Garth Brooks Celebrates New Career Milestone

Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks is celebrating a new career milestone this week, becoming the first artist…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 2, 2020


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Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks is celebrating a new career milestone this week, becoming the first artist to ever achieve Top Fives singles at country radio (Billboard and Mediabase charts) over five consecutive decades.

With his current single, “Dive Bar,” featuring Blake Shelton, reaching No.5 on the Mediabase charts this week, Brooks has now charting songs in the Top Five in the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, 10’s and 20’s.

The seven-time CMA Entertainer of the Year first topped Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with “If Tomorrow Never Comes” in 1989 and has now reached the Top Five every decade since.

The news comes on the heels of the announcement that Brooks will receive the coveted Icon Award at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards. Brooks, a 19-time Billboard Music Award winner, is one of only nine artists to ever receive the prestigious award, following Cher, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey. He will also take the stage to perform during the star-studded telecast, which will take place in Las Vegas on April 29.

Garth Brooks remains the best-selling artist in U.S. history, with over 156 million albums sold. He is the only artist in history to have eight albums certified diamond, each one selling more than 10 million copies.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.