Garth Brooks :: Charts & Sales History

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Postby thebigham » Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:54 pm

Albums:

1990: Garth Brooks 10xp
1990: No Fences 17xp
1991: Ropin' The Wind 14xp
1992: The Chase 9xp
1992: Beyond The Season 3xp
1993: In Pieces 8xp
1994: The Hits 10xp
1995: Fresh Horses 7xp
1995: Garth Brooks Collection 3xp - sold only at McDonalds
1997: Sevens 10xp
1998: The Limited Series - the individual albums were re-certified
1998: Double Live 21xp (2-cd album)
1999: Chris Gaines 2xp
1999: The Magic of Christmas 1xp
2001: Scarecrow 5xp
2005: The Lost Sessions 3xp
2007: The Ultimate Hits 5xp

Total: 128xp
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Postby Dane » Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:56 pm

The Walmart deal is over, and a certification update has been annunced to be imminent.
Supposedly he sold almost 20M units during the first year of the deal!
The upcoming Ultimate Garth Brooks cd including 4 new songs is gonna be a huge (catalog) seller.

There is a Garth Brooks thread in this forum already:

http://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=41630
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Postby thebigham » Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:28 pm

Dane wrote:The Walmart deal is over, and a certification update has been annunced to be imminent.
Supposedly he sold almost 20M units during the first year of the deal!
The upcoming Ultimate Garth Brooks cd including 4 new songs is gonna be a huge (catalog) seller.

There is a Garth Brooks thread in this forum already:

http://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=41630
Yes, but let's use this one since the that one is just about Wal-Mart sales.
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Postby thebigham » Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:29 pm

http://tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/art ... 90390/1364

Sunday, 08/19/07

Retired Garth still swings for radio hits
New CD boxed set to bring media blitz

By PETER COOPER
Staff Writer

Retired country superstar Garth Brooks is still retired country superstar Garth Brooks, and he says he'll stay that way until his youngest daughter graduates from high school in 2015.

But the biggest-selling country act in music history believes he's still packing hits. On Saturday, he announced he's putting out another boxed set — this one containing four new songs — and he spent time explaining that just because he's retired from touring doesn't mean he won't compete for spins at country radio.

The presence of radio promotions wizard Scott Borchetta at the morning Renaissance Nashville Hotel news conference and the decision to corral 200 radio executives and dozens of music retailers in Music City for what was billed as the "Garth Radio Seminar" signals a seriousness about staying viable in the mainstream country market.

Though Brooks won't tour or release a full-length album of new material, he plans to saturate the national media this fall.

"You're going to see us everywhere," said Brooks, 45. "It's my job to let people know it's out there. And then after February, I'm going to go back to whatever I was doing before this."

The first single, a lost-love song called "More Than A Memory," will go to country radio on Aug. 27, and it will be "represented" (read: pushed aggressively) by Big Machine Records and Borchetta, its president and CEO.

"He's made great music that stands next to his early songs," Borchetta said. "I think we can go three (singles) deep, and I think these are big hits."

Royalties reconfigured

The new set, called The Ultimate Hits, will hit stores Nov. 6. It's essentially a greatest-hits package, plus the new songs and a DVD that has videos for each of the set's 34 tracks.

For the past two years, Brooks has sold his music exclusively at Wal-Mart, but this time it will be available to all retailers.

It will not, however, be available online through services such as iTunes: Brooks wants to release the material only as a set, and iTunes prefers to allow downloads of individual tracks.

Brooks announced his retirement in 2001. In 2004, Capitol Records released a greatest-hits collection. In 2005, Brooks put out The Lost Sessions, a CD of previously unreleased songs, most of them outtakes from earlier albums. That same year, Wal-Mart handled the All Access boxed set, and the "Good Ride Cowboy" single reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. In 2006, Wal-Mart and Sam's Club began carrying a five-disc DVD boxed set, The Entertainer.

As with All Access and The Entertainer, Brooks will issue The Ultimate Hits through his own Pearl Records, and it will come at a price much lower than competing sets'. At big-box stores, The Ultimate Hits will be sold for between $11 and $14, Brooks said.

Such pricing is made possible in part by a reconfiguring of songwriter royalties: Writers of Brooks' past hits take a smaller piece of the royalty pie, knowing that the pie itself will be bigger when it's a Brooks reissue than if it was a less-popular artist's release.

"Suppose (writer) Kent Blazy makes $10 a year with his regular songwriting cut," Brooks said. "He might take a 50% cut, knowing that you'll be making $100 instead of $10. We try to take care of the songwriters, and the songwriters have stepped up to make this happen."

Writers of the four new songs receive standard royalty shares, as they would on any other artist's boxed set, and the chance to sell the three discs for less than most single-disc albums cost is liable to increase sales. Thus, the royalty checks for songs such as Blazy's "If Tomorrow Never Comes" should total well more than $100.

