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Garth Brooks passes Elvis in solo sales



It's official: An Oklahoman now wears the crown of music royalty.

Garth Brooks dethroned "The King" Elvis Presley, to become the best-selling solo artist of all time, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

Brooks was given the honor, along with a special Career Award last week, during a ceremony on Brooks' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Two of Brooks' albums, "Sevens" and "Garth Brooks," also were certified diamond by the RIAA for selling more than 10 million copies each.

Brooks, who just released a best-of compilation titled "The Ultimate Hits," has four other diamond discs, and several gold and platinum albums, and now has sold more than 123 million units worldwide.

Presley has sold more than 118.5 million albums, according to the RIAA, with Billy Joel coming in third with 79.5 million sold.

The Owasso-born Brooks currently lives in Oklahoma with wife and fellow country singer and chart-topping wife Trisha Yearwood.  

An event at the Ford Center Friday night will celebrate Oklahoma statehood with Brooks, who will join Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill and Toby Keith for the 7 p.m. concert, which sold out in less than a week. "Joe Wertz

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