Garth Brooks Announces New Music and a World Tour

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updated 07/10/2014 AT 02:15 PM EDT

originally published 07/10/2014 AT 01:45 PM EDT

Garth Brooks is back in a big way – the country superstar announced a world tour and a new record deal with Sony Music Entertainment on Thursday.

"I want to thank God and everyone who is giving me a chance to actually look at a second half of a career," he said. "I don't know many artists who get this chance," Brooks, 52, said of his comeback after putting his career on hold in 2000 to raise his three daughters.

"Scared? Yeah. Old? Yes," he said of the future, adding that he was eager "to see what the second half is."

A new double album is set to drop around Black Friday, with new music set for release sometime in the next two months, the country superstar said during a much-anticipated live stream news conference. "The new record is gong to be a double album because we have a lot to say."



The record will be comprised of songs written by a creative community in Nashville (and beyond) that Brooks says has left him impressed – and feeling a bit old.

"I'm having a great time playing and writing again, but I'm not sure my writing is up to the level that the town is right now," said Brooks. "I'm hoping it's because I'm rusty, not because I suck."



He promised more and better, including a new website and "quality" social media outreach, and said he was energized by what is to come – even as he remains the biggest-selling U.S. artist in history with 134 million records. His career also boasts 25 No. 1 records, 30 CMA awards and two Grammy awards among many other accolades.

Details and dates for his world tour will be announced July 14. "Our job is to fly the flag for country music. I want these people walking out of these arenas going, 'Best show I have ever seen. That thumped harder than any rap show I've ever been too.' All the good things … I don't think that much is going to change for us."

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