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Garth Brooks: 'Family More Important Than Fame'

4/12/2015 8:43am EDT
Garth Brooks
With a new album and a world tour, Garth Brooks makes a triumphant return to country music by embarking on a world tour with his wife, Trisha Yearwood.

The superstar, 53, opens up in this week's issue of PEOPLE about taking time off in 2000 (14 years!) and trading the spotlight for the chance to be a stay-at-home dad to raise his three daughters.

"People said, 'How could you walk away from music?'" Brooks tells PEOPLE. "But being a dad - there's nothing that can touch that."

At the time, much of Brooks' life was in turmoil. His mom, Colleen, had recently died from cancer, his marriage to...

Nicki Minaj Settles For Number Two On The Billboard 200

12/26/2014 8:21am EST
Nicki Minaj
Not that it was ever going to be a contest, but Taylor Swift reclaimed her perch on the Billboard 200 without any trouble. 1989 sold 331,000 copies, an uptick in sales, and also experienced an uptick in the Billboard 200’s new ‘units’ system, to the tune of 375,000 units. But as we all know, doesn’t a queen always win? Swift has certainly been exactly what the music industry needed in a weak years of sales.

Nicki Minaj, who boasts the week’s top new album, settled for second place. The Pinkprint sold more respectably than expected, selling 194,000 copies, and impacting even more consi...

Taylor Swift Is Totally Unstoppable On Billboard 200

11/20/2014 8:40am EST
Taylor Swift Is Unstoppable On Billboard 200: This Week In Music
Face it folks, Taylor Swift is a juggernaut – the gift that keeps on giving generously to the music industry after a dismal sales year. Taylor Swift may not be the ‘second coming,’ but she’s definitely something. 1989 spends its third week atop the Billboard 200 Albums chart, selling a respectable 312,000 copies. If you’re keeping score, that means that Swift’s 1989 sits at two million copies sold in just three weeks.

Foo Fighters couldn’t beat Ms. Swift and didn’t even come that close. Foo Fighters sold soundly, moving 190,000 copies of Sonic Highways, good for a #2 bow. Pink Floyd...

Garth Brooks Gives Fan A Moment She’ll Never Forget - (WATCH)

11/11/2014 10:39am EST
Garth Brooks Gives Fan A Moment She’ll Never Forget - (WATCH)
Country music superstar Garth Brooks surprised a fan at his Minneapolis, MN concert tour stop by giving her a moment she will never forget.

Teresa Shaw attended the concert in high spirits. She had traveled to the show from Iowa and according to a report from KARE-TV, held up a sign so Brooks would see it stating, "Chemo this morning, Garth tonight. Enjoy the dance."

Brooks noticed the sign and had an usher bring Shaw closer to the stage, where the singer dedicated his song "The Dance" to her.

Once Brooks was done with the song, he kissed his guitar and gifted it to Shaw. He then loudly ...

Foo Fighters And Garth Brooks Lead Albums To Check Out

11/10/2014 10:46am EST
Foo Fighters And Garth Brooks Lead Albums To Check Out: This Wee
Following something of a ‘dead week’ after the massive debut of Taylor Swift’s pop album 1989, things pick back up on the new music release front. Of course Ms. Swift will be a factor – she always is – but she has some tough competition this week. This tough competition includes Foo Fighters, Garth Brooks, a sexy solo album from Nick Jonas, and the late, great Whitney Houston. Here are albums to check out this week.

1) Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA)

After years in the game, Foo Fighters release their highly anticipated eighth studio album, Sonic Highways. Sonic Highways follow...

Garth Brooks Kicks Off Tour, Finally Goes Digital

9/5/2014 8:20am EDT
Garth Brooks Kicks Off Tour, Finally Goes Digital
Garth Brooks launched his highly anticipated comeback tour in Chicago, Illinois, on Thursday and simultaneously unveiled his new online music store on

He said in a press release: "When I decided it was time to 'go digital,' I didn’t find an existing way that really fit how I wanted to do it. I shared my dream with some amazing minds and together have created something really special."

The website contains the country superstar's complete catalog of music and videos. Fans will immediately be able to listen to his music on their digital devices without having to download it....

Garth Brooks Announces New Music & Tour

7/10/2014 10:34pm EDT
Garth Brooks Announces New Music & Tour
Garth Brooks is back. The country star has come out of retirement to record new music and embark on a world tour. The Grammy award winning singer, who has only performed occasionally since retiring in 2001 to focus on his family, has signed a deal with Sony Music and revealed the news during a media conference that streamed on his official website earlier today.

