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Garth Brooks' `The Limited Series' Debuts At #1

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Garth Brooks sets another milestone. He is the first artist to debut at #1 on two charts with a boxed set. His 6 CD collection, ``The Limited Series,'' tops the Country chart and is the first boxed set to reach #1 on the Top 200 album chart since the inception of Soundscan in 1991. First week sales for the set were 372,410 units, a record for first week sales of any boxed set in the Soundscan era. The only other artist to debut at #1 with a boxed set is Bruce Springsteen, in 1986.

``We're selling every boxed set that comes through the door,'' says K-Mart Music and Video Buyer Ron Cunningham. ``I can look at the sales numbers and tell when a new delivery of the Garth Brooks boxed has arrived by the way the numbers spike up.''

Pat Quigley, President and CEO of Capitol Records/Nashville, says, ``This success is shared by many people. I would personally like to thank Vic Beretta and everyone at EMI Manufacturing in Jacksonville, Illinois, for their hard work in getting `The Limited Series' out the door on a very tight schedule. The retailers, as always, are a key partner in making a project like this a success, and their efforts are greatly appreciated. And, ultimately, Garth's fans are the ones who consistently put us on the map. Their support is invaluable.''

Reacting to the news, Garth Brooks said, simply, ``It's all about the music.''

``The Limited Series'' contains Brooks' first six multi-platinum studio releases - ``Garth Brooks,'' ``No Fences,'' ``Ropin' The Wind,'' ``The Chase,'' ``In Pieces'' and ``Fresh Horses'' - as well as a new bonus track on each CD, for a total of 66 cuts and over three hours of music.

``Boxed set sales were strong coast to coast and everywhere in between,'' says Bill Kennedy, Vice President of Sales for Capitol Records/Nashville. ``The Soundscan numbers show that this set appeals not only to Garth's longtime fans, but is just as attractive to new fans who discovered Garth after the HBO airing of his Central Park concert.''

Brooks' current album, ``Sevens,'' was one of the fastest-selling albums in history, with 1.5 million units sold in two weeks. Brooks is the best-selling solo artist in U.S. music history, with over 67 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 1997, and the HBO live telecast of that concert was seen by 15 million people.


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