Garth Brooks' Sevens Selling Out Across Country
NASHVILLE, Tenn., PRNewswire -- November 27, 1998--From Milwaukee to Manhattan, Portland to Paducah, thousands of people lined up before sunrise so they could get the new Garth Brooks album, Sevens, as soon as it went on sale yesterday. Retail outlets across the country reported selling out their stock of Sevens within hours, and overnight store reports indicate an estimated 375,000 albums sold on November 25, its first day, based on point of sale scans. What makes this accomplishment even more astonishing is that only two country albums in 1997 have posted sales over 200,000 in their first week.
"Garth Brooks' Sevens provided the largest first-day sales ever in the history of the Handleman Company," says that company's Senior Vice President, Jerry Adams. The Handleman Company is the country's largest supplier of music, video and software to retail stores, including Kmart, Wal-Mart, Shopco, Meijer and many others. A typical scenario of the day occurred in a Milwaukee suburb, when radio station WMIL broadcast their evening show from the Exclusive Company store. Hundreds of people were lined up at midnight, when the store started selling the album. An hour later they were sold out. "This event shows that Garth continues to be bigger than life. This album couldn't have come at a more opportune time," says Kerry Wolfe, Operations Manager at WMIL.
Brooks' success at the stores was repeated on the charts. He beat his own record this week when twelve of the fourteen tracks from his Sevens album reached the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. That is the most tracks from a single album on one chart. The previous record was eight charted singles, set in 1995 by Brooks' Fresh Horses album.
The charted tracks are: "Longneck Bottle," "Two Pina Coladas," "Cowboy Cadillac," "Take The Keys To My Heart," "How You Ever Gonna Know," "She's Gonna Make It," "Do What You Gotta Do," "Belleau Wood," "You Move Me," "A Friend To Me," "I Don't Have To Wonder" and "In Another's Eyes," his duet with Trisha Yearwood.
Early reviews of Sevens call it the best effort of Brooks' career, noting the variety and depth of the 14-song collection. The Los Angeles Times said the album is "his strongest collection to date," and USA Today described it as "the best of his seven albums" and gave it three and a half stars out of four. "The first time you listen to the album, you notice how good some of the songs are," says Quigley. "The second time you listen, you realize how good all the songs are."
The first 777,777 CD copies of Sevens are collectible, marked on the CD and booklet as first editions. Several cities have already sold out their limited supply of the first edition.
Brooks is the best-selling solo artist in U.S. music history, with over 62 million albums sold. He's also the fastest-selling album artist in RIAA history and one of the industry's most awarded. He set attendance records at his free Central Park concert in August, and the HBO live telecast of that concert was seen by 15 million people.
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