Brooks, 52, didn't release a date for his upcoming album, but hinted it would be this fall, revealing, "sometime around Black Friday is where we usually do our thing."

However, eager fans will finally be able to download digital c...

Garth Brooks Cancels Five-Night Run Of Concerts In Dublin, Ireland

7/8/2014 6:08pm EDT
Garth Brooks
A series of planned concerts in Ireland by country legend Garth Brooks have been scrapped following a dispute with the authorities that govern Dublin's Croke Park.

The singer was scheduled to play shows on July 25, 26 and 27 in the stadium, and after the shows sold out in minutes, two additional shows were added to the run on July 28 and 29 -- both of which also sold out in minutes.

City officials turned down permit requests from promoters for the two additional shows, prompting Brooks to give them an all-or-nothing ultimatum and saying if he couldn't play all five, he wouldn't play at al...

9 Music Videos Once Considered Controversial

4/17/2014 5:03pm EDT
Fiona Apple
Entertainment boundaries change all the time and while musicians have always been provocateurs, some of their music videos end up laughably formulaic after a few years. Here are 9 music videos once considered controversial.

Criminal - Fiona Apple. The song that made Fiona a hit in 1997 was attached to a dim music video that seemed to follow heroin addicts. The frail singer drapes herself across furniture and in bathtubs in various states of undress. When it was released, critics saw it as an advertisement for drug use and even child porn thanks to Apple's slight stature.

Dirrty - Ch...

Beyoncé Makes It 5 Number One Albums In A Row

12/19/2013 10:45pm EST
Beyoncé tops the Billboard 200 chart with her fifth studio album, the self-titled Beyoncé. This is huge news, considering the week was initially expected to be a bit slower with Garth Brooks, R. Kelly, and Childish Gambino stealing the notable headlines. Released just Friday, December 13 exclusively to iTunes (CDs are on their way save for Target), Beyoncé not only scores her fifth consecutive no. 1 album, but also her biggest sales week with 617,000 copies sold. Billboard earlier reported that Beyoncé had the largest selling sales week for an iTunes album. Compare it to the opening wee...

Garth Brooks Announces 2014 World Tour

12/10/2013 12:24am EST
Garth Brooks
Country superstar Garth Brooks has announced plans to head out on his first world tour in over a decade.

The "Friends In Low Places" singer announced his plans on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Monday, telling Robin Roberts that he's gotten his old band back together and gearing up for his first trek since 2002.

"We're going on a world tour in 2014, it begins..." he said. "It sure feels good to be able to throw your hat back in the ring."

Brooks says now that his three daughters with wife and fellow Country singer Trisha Yearwood are older he doesn't feel guilty leaving them.

"Our baby...

Garth Brooks Makes Special Trip To Oklahoma For Toby Keith's Benefit Concert

7/8/2013 7:41pm EDT
Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks was a busy man Saturday, jetting from Las Vegas to Norman, Oklahoma, with wife Trisha Yearwood to play at pal Toby Keith's benefit concert for victims of the tornadoes that ravaged the area in May.

Both singers made appearances during Keith's fundraiser at the University of Oklahoma's Memorial Stadium, where over 60,000 fans gathered for a day of country music from the likes of the three stars along with Willie Nelson, Ronnie Dunn and... Sammy Hagar.

Tickets for the show were all $25 and all the proceeds went to the Tornadoes Relief Fund at United Way of Central Oklahoma.


Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Usher, And Others Raise Millions With Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert

5/30/2013 2:07pm EDT
Blake Shelton Healing the Heartland
Several music stars gathered at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City to raise millions in charity for those affected by the devastating tornadoes in the state.

Blake Shelton organized the Healing in the Heartland event to air on NBC, where he also appears on The Voice. He started the show with a rendition of "God Gave Me You," and then gave the stage to Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder for musical performances.

Shelton’s wife Miranda Lambert focused on the displaced animals affected by the storms. She held back tears as she sang The House Th...

Justin Bieber And 10 Other Celebrities Who Hosted And Musically Performed On 'Saturday Night Live'

1/9/2013 1:07pm EST
Justin Bieber
On February 9, Justin Bieber will become the latest star to simultaneously host Saturday Night Live and perform as the episode's musical act. However, he's far from the first.

The Rolling Stones are the only entire band to provide comedy and music on the show. Everyone but Bill Hyman was involved in the sketch comedy way back in 1978. Last season, Mick Jagger returned to both host and sing, giving him the honor of being the star with the longest gap in time between appearances.

Janet Jackson headed both sides of SNL in 2004, only two months after her infamous wardrobe malfunction du...

