Country singing legend Garth Brooks released his first single in seven years. It’s called “People Loving People” and it’s from his new album, which will drop September 8. Buzzfeed describes the song as “an unabashedly heavy-handed singalong with an easy-t-embrace message: people should love people.” The lyrics, written by Lee Miller, busbee, and Chris Wallin, include: “All the colors and the cultures / Circle ‘round us on a spindle / It’s a complicated riddle / But the solution is so simple.” Also this week, Brooks launches the US leg of his 2014 World Tour in Chicago. He hasn’t been on tour for 17 years.
In May, Brooks’ total album sales have reached 69 million copies which makes him the best-selling album artist in the US, ahead of the Beatles (65 million) who released their own feel-good, singalong song “All You Need Is Love” in 1967. (The sales stats are since 1991 when SoundScan started keeping track.) The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein said at the time, “The nice thing about it is that it cannot be misinterpreted. It is a clear message saying that love is everything.” Brooks’ message is pretty simple, too. “People Loving People” — you should see a lot of it in Brooks’ audience beginning this week in Chicago.