He could surpass Elvis

While Nielsen SoundScan hasn't tallied Brooks' Wal-Mart sales because of the exclusive retail agreement, the Recording Industry Association of America does keep track of what Brooks has sold and shipped.

A significant jump in sales could place Brooks ahead of Elvis Presley as the top-selling solo act in American popular music history. Borchetta said the updated figures should be impressive.

"That's for a future press conference, this fall," he said. "It's a big number."


On Saturday, Brooks appeared trimmer and fitter than in recent years, another indication that he's willing to work in order to compete in the current market.

"Keith Urban is a beautiful guy, and he can sing his butt off," Brooks said. "If you're not willing to bring your 'A' game to this, you'll get run over."

Scott Lindy, Sirius Satellite Radio's director of country programming, was one of the radio programmers who heard the new songs on Saturday.

"For me, this is an instant add to heavy rotation," Lindy said of "More Than A Memory."

By that, he means the song will quickly become one of the most-played songs on Sirius' country channels.

"The audience will make the decision, but to heavily expose this out of the gate is a no-brainer."

Borchetta's confidence and Lindy's enthusiasm sound convincing, but Brooks has not topped the Billboard country singles chart since 1998's "To Make You Feel My Love."

"Radio is going to make him prove himself," said John Hart, who runs Bullseye Marketing and Research Inc. "In radio, we eat our young. We ran Garth out, we ran the Dixie Chicks out. I mean, how silly can it get? But I would not ever bet against Garth. The odds are in his favor, Scott Borchetta is a bulldog, and on the 'Know Him?' meter, Garth is at the top of the heap."
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Postby NothingFails » Thu Aug 23, 2007 7:04 pm

they're promoting his new cd like crazy, but the truth is, does anyone really care about Garth Brooks anymore? Double Live was his last huge seller. Scarecrow was a bit of a disappointment when compared to albums that "lesser" male country acts like Tim McGraw and Alan Jackson had out at the time, and nobody talks about him anymore outside of mentions of phenomenally successful US 90's artists. I mean, the guy's cd's are exclusively sold at WAL-MART, how tacky is that?
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Postby Danny86 » Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:45 pm

NothingFails wrote:nobody talks about him anymore outside of mentions of phenomenally successful US 90's artists
That's true, I don't even know any of his music, but he's always mentioned in certifications and chart stuff. He seems to be quite chart and number obsessed to me, I read what he did on Super Tuesday with Double Live to sell a million out of the gate, and that "it's a big number" quote is also disturbing.
But I am interested in checking out his music, any suggestions?
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Postby Edu » Fri Aug 24, 2007 1:15 am

Actually the guy is not that bad, check the song "The Dance", even if generally ballads don't make great impression on me, the first time i heard this one i understood right away the reason he sold so many records in the deep heart of America, and another thing, this guy was the first artist to refuse an award because he said he didn't deserve it, it was an American Music Award, and he did it live at the ceremony when he was supposed to take it (the award) home, he left it on the top of the table and walked away after saying some words!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcQFRjtxpLM

Another curiosity is that his "The Hits" album is the largest limited edition CD ever with 10 million copies shipped in the USA :o (retailers had only some months to order the album and after that time Garth Brooks buried the master tape or something like that to ensure that no more copies would be manufactured!)

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Postby Dane » Fri Aug 24, 2007 5:44 am

Edu wrote: and another thing, this guy was the first artist to refuse an award because he said he didn't deserve it, it was an American Music Award, and he did it live when he was supposed to take it!

Another curiosity is that his "The Hits" album is the largest limited edition CD ever with 10 million copies shipped in the USA
Thanks, that's interesting! I din't know that. I always wondered why "The Hits" stopped selling in 2000. One would have thought it would keep selling.
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Postby Danny86 » Fri Aug 24, 2007 12:00 pm

Thanx for the video link, doesn't sound bad indeed.

The award refusal sheds a different light on him...
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Postby Basil » Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:33 pm

OK lets take a more close up view of Garth Brooks sales

Part One

US Shipments

Key
year of release
year of riaa certification
title
riaa shipment
soundscan total since 1991 - courtesy of Hanboo

Studio Albums
1989 1996 Garth Brooks - 7,000,000 - 4,100,000
1990 1998 No Fences - 14,000,000 - 9,008,000
1991 1998 Ropin' the Wind - 12,000,000 - 9,570,000
1992 1995 The Chase - 6,000,000 - 5,110,000
1993 1997 In Pieces - 6,000,000 - 4,300,000
1995 1996 Fresh Horses - 4,000,000 - 3,800,000
1997 2000 Sevens - 7,000,000 - 5,725,000
1999 1999 Chris Gaines - 2,000,000 - n/a
2001 2001 Scarecrow - 3,000,000 - 2,900,000

