Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962) is an American country music artist. 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 quickly crossing over into the mainstream pop arena, exposing country music to a larger audience.
Brooks has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in popular music history, breaking records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s. His recordings continue to sell well and, according to Nielsen Soundscan, his albums sales through 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. Furthermore, 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 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.
Country music is a genre of American popular music that originated in the rural regions of the Southern United States in the 1920s. It takes its roots from the southeastern genre of American folk music and Western music. Blues modes have been used extensively throughout its recorded history. Country music often consists of ballads and dance tunes with generally simple forms and harmonies accompanied by mostly string instruments such as banjos, electric and acoustic guitars, fiddles, and harmonicas.
The term country music gained popularity in the 1940s in preference to the earlier term hillbilly music; it came to encompass Western music, which evolved parallel to hillbilly music from similar roots, in the mid-20th century. The term country music is used today to describe many styles and subgenres. In 2009 country music was the most listened to rush hour radio genre during the evening commute, and second most popular in the morning commute in the United States.
In general, American music may refer to music of the Americas or music of the United States.
Specifically, American Music can refer to:
Patricia Lynn "Trisha" Yearwood (born September 19, 1964), is an American singer, author and actress. She is best known for her ballads about vulnerable young women from a female perspective that have been described by some music critics as "strong" and "confident." Yearwood is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2000.
Yearwood rose to fame in 1991, with her debut single, "She's in Love with the Boy", which became her first No. 1 single and was featured on her self-titled debut album. Yearwood has continued to find much success and widespread critical acclaim releasing a further ten studio albums, which spawned eight more No. 1 singles and twenty top ten hits combined, such as "Walkaway Joe", "The Song Remembers When", "Thinkin' About You", "I'll Still Love You More" and "I Would've Loved You Anyway". In 1997, Yearwood recorded the song "How Do I Live" for the soundtrack of the movie Con Air. It became her signature song, achieving high positions and sales worldwide, and won Yearwood a Grammy Award. She has also recorded successful duets with her husband, Country superstar Garth Brooks, including "In Another's Eyes", which won the couple a Grammy Award.
The Song Remembers When is the third studio album by American country music artist, Trisha Yearwood. The album was released October 26, 1993 on MCA Nashville Records and was produced by Garth Fundis. It was Yearwood's second collaboration with Fundis, who also produced her 1992 album, Hearts in Armor which received wide critical acclaim. The title track was the album's lead single, becoming a major hit, peaking at #2 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1993.
The discography of Trisha Yearwood, an American country artist, consists of ten studio albums, four compilation albums, one video album, and forty three singles. After recording as a background vocalist for Garth Brooks in the late 1980s, Yearwood signed a recording contract with MCA Records in 1990.
In July 1991, Yearwood's self-titled debut album was released, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #31 on the Billboard 200, selling one million copies in the United States and eventually selling two million copies. The album's lead single "She's in Love with the Boy" reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart that year, making Yearwood the first female to reach number one with a debut single since 1964. Her second album released in September 1992 entitled Hearts in Armor geared more towards Yearwood's artistic direction, certifying platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and spawning the Top 5 Billboard country singles "Wrong Side of Memphis" and "Walkaway Joe". The Song Remembers When was issued the following October and also certified platinum, while also peaking at #6 on the Billboard Top Country Albums list and #40 on the Billboard 200. After the release of a holiday album, Yearwood released her fourth studio release Thinkin' About You, which produced two number one singles between 1994 and 1995. Her 1996 single "Believe Me Baby (I Lied)" from her fifth studio album Everybody Knows would also reach number one on the Billboard country chart.
Entertainment is a form of activity that holds the attention and interest of an audience, or gives pleasure and delight. It can be an idea or a task, but is more likely to be one of the activities or events that have developed over thousands of years specifically for the purpose of keeping an audience's attention. Although people's attention is held by different things, because individuals have different preferences in entertainment, most forms are recognisable and familiar. Storytelling, music, drama, dance, and different kinds of performance exist in all cultures, were supported in royal courts, developed into sophisticated forms and over time became available to all citizens. The process has been accelerated in modern times by an entertainment industry which records and sells entertainment products. Entertainment evolves and can be adapted to suit any scale, ranging from an individual who chooses a private entertainment from a now enormous array of pre-recorded products; to a banquet adapted for two; to any size or type of party, with appropriate music and dance; to performances intended for thousands; and even for a global audience.
The experience of being entertained has come to be strongly associated with amusement, so that one common understanding of the idea is fun and laughter, although many entertainments have a serious purpose. This may be the case in the various forms of ceremony, celebration, religious festival, or satire for example. Hence, there is the possibility that what appears as entertainment may also be a means of achieving insight or intellectual growth.