Garth Brooks was back with another edition of “Inside Studio G,” and right off the bat he got fans excited by promising, “we’ve got a lot of catching up to do.”
Garth gave fans an update about his newly-renovated studio, saying it sounds great and “performed well,” sharing “getting to make new music in it was great.” As for when fans will hear that new music, Garth would only say that they hope to have it out “soon,” but then got more specific, estimating it will drop in the “next six weeks.”
Garth also answered a bunch of questions from fans, including one where he was asked why he doesn’t star in videos anymore, and Garth admitted it was because of vanity. Garth offered, “I don’t like what I look like on film,” although he said he’s going to “get back in front of a camera…really soon.”
Finally Garth talked some more about Rodeo Houston, calling the opening night “phenomenal,” and sharing that he’s nervous about the closing Rodeo on Sunday, noting “I might have to bring out a special guest or two to try and top that one.”
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It’s no secret that Garth Brooks is a great live performer, and now he’s received a pretty special honor. The singer was chosen to be the first act inducted into the newly-announced Live Hall of Fame.
“It’s a total shock and quite an honor,” Garth said when he was informed of the honor at the “Pollstar” Live conference. “I don’t think an entertainer is anything without the people who allow him to do this.”
As for the new Live Hall of Fame honor, Tim Leiweke of Pollstar’s parent company Oak View Group, said it will be “a place to honor artists who have made a huge impact on the live business.” He added, “So we are creating a new tradition here at Pollstar that is vitally important for our industry and a priority for us going forward and that is a Live Music Hall of Fame.”
On December 29, 1991, Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country chart with his third studio album, “Ropin’ the Wind”. The album replaced his previous album “No Fences” at the #1 position, where it enjoyed a combined 18 weeks at the top of the charts.
During a recent Facebook Live chat, Garth Brooks hinted that a portion of his new live album would be recorded at his concert series in Lafayette, Louisiana, and he seemed to confirm that news over the weekend. According to KATC-TV, Garth told the crowd about the live album taping during his Sunday night (6/25) show at Lafayette’s Cajundome, although no formal announcement has been made. If Garth is indeed recording a new live album, it would be his second following 1998’s Double Live.
- The publication also reports that officials with the Cajundome have confirmed the taping.
- Brooks will return to the Cajundome tonight (6/30) and tomorrow (7/1), but it’s unclear if he’ll be taping the live album at these shows as well.
Several country stars have made the cut on Forbes’ “100 Highest-Paid Celebrities” list for 2017. Garth Brooks is the highest ranked country singer on the list, coming in at 26th place with 60 million made. Kenny Chesney earned $42.5 million and Luke Bryan earned $42 million, putting them at No. 53 and 55, respectively. Dolly Parton notched the No. 71 spot with earnings of $37 million, while Toby Keith and Florida Georgia Line found themselves tied at No. 83 with $34.5 million of income. Jason Aldean rounded out the country stars with a 98th place finish and $32.5 million earned.
Topping this year’s list was rapper Sean Combs (A.K.A. Diddy), who pulled in $130 million over the last year.
The list’s findings were compiled from celebrities’ pretax income from June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017. The full list can be seen here.
Several country stars are showing their strength as part of the USO’s new Flex 4 Forces campaign, which brings attention to the USO’s mission of keeping service members connected to family, home and country. The campaign calls on the public to demonstrate appreciation to service members and their families by striking a biceps flex and sharing it on social media using the hashtag #Flex4Forces. That person can then nominate four additional people to flex next, much like the Ice Bucket Challenge did in 2014 to bring awareness to ALS.
- Tim McGraw flexed his muscles for the campaign over the weekend, nominating NFL great Brett Favre to take the challenge next. Favre then flexed his stuff and nominated Garth Brooks, who posted a gym selfie showing off his big guns. Garth, in turn, nominated tennis player Serena Williams to take the challenge next.
Cumulus Media has launched its third annual NASH Next 2017 talent search competition in more than 62 radio markets across the country. The winner of the five-month-long national competition, announced by Garth Brooks, will receive a record deal and major label release with NASH Next Records under the Big Machine Label Group as well as airplay on Cumulus radio stations nationwide. From now until June 30, local artists can register for the competition and upload an original song here.
- Finalists, and ultimately the 2017 winner, will be selected by a panel of judges, including Scott Borchetta, founder, president and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, and Kix Brooks.
- Additional celebrity judges to be announced at a later date.
Nobody wants to be the fifth wheel on a double date, but Brett Eldredge made an exception on Monday night (5/22) so he could hang out with Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and their wives at the Nashville Predators’ home playoff game. Rhett shared a picture of the all-star squad at the Bridgestone Arena after the big win, writing, “Solid crew tonight… headed to the cup.” Eldredge shared the same picture the next day, saying, “I’ll 5th wheel with this crew any day…”
- Brett and Thomas were only a few of the country stars who made it out to the big game, including Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and more.
- The Preds are moving on to the Stanley Cup Finals next week.
On this day in 1998, Garth Brooks captured his 17th Billboard Number One of his career with “Two Pina Coladas”. The song was released as the third single from his album Sevens. “Two Piña Coladas” gained the number 29 position on the CMT 40 Greatest Drinking Songs: Morning After broadcast.
A concert version is available on Garth’s Double Live.
On this day in 2008, Carrie Underwood was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Underwood was introduced by Garth Brooks and performed “Last Name,” “All-American Girl” and “Jesus, Take The Wheel”. Vince Gill provided backing vocals for “Jesus, Take The Wheel.”
Underwood was invited to the Opry by Randy Travis.