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Your Week in Music: Garth Brooks out of retirement and ready to rock, err twang

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Country legend Garth Brooks is coming out retirement and going on a world tour for the first time since 2001. (Source: Steve Jurvetson/Wikimedia Commons) Country legend Garth Brooks is coming out retirement and going on a world tour for the first time since 2001. (Source: Steve Jurvetson/Wikimedia Commons)

(RNN) - When Garth Brooks retired (temporarily) 12 years ago, he vowed to return when his youngest daughter was 18. After some much needed family time, Brooks is proving that he's a man of his word. His youngest daughter is now a high school senior ... and he's going on his first world tour since 2001.

Brooks appeared on Good Morning America to talk about his eight-disc box set Blame It All on My Roots and seized the opportunity to announce his return.

"It sure feels good to get to throw your hat back in the ring," Brooks said. "Our baby is a senior in high school, and we've talked about it. All my babies are fine with it and [wife] Ms. [Tricia] Yearwood is fine with it. So now I get to do what I love to do, which is play music."

Brooks did not announce any tour dates, but he did say his wife Yearwood would be joining him.

Even though Brooks has not toured in 12 years, he never completely quit performing. And for the past four years he's had a residency at Wynn Encore Theater in Las Vegas.

Brooks didn't let his Vegas show interfere with family time. He scheduled all of his performances at the Wynn around his children's schedules and extra-curricular activities, and used a Lear Jet provided by the Wynn to travel back and forth from Vegas to his home in Oklahoma, according to the Los Angeles Times

We only have one word for Garth Brooks: commitment. The man is committed to his family and he is committed to his fans.

So here's to 2014 and the amazing Garth Brooks performances that come with it.

Making a music video? There's an app for that.

How's this for a cost-conscious project?

The new video for the LeAnn Rimes/Rob Thomas duet featuring guitarist Jeff Beck was shot using only an iPhone and the Vine app.

The playful video for Gasoline and Matches features stop-motion animation with Rimes and Thomas interspersed throughout singing.

"My part in it took 20 or 30 minutes at the most. [Animator] Ian [Padgham] flew to Dublin, where I was on tour, and put two iPhones up and filmed me doing two passes of the song, along with a few odd things like 'Reach for a star' or 'Pretend you're falling,'" Rimes told The Hollywood Reporter.

He did the same for Thomas. Beck was not available for filming.

"I hope it inspires people to do their own stuff. You don't need a lot of special tools, and it's getting back to that very simple, very handmade way of producing art," Padgham told The Hollywood Reporter

56th Grammy Awards nominations

In 2013 we saw the rise of alternative artists at the Grammys, but 2014 appears to spell the rise of hip-hop. Thanks to some spectacular collaborations this year, hip-hop artists are also receiving nods for pop songs.

Pharrell Williams received two nods under Best Pop Duo for Get Lucky with Daft Punk and Blurred Lines with Robin Thicke and T.I. Jay Z also received a Best Pop Duo nod for Suit & Tie with Justin Timberlake.

Jay Z received nine nominations, giving him the most Grammy nods. There's a four-way tie for second with Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake all receiving seven nominations. And in a close third is Drake with five Grammy nods.

So to sum all the nominations up, four of the five top vote-getting acts hail from the rap genre alone.

To view all of the nominees, click here.

You can also listen to every category's nominees on the iTunes' 56th Grammys page at iTunes.com/GRAMMYs.

A Very Mary Christmas

If a recent trip to the mall didn't tip you off, surprise! It's Christmas.  

Mary J. Blige has released her second single from her holiday album, A Mary Christmas.

Check out the simplistic but elegant video for The Sound of Music favorite, My Favorite Things.

Ron Burgundy joins Robin Thicke for epic '80s cover

In a legendary collaboration, Robin Thicke teamed up with Anchorman Ron Burgundy (aka Will Ferrell) to cover an '80s classic in the smoothest way possible. For those of you who don't know Ron Burgundy ... he's kind of a big deal. People know him.

The two covered Christopher Cross' Ride Like the Wind. In the cover, we mostly hear Thicke singing, but we get plenty of side comments from Burgundy like "I sound good," "You're riding like the wind, for those who don't know," and "I don't know if I'd go to Mexico, I'd probably just stop in Phoenix."

And no Ron Burgundy tune would be complete without a silky-smooth flute solo, which in Burgundy's words is comprised of "3 feet of polished nickel, valves and my sweet breath."

Rumor has it Thicke and Ferrell will eventually record a video for the song, which will make the internet (and us) very happy.

In the meantime we'll all just stay classy and keep counting down to the release of the Anchorman 2 soundtrack on Dec. 17 and the Anchorman 2 movie on Dec. 18.

New Releases

Britney Spears: Britney Jean - Dec. 3

Leona Lewis: Christmas, With Love - Dec. 3

The Music of Nashville, Season 2, Vol. 1 - Dec. 10

Shelby Lynne: Thanks - Dec. 10

Upcoming Releases

 B.o.B.: Underground Luxury - Dec. 17

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Soundtrack - Dec. 17

And Finally

This may be the most sedated flash mob in the short but flamboyant history of the spontaneous song and dance outbreak that is the flash mob.

So instead, we'll just call it a surprise appearance.

Either way, the United States Air Force Band surprised visitors at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, with a Christmas performance.

In all, 120 of the military's finest treated unsuspecting museum-goers to a Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring/Joy to the World medley.

If you'll be in the DC area throughout December, you may catch one of the Air Force band's free performances. Check out the schedule at http://www.usafband.af.mil/

We salute you, Air Force Band.

What we're listening to

HAIM - The Wire

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