Live Albums
1998 2003 Double Live - 8,000,000 - 6,015,000

Christmas
1992 1995 Beyond the Season - 3,000,000 - 2,600,000
1999 1999 Magic Of Christmas - 1,000,000 - 1,000,000

Compilations
1994 1995 The Collection - 3,000,000 - None***
1994 1998 The Hits - 10,000,000 - 7,820,000
1998 1998 The Limited Series - 2,000,000 - approx 2m
2005 2006 The Limited Series Vol 2 - 2,000,000 - None***

*** Not tracked by soundscan

Total Shipment 90,000,000

Soundscan Total of above figures - 63,948,000

Soundscan Total end of 2006 - 66,031,000

The difference between the 2 soundscan totals is 2,083,000. This can be accounted for by

Sales of Chris Gaines
Some sales are a year old, so small updates
Interview/Karaoke albums.

What about the difference between shipments - 90m and soundscan 66m. 24m sales "missing"

Well, The Collection and The Limited Series 2 weren't tracked by soundscan and total about 5m. This reduces the deficit to 19m.

His first 2 albums charted in May and Sep 1990. With soundscan starting in Mar 1991 these early sales are missing. Hard to estimate how many - perhaps 5 or 6 million from certifications in 1990 and 1991. Still leaves about 13m deficit.

These could be record club sales, but we don't have any. None apparently sold through the BMG club.

Could also be
- mail order houses
- speciality stores
- early internet sales
- sales at concerts
- direct marketing - TV and so on
- the effects of "weighting" for soundscan figures in the 1990's
- overshipments

Perhaps a combination of all these.


Part Two

So what about the riaa totals?

I make his shipments 90m.

The riaa gives 116m.

The difference is due to unique trickery.

The Limited Series Box Set was limited to 2m copies which all sold. But this shipment was inflated to 12m copies by adding 2m to each of the 6 albums it contained (the first 6 studio albums)

The Limited Series Box Set Vol 2 was again limited to 2m copies. The shipment was inflated by adding to the contents thus

Double Live - 4m
Sevens - 2m
Scarecrow - 2m
Lost Sessions - 2m (only in this box set)

The 6th disc was a DVD.

In addition when Double Live was 16xP it had only shipped 8m copies.

So the Garth Brooks total was inflated by 26 million copies by this sleight of hand.

By counting each album, double CD and box set as I sale (like everyone else) his true riaa shipment total is 90 million.
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Postby MJDangerous » Fri Aug 24, 2007 5:46 pm

Basil wrote:The difference is due to unique trickery.
The only trickery is your comments. I don't know how you can pretend to have an opinion more fair than the RIAA and degrade his album certifications.

Limited Series Box Sets were strictly the 6 initial CDs, with nothing extra, none bonus, according to their rules their consequently counted the 2m + 2m for each 11 Cds in total, nothing shocking.

Funny to see how you decrease his total while in the same time you add zillions extra sales to Elvis...
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Postby Danny86 » Sat Aug 25, 2007 10:58 am

I don't think he was degrading the RIAA, more likely he called the release of the box set as "trickery", which actually is.
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Postby pagronek » Sat Aug 25, 2007 3:18 pm

Great analysis of Garth's sales, Basil. Good to be back seeing you're still here.

I'm pretty sure Garth was a massive club seller in music clubs' golden days. He's just that kind of artist.
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Postby evaorig » Sat Aug 25, 2007 3:52 pm

I'd like to know Garth's sales outside of the USA clearly 95 percent of them were in the USA but i want to know if he sold anywhere else?
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Postby MJDangerous » Sat Aug 25, 2007 4:42 pm

evaorig wrote:I'd like to know Garth's sales outside of the USA clearly 95 percent of them were in the USA but i want to know if he sold anywhere else?
Some stats/estimates out of the US :

No Fences (1990) :
Canada : 800.000
Australie : 70.000
Irlande : #1 (7)

Ropin’ The Wind (1991) :
Canada : 650.000
Australie : 35.000
Nouvelle-Zélande : 10.000
Angleterre : 30.000
Irlande : 45.000+
Norvège : #14 (3)
Pays-Bas : #59 (8)

Beyond The Season (1992) :
Canada : 200.000

The Chase (1992) :
Canada : 650.000
Allemagne : 40.000
Irlande : 15.000+
Pays-Bas : #80 (6)

In Pieces (1993) :
Canada : 650.000
Australie : 140.000
UK : 200.000
Allemagne : 25.000
Irlande : 60.000+ (#1 (2))
Norvège : #18 (2)

The Hits (1994) :
Canada : 1.300.000
Australie : 70.000
UK : 250.000
Allemagne : 120.000
Irlande : 120.000 (#1 (9))
Norvège : #3 (7)(15)
Autriche : #35 (2)
Pays-Bas : #52 (9)
Suisse : #17 (10)

