Garth Brooks says he's coming out of retirement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Garth Brooks is coming out of

The country superstar said Thursday at a news conference in
Nashville that he will end his retirement.

The move has been rumored in the music industry for weeks.

The 47-year-old retired in 2000 to spend more time with his
three children. He's occasionally popped up in special appearances
at awards shows and charity events, but has mostly stayed out of
the limelight.

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