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In Pieces Garth Brooks (Capitol,
1994)

The early 90s were a great
period in American country musician Garth Brooks’ life. His debut album had peaked at number two. His next two
albums both hit number one and made him not only a household name, but a bona fide
superstar.

In 1993, Brooks criticized music stores that sold used CDs because they led to a loss in royalty payments and he didn’t want his new album, In Pieces, sold in those stores. After several lawsuits were laid against Capitol, In Pieces was shipped to these stores anyway. In Pieces, Brooks’ fifth studio album, still ended up debuting at #1 in August 1993. In the UK, though it wasn’t released until early 1994, In Pieces reached the Top 10 on the country charts because Brits were buying imported albums. After its release, In Pieces finally hit number one (#2 on the UK Pop chart).

The singles: Ain’t Going Down (Til the Sun Comes Up) went to #1 on both American and Canadian country charts. American Honky Tonk Bar Association went to the top of the American country chart. Standing Outside the Fire hit number three on both American and Canadian country charts. One Night a Day peaked at #7 in the U.S. Callin Baton Rouge hit #1 on the Canadian country chart. The Red Strokes finished best in the UK — at #13 on their country chart.

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