Garth Brooks Inducted Into The Country Music Hall Of Fame

10/22/2012 2:44pm EDT
Garth Brooks
Singer Garth Brooks choked back tears as he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday by his musician pals James Taylor and George Strait.

Brooks was formally made a member of the prestigious organization in Nashville, Tennessee and to help celebrate the Grammy winner's big night, Taylor, Strait, and Bob Seger all performed in his honor and delivered rousing speeches.

Moved by the event, Brooks said, "When I came out here, Vince Gill looked at me and said this will be the greatest day of my life, and he was right. It was the best day of my professional life."

Fellow i...

10 Celebrity Heroes

7/25/2012 2:00pm EDT
Christian Bale
Christian Bale didn't have to visit the victims of the Colorado movie massacre, but that's exactly what he did on Tuesday. He didn't hold a press conference or alert the media; he simply visited the hospital, chatted with fans, and allowed people to take pictures with him.

A spokesperson for Warner Brothers told the Denver Post that Bale was not there on behalf of the film studio, but "there as himself."

The actor offered his condolences to those affected by the shootings that occurred during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" last Friday. Twelve people died and dozens were i...

Police Seek Suspected Trespasser On Garth Brooks' Property

3/8/2012 9:46pm EST
Garth Brooks
Oklahoma police are on the hunt for a man accused of trespassing on country star Garth Brooks' property after setting fire to a car.

One of the singer's neighbors reported the burning SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) to authorities on Thursday and when officers arrived at the scene, they spotted a male sprinting across the star's land.

Cops are trying to track down the man, who has yet to be identified, and question him about the incident after discovering the vehicle had been reported stolen on Wednesday.

It is not known if the "Two Pina Coladas" hitmaker was at home when the drama occurred...

Garth Brooks Leads 2012 Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductees

3/6/2012 2:27pm EST
Garth Brooks
Singer Garth Brooks is set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year.

The two-time Grammy Award winner, singer Connie Smith and session musician Hargus 'Pig' Robbins will make up the class of 2012.

Brooks will be celebrated in the Modern Era Artist category, Smith will round out the Veterans Era Artist category and Robbins, who has worked with Bob Dylan and Loretta Lynn, will be feted in the Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980 category.

And Friends in Low Places hit-maker Brooks couldn't be more thrilled.

He says, "I am astounded and honor...

Bob Seger To Receive Songwriters Hall Of Fame Honor

2/22/2012 10:17am EST
Bob Seger
Veteran rocker Bob Seger is set to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this summer.

The Grammy-winning star will join folk songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, country lyricist Don Schlitz and Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell composer Jim Steinman in the class of 2012, while men behind

The Fantasticks musical, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, will also be honored.

The stars will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a special ceremony in New York on June 14th.

Last year's honorees included Garth Brooks, Leon Russell and Allen Toussaint.

Happy 50th Birthday, Garth Brooks!

2/7/2012 8:30am EST
Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks will be partying with "Friends In Low Places" on Tuesday - the country superstar turns 50 today!

Since his debut in 1989, Oklahoma-born Troyal Garth Brooks has won a haul of trophies including two Grammys and 24 Billboard Music Awards, wooed and wed country star Trisha Yearwood, and been named one of the top selling solo artists of the 20th century - second only to Elvis Presley.

Credited with helping turn country music into a worldwide phenomenon, Brooks shows no signs of slowing down as he continues to draw thousands of fans to the Las Vegas strip every week for his sold-o...

Garth Brooks Gets Emotional In Hospital Donation Testimony

1/21/2012 6:00pm EST
Garth Brooks
Country star Garth Brooks fought back tears as he testified against Oklahoma hospital officials accused of misappropriating a $500,000 donation intended to fund a new health centre in memory of his mother.

The singer sent the cheque to the Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon in 2005 and claims the generous gift was handed over on the condition that the money be used to build a new wing for women and named after his late mum, Colleen.

According to Brooks, hospital representatives showed the star architectural plans for the building and promised to save the funds for the pro...

Garth Brooks Considering Politics?

12/8/2011 9:14pm EST
Garth Brooks
Country star Garth Brooks is considering a run for public office after witnessing the daily struggles for poverty-stricken Haitians firsthand.

The singer/songwriter admits his recent trip to the earthquake-ravaged nation made him realize just how lucky most Americans are - and how easily parts of the country could become mirror images of Haiti.

He tells Country Weekly magazine, "With a few bad decisions, my own country could be in that shape in a few years... If we cannot stop voting on what's Democratic and what's Republican instead of what's right or wrong, we are doomed. Maybe it'll be...

