Garth Brooks Released 10th Studio Album, Multi-Platinum ‘Scarecrow’ 19 Years Ago Today

by Halle Ames

On November 13, 2001, Garth Brooks released his tenth studio album, ‘Scarecrow,’ that went Multi-Platinum. 

‘Scarecrow’ was a surprise to many fans, debuting a year after Brooks announced that he was retiring from touring and was scaling back his career. Brooks said he wanted to spend more time with his three daughters in Oklahoma.

The album has two discs and has sold over five million copies. In 2001, the album debuted as a number one hit on the Billboard Top 200 and Country Albums charts. In addition, in the first week of sales, it hit over 466,000 units. It was the best selling week for a country album since Garth Brooks’s older album, Double Live, which he released in 1998. Double Live hit a record at the time for selling over one million units in its first week. 

This is the seventh time the decorated singer debuted a song that reached number one on the Top 200 charts, which is more than any other artist. It was also the ninth time one of his albums topped the Country Albums chart. 

Brooks signed a deal with Dr. Pepper and Kmart, which both promoted the album on displays within the stores, and fans would receive a discount on the soda. Brooks also appeared in commercials for the soft drink.

Garth Brooks “More Than a Memory”

Scarecrow was re-released to fans in October of 2016 with the addition of two songs. The new songs include “Good Ride Cowboy” and “More Than a Memory.” 

Later in Brooks’s career, the song “More Than a Memory” made it to Billboard’s number one for a country single. Famous country artist Lee Brice wrote “More Than a Memory,” but Brooks recorded in 2007. It was also the first song in the history of the Billboards list to debut at number one. The second one was Craig Wayne Boyd’s “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face,” which was released seven years later.

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