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Garth Brooks sets new album & tour

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The country-pop superstar announced Thursday in Nashville that he will release a new album and mount his first concert tour since he began his retirement in 2001. No dates have been announced yet by Brooks, who performed in San Diego a number of times in the 1990s.

“Our job is to go out there and fly the flag for country music,” he told reporters at a press conference that streamed live on his website. He admitted to some anxiety about mounting a comeback.

“Scared? Yes. Old? Yes. My bigger hope is that I don’t regret this day,” said the 52-year-old musician, who has been the best-selling artist in the U.S. in any genre since 1991. That was the year Nielsen Soundscan began tallying album sales.

Brooks’ 69.6 million album sales in this country top The Beatles by just over a million and Metallica, the No. 3 top-selling album act, by 15 million. His upcoming double-album, as yet untitled, will be his first new studio album since 2001’s “Scarecrow.” His tour will be his first since, well, the last century.

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