With his first full-length studio album since 2001, Man Against Machine, Garth Brooks burst back on to the scene in November, soaring to the top spot on the Billboard Country chart and resting firmly at Number 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. This week, Garth made his return to the top, dethroning Carrie Underwood and her album Greatest Hits: Decade #1.
Perhaps it comes as no surprise to country fans that Garth’s long-awaited offering sold over 130,000 copies in its first week, but what makes this total slightly more impressive is the limited vendors which carried, and continue to carry, Man Against Machine. Garth’s “homecoming” project is available on his website, GhostTunes, and only a few stores, which makes the fact that his album returned to Number 1, despite its somewhat difficult to obtain status, even more exciting for the legendary artist.
So, what was it that caused the resurgence of sales for our “friend in low places”? The holidays? The news about more record-breaking, sold-out shows? Or, could it be Garth’s newfound friendship with the reigning Prince of Pop, Justin Timberlake? No matter the reason, the fact remains — country music fans still recognize and appreciate the iconic music of those who helped shape the genre into what it is today.
Congratulations to Garth Brooks on his return to the Number 1 spot on the charts!