Garth Brooks Plans Benefit Concert for Flood Victims

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Oklahoma: Garth Brooks. With U.S. sales of 68.6 million, the Tulsa native and Oklahoma State University grad (advertising major, FYI) is the best-selling album artist in SoundScan's 21-year history.

Garth Brooks, the all-time best-selling star in country music, will hold a benefit concert December 17 for victims of Tennessee's spring flooding, the entertainer said in a statement on Thursday.

The planned benefit at Bridgestone Arena will be the first time Brooks has performed in Nashville in more than a decade.

Proceeds from the show will go to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which has been distributing aid to victims of the flooding. The Cumberland River spilled over its banks into downtown Nashville and devastated several neighborhoods and outlying areas. Other central Tennessee towns were also hit by flooding.

Brooks was to be joined at the Capitol Building in Nashville by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen and members of the state's congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, to announce the show.

Brooks performed a series of benefit shows a few years ago in California after fires destroyed many homes.

Brooks is country music's biggest selling superstar, having sold more than 68 million records in his 21-year career. He retired from touring in 2001, though last year signed a five-year deal to perform occasional dates at a casino hotel in Las Vegas.

(Reporting by Vernell Hackett; Editing by Andrew Stern)

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