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

The country superstar said Thursday at a news conference in Nashville that he will end his retirement with an extended engagement at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas.

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.