Fresh Horses (1995) :
Canada : 600.000
Australie : 140.000
UK : 120.000
Allemagne : 40.000
Irlande : #1 (2)
Norvège : #10 (7)
Pays-Bas : #47 (10)
Suisse : #35 (2)

Sevens (1997) :
Canada : 650.000
UK : 90.000
Allemagne : 60.000
Norvège : #8 (8)
Pays-Bas : #50 (14)
Suisse : #38 (5)

Double Live (1998) :
Canada : 750.000
UK : 50.000
Irlande : #3
Norvège : 20.000 (#15 (10))

Garth Brooks In…The Life Of Chris Gaines (1999) :
Canada : 100.000
UK : 10.000
Allemagne : 15.000
Irlande : #1 (1)
Norvège : #13 (4)

Garth Brooks & The Magic Of Christmas (1999) :
Canada : 100.000

Scarecrow (2001) :
Canada : 200.000
UK : 20.000
Allemagne : 25.000
Irlande : #6
Norvège : #32 (2)
Suisse : #77 (3)

The Lost Sessions (2005) :
Ireland : #7
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Postby evaorig » Sat Aug 25, 2007 5:35 pm

Thanks MJD for answering my question 8-) Canada is his biggest market outside of the USA.
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Postby Basil » Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:53 am

Danny86 wrote:I don't think he was degrading the RIAA, more likely he called the release of the box set as "trickery", which actually is.
Thanks Danny, that is correct.

Garth is certainly not alone in having a higher riaa total than the number of albums actually sold.

The Beatles riaa total of 170m is massively reduced (when you take account of double albums and box sets) to 131.975m.

The Elvis total is reduced from 119.5m to 100m. I mean 7.5m of that 119.5m is 7" EP's!! :o No way do they count as albums in my book.

The only big selling artist where this is not the case is Celine Dion. Her riaa total is 49m and my total for her is also 49m because she has no double albums or box sets certified.

http://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.p ... 47&start=0

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Postby Basil » Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:58 am

pagronek wrote:Good to be back seeing you're still here.
And it's excellent to hear from you again, my friend. :D

pagronek wrote:I'm pretty sure Garth was a massive club seller in music clubs' golden days. He's just that kind of artist.
Indeed. From the figures we have (and I wish there were more) it seems the 90's were a big decade for record clubs, and the 90's was definitely Garth's decade.
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Postby pagronek » Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:40 am

Some good sales for Garth outside US, even outside Canada. Didn't expect it.

Again we can notice how country music is more popular in Ireland than in UK.
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Postby nisse » Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:44 am

MJDangerous wrote:
Basil wrote:The difference is due to unique trickery.
The only trickery is your comments. I don't know how you can pretend to have an opinion more fair than the RIAA and degrade his album certifications.

Limited Series Box Sets were strictly the 6 initial CDs, with nothing extra, none bonus, according to their rules their consequently counted the 2m + 2m for each 11 Cds in total, nothing shocking.

Funny to see how you decrease his total while in the same time you add zillions extra sales to Elvis...[/quote]

MJ you really hate Elvis don’t you. I don’t hate Michael and nobody else. It’s so stupid to hate somebody you don’t now.
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Postby MJDangerous » Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:51 am

nisse wrote:MJ you really hate Elvis don’t you. I don’t hate Michael and nobody else. It’s so stupid to hate somebody you don’t now.
The only thing that I hate is fake informations. I think just the same of you about people that "hate" someone that they don't even know, that's stupid.

BTW, I have nothing against Elvis, I even like some of his songs.
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Postby nisse » Sun Aug 26, 2007 12:02 pm

Quote
The only thing that I hate is fake informations. I think just the same of you about people that "hate" someone that they don't even know, that's stupid.

BTW, I have nothing against Elvis, I even like some of his songs.[/quote]

Ok MJ, that’s good.
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Postby thebigham » Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:56 pm

I had this in an old email:

From the 10/14/00 issue of Billboard:

Garth Brooks - 4.1
No Fences - 8.6
Ropin' The Wind - 9.4
The Chase - 5.1
Beyond The Season - 2.6
In Pieces - 4.3
The Hits - 7.8
Fresh Horses - 3.8
Sevens - 5.6
The Limited Series - 1.8
Double Live - 5.2
Chris Gaines - 1.1
The Magic of Christmas - 1.0
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Postby MJDangerous » Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:58 pm

NothingFails wrote:they're promoting his new cd like crazy, but the truth is, does anyone really care about Garth Brooks anymore?
I you sure about that ? Over 12,5m audience in 1 day alone on country radio :o

With such an airplay support, his new stuff will sell very well for sure.
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Postby MJDangerous » Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:54 pm

First week of spins is now completed, with an audience of 42.509 millions at Country radio he enters immediatly at #1, this is quite impressive. Over 6,400 spins already.
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