Country Music Stars Raise $150,000 For Domestic Violence Charity

6/15/2011 1:32pm EDT
Martina McBride
Country stars including Keith Urban and Martina McBride have helped raise more than $150,000 for a domestic violence charity in Nashville, Tennessee.

The musicians offered up personal prizes as part of a celebrity auction to benefit the city's Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) organization, which helps women leave abusive households.

A dress belonging to McBride attracted a top bid of $27,000 and she helped raise a further $17,500 by offering to take a fan on a personal tour of recording studio owned by her husband John, as well as selling an outfit worn in her Teenage Daughter...

Morgan Freeman Honored With American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award

6/10/2011 8:20am EDT
Morgan Freeman
Hollywood legends including Clint Eastwood, Sidney Poitier and Samuel L. Jackson paid tribute to Morgan Freeman as he was honored with the American Film Institute's (AFI) Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday.

The Shawshank Redemption star was handed the prestigious honor to mark a stellar career which has included a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Million Dollar Baby, and an array of notable roles in movies including Invictus, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy, and The Dark Knight.

He was made the 39th recipient of AFI's Lifetime Achievement Award at a special ceremony at Sony Studios in Culv...

Reba McEntire Inducted Into Country Music Hall Of Fame

5/23/2011 8:27am EDT
Reba McEntire
Reba McEntire was saluted for her career achievements as she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday.

The Somewhere star was joined by fellow singer Jean Shepard and songwriter Bobby Braddock as they were honored at a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee.

Newlyweds Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, who married in Texas on May 14th, were among the stars on hand to help induct the trio.

Garth Brooks and Vince Gill also joined in at the event, while George Jones sang Braddock's track He Stopped Loving Her Today, which was a hit for him in 1980.

Braddock is the first ind...

Drake To Be Honored By Songwriters Hall Of Fame

3/26/2011 7:30am EDT
Hip-hop sensation Drake is set to receive a top honor at the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards in June.

The Fancy hit-maker will be presented with the Hal David Starlight Award at the 42nd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner in New York. The prize is given to songwriters who have made a significant impact in the music industry through original songs.

Announcing the news on Thursday, Songwriting Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb says, "Drake shines as a talented songwriter with a unique vision."

Country sweetheart Taylor Swift was handed the honor last year, while Alicia Keys, ...

Hugh Martin, 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' Songwriter, Dies At 96

3/13/2011 11:54am EDT
Hugh Martin | Photo Credits: Jesse Grant/WireImage
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" songwriter Hugh Martin has died. He was 96.

Martin is best known for composing the score to the 1944 musical Meet Me In St. Louis, in which Judy Garland famously performs the song that became a seasonal classic. Martin and songwriting partner Ralph Blane received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for writing the film's "The Trolley Song."

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Billy Joel 'Live At Shea Stadium' CD/DVD Available Everywhere Now; Full Album Streaming at AOL Music

3/8/2011 10:19pm EST
Billy Joel
Billy Joel has just released the live concert album/film Live at Shea Stadium, which is currently streaming at AOL Music. For more information and to order a copy visit

The full-concert companion to the acclaimed Lionsgate documentary "The Last Play At Shea," Billy Joel Live At Shea Stadium features more than two hours of Billy and his band offering definitive, and often transcendent versions of hits, rarities, deep catalog, personal favorites and crowd-pleasing surprises including duets with guest artists Paul McCartney ("I Saw Her Standing There," "Let It Be"), ...

Music Valentines: Most Romantic Couples In Country Music

2/14/2011 2:22pm EST
It's no secret; When it comes to romance, Country music stars are the most romantic valentines. Whether in public or private, these romantic couples wear their hearts on their sleeves, and go whole hog when it comes to lovin.' Here are our favorite romantic couples in Country music.

Faith Hill & Tim McGraw

Besides being some of Country music's biggest sex symbols, singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are a romantic Country music pairing that couldn't be more perfect. The married couple, besides a deep common love of music, now share a family of three daughters.

Lisa Hartman Blac...

Alan Jackson To Receive Top ASCAP Honor

8/9/2010 5:30pm EDT
Alan Jackson
Country music star Alan Jackson is set to be honored with the prestigious Founders Award at the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Country Music Awards next month.

The I'll Try hit-maker will be feted at the organization's 48th annual ceremony, held at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on September 14th. The event will honor songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed country songs from April 1st, 2009 through March 31st, 2010.

The Founders Award is one of ASCAP's top prizes, handed to stars who have "made pioneering contributions to...