Garth Brooks replaces Elvis as industry heavyweight

November 8, 2007

The Recording Industry Association of America has taken time out from suing 12-year-olds to announce that Garth Brooks has surpassed Elvis as the all-time best selling recording artist. Garth has sold a total of 123 million albums, while the King has racked up sales of 118.5.

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I doubt that Garth’s record, so to speak, will ever be broken. He hit his big numbers in the days before file-sharing and iTunes. Look at the dates on these mega-sellers: No Fences (1990), Ropin the Wind (1991), The Hits (1994) and Double Live (1998).