Breaking down Brooks: Garth by the numbers

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Garth Brooks is a numbers guy. Amid his hundreds of millions of dollars in tour grosses and tens of millions of album sales, there's one number that drives the country megastar and his career: No. 1.

Brooks has long sought to be the No. 1 selling artist in music history. And his current tour has the building blocks to eventually become the No. 1 tour of all-time.

With the country megastar readying six concerts at Joe Louis Arena — his first area concerts since 1996 — here's a look at Brooks' life and career, by the numbers.


70.3 million: U.S. album sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan, placing him at No. 1 ahead of the Beatles (more than 66 million), Metallica (54 million), Mariah Carey (54 million) and Celine Dion (52 million) [SoundScan only tracks sales data from 1991 onward, so there's an asterisk next to his crown]

9.6 million: Sales of "Ropin' the Wind," his best-seller, according to SoundScan

21: Gold and platinum album certifications, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (15 of those are certified multi-platinum)

7: Ranking of "Double Live" on RIAA's list of all-time best selling albums

9: Studio albums

9: No. 1 albums on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart

6: Songs charted on Billboard's Hot 100 chart

46: Highest Billboard Hot 100 chart position (for "Wrapped Up in You")

19: No. 1 songs on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart

2: Holiday albums ("Beyond the Season" in 1992, "Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas" in 1999)

13: Years between farewell album "Scarecrow" and comeback album "Man Against Machine"

130,000: First week sales of "Man Against Machine"

4: Peak chart position of "Man Against Machine" on Billboard's Top 200


16: Years since last tour

5.5 million: Attendance for 1996-1998 World Tour, No. 3 on the list of all-time tours (behind U2's 360 Tour, which played to 7.3 million fans, and the Rolling Stones' Voodoo Lounge outing, which hit 6.6 million)

$105 million: Gross for 1996-1998 World Tour

188,000: Tickets sold in Minneapolis on current tour, a North American record for tickets sold in a single city

107,000: Tickets sold for the Joe Louis concerts

103,458: Tickets sold at five Palace of Auburn Hills shows in May 1996

$66: Price of tickets for Joe Louis shows

$18: Price of tickets for Palace shows in 1996


53: Years old

39: Age when he announced his retirement from music

9: Years married to Trisha Yearwood

3: Children (and one grandchild)


23: Academy of Country Music Award wins (including 6 Entertainer of the Year awards)

12: American Music Award wins

17: Billboard Music Award wins

9: Country Music Association Award wins (including 3 Entertainer of the Year awards)

13: Grammy nominations

2: Grammy wins (Best Country Vocal Performance, Male for "Ropin' the Wind," Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for "In Another's Eyes," with Trisha Yearwood)


1.59 million: Facebook likes

146,000: Twitter followers

60,600: Instagram followers


211: Length, in feet, of his best javelin throw at Oklahoma State University, which he attended on a track and field scholarship

3: Appearances on "Saturday Night Live" (musical guest in 1992, host and musical guest in 1998 and host and musical guest — the latter as his altar ego Chris Gaines — in 1999)

1: Times "Friends in Low Places" was played on "Beverly Hills, 90210" (on episode 14 of the show's second season)

Garth Brooks

7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Feb. 27-28, 10:30 p.m. Feb. 28

Joe Louis Arena

19 Steve Yzerman Dr., Detroit

Tickets $66

(313) 983-6606