Garth Brooks tops Billboard Top 200 for 2nd week; cancels TV appearances

Garth Brooks’ #1 album Man Against Machine topped the Billboard Country charts again this week and was the highest country album on the Billboard 200.

Additionally, Brooks’ new single, “Mom”, impacted country radio this week with 63 total stations – making it the most added song of the week. The moving tribute “Mom,” debuted on Good Morning America earlier this month and has since set off a chain reaction on social media from fans hoping to hear “Mom” on country radio.

Currently on his world tour with Trisha Yearwood, Brooks continues to shatter records- recently breaking his North American ticket sales record for a single city with 203,235 tickets sold from eleven shows at the Target Center in Minneapolis, the most tickets he has ever sold for a single city in North America.

Brooks was set to continue a promotional tour this week, but canceled several TV appearances due to the civil unrest surrounding a grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, MO in August.

“I will gladly reschedule any or all appearances the networks will allow.”

“We landed in NY last night to the news of the civil unrest that was going on in our nation,” Brooks said in a statement. “To spend the day promoting our stuff like nothing was wrong, seemed distasteful to me. I will gladly reschedule any or all appearances the networks will allow.”

Brooks canceled a Tuesday appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael, a Thanksgiving episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and a Black Friday appearance on NBC’s Today Show. The singer did appear on Tuesday’s pre-taped The Ellen DeGeneres Show where he performed “Mom” acoustically and his ’90s hit “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til The Sun Comes Up)” with his full band.

Brooks is slated to perform four shows at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis December 4th through 7th, but no word on the fate of those shows as Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency due to the violent protests in the area. Last week, country singer Hunter Hayes canceled a concert at St. Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena due to concerns of public unrest.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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