth the few months wait for fans.

“The new record, I think, is what we would traditionally think of as a double album, just because there’s a lot to say,” said Brooks.

Brooks is also joining the modern era of music by finally allowing digital sales of his music. None of his previous music has been made available at iTunes or any other digital retailer. His reasoning: he wanted to keep his albums cohesive and not break them into individual tracks.

Despite not entering the digital realm, Brooks is still the best-selling artist in the U.S. since 1991, the year Nielsen SoundScan first began tracking sales. With 69.6 million albums sold, he’s sold more than The Beatles, Mariah Carey, and Celine Dion.

Now that he’s selling digital downloads, that lead is likely to increase even further with the additional revenue streams. However, the music will still not be available on iTunes. Instead, digital downloads will be available in two to three weeks at

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