Artist Countdown: Garth Brooks Top 50 Hits 2pm ET @BrooksGarth

Garth–BrooksTroyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962) is an American country music singer and songwriter. His eponymous first album was released in 1989 and peaked at number 2 in the US country album chart while climbing to number 13 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Brooks’ integration of rock elements into his recordings and live performances earned him immense popularity. This progressive approach allowed him to dominate the country single and album charts while crossing over into the mainstream pop arena.

Brooks broke records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s. As of 2013, his recordings continue to sell well and, according to Nielsen Soundscan, his albums sales up to May 2013 are 68,630,000, which makes him the best-selling albums artist in the United States in the SoundScan era (since 1991), a title held since 1991, well over 5 million ahead of his nearest rival, The Beatles. According to RIAA he is the second best-selling solo albums artist in the United States of all time behind Elvis Presley (overall third to the Beatles and Elvis Presley) with 128 million units sold. Brooks is also one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 190 million records (albums, singles, and video).

Brooks has released six albums that achieved diamond status in the United States, those being: Garth Brooks (10× platinum), No Fences (17× platinum), Ropin’ the Wind (14× platinum), The Hits (10× platinum), Sevens (10× platinum) and Double Live (21× platinum). Since 1989, Brooks has released 19 records in all, which include; 10 studio albums, 1 live album, 3 compilation albums, 3 Christmas albums and 3 box sets, along with 77 singles. He won several important awards in his career, including 2 Grammy Awards, 17 American Music Awards (including the “Artist of the ’90s”) and the RIAA Award as Best selling solo albums artist of the Century in the United States.

Troubled by conflicts between career and family, Brooks officially retired from recording and performing from 2001 until 2009. During this time, he sold millions of albums through an exclusive distribution deal with Walmart and sporadically released new singles. In 2005, Brooks started a partial comeback, and has since given several performances and released two compilation albums.

On October 15, 2009, Garth Brooks announced the end of his retirement. In December 2009, he began a five-year concert deal with the Encore Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. In 2014 his contract with Encore ended. On July 10, 2014, he announced his signing with Sony Music Nashville, as well as confirming plans for an upcoming album, world tour, and the release of his music in a digital format.

Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 21, 2012. – Wikipedia

Artist Countdown: Martina McBride Top 50 Hits 1pm ET @martinamcbride

martina-mcbrideMartina Mariea Schiff (born July 29, 1966), known professionally as Martina McBride, is an American country music singer and songwriter. McBride has been called the “Celine Dion of Country Music” for her big-voiced ballads and soprano range. McBride was signed to RCA Nashville in 1991, and made her debut the following year as a neo-traditionalist country singer with the single, “The Time Has Come.” Over time, she developed a pop-styled crossover sound, similar to that of Faith Hill and Shania Twain, and has had a string of major hit singles on the Billboard country chart and occasionally on the adult contemporary chart. Five of these singles went to No. 1 on the country chart between 1995 and 2001, and one peaked at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart in 2003. McBride has recorded a total of eleven studio albums, one greatest hits compilation, one “live” album, a Christmas compilation, as well as two additional compilation albums. Seven of her studio albums and two of her compilations have received an RIAA Gold certification, or higher. In the U.S. she has sold over 14 million albums. In addition, McBride has won the Country Music Association’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” award four times (tied with Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert for the most wins) and the Academy of Country Music’s “Top Female Vocalist” award three times. – Wikipedia

1 Valentine (featuring Jim Brickman) 
2 I Love You
3 Anyway
4 This One’s for the Girls
5 Wrong Again
6 Whatever You Say
7 In My Daughter’s Eyes
8 Love’s the Only House
9 Still Holding On (with Clint Black)
10 A Broken Wing
11 There You Are
12 My Baby Loves Me
13 Wild Angels
14 Happy Girl
15 Life #9
16 Independence Day
17 Blessed
18 The Time Has Come
19 Safe in the Arms of Love
20 Where Would You Be
21 Phones Are Ringin’ All Over Town
22 Concrete Angel
23 Heart Trouble
24 Chances Are  (w/ Bob Seger)
25 I’m Gonna Love You Through It
26 Cry on the Shoulder of the Road
27 When God-Fearin’ Women Get the Blues
28 Swingin’ Doors
29 How Far
30 Care Kid Rock (with T.I.)
31 Wrong Baby Wrong
32 That’s Me
33 Cheap Whiskey
34 Ride
35 God’s Will
36 It’s My Time
37 I Just Call You Mine
38 (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden
39 Teenage Daughters
40 How I Feel
41 Trip Around the Sun  (w/ Jimmy Buffett)
42 Practice Life (w/ Andy Griggs)
43 For These Times
44 Marry Me (featuring Pat Monahan)
45 Where I Used to Have a Heart
46 I Still Miss Someone (featuring Dolly Parton)
47 This Small Divide
48 Come See About Me
49 Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man (with Alan Jackson)
50 If You Don’t Know Me By Now