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Garth Brooks is back! The country superstar will release his first new album in years– literally eons– around the second Tuesday in November. That will be 13 years since his last new collection, Scarecrow, which went platinum five times.

The other big news is that Garth’s entire catalog will be available for downloading starting on Monday at his website, www.garthbrooks.com. Garth had previously been one of the few remaining holdouts, refusing to allow his songs on iTunes, amazon, or other services.

Now he’s going do it himself and cut out the middle man. I don’t know why more artists don’t do it this way.

A countdown clock is already running on the site. I hope they can handle the deluge when the downloading begins on Monday. Brooks is the biggest country star, and in the top 10 of all music stars.

As his fans know, Garth took a break from recording and touring to be with his wife, Trisha Yearwood, and his kids. And he really meant it. When I ran into him three years ago, Garth old me: “I’m not putting a new album out until all the babies are out [of the house]. I’m going to raise them and then hit it with a vengeance. We’ve got another three or four years.”

Well, that time is here. Garth will also launch a tour following release of the album. He said this week that he was already talking to Ticketmaster, which means in the concert biz that he’ll likely be promoted by Live Nation.

It’s not like Garth hasn’t been around. His multi-CD set, released on his own label last year, sold almost a million copies. The new album will be on his own label again, Pearl Records, via Sony’s RCA Nashville. That has to be a blow to Universal Music, which now owns Capitol, Garth’s old label. But Brooks took control of his catalog a few years ago. Even if Sony is just distributing Pearl, it will bring them a lot of good will and attention.

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11 replies to this post
  1. seems strange to boycott apple, yet then use Ticketmaster, which is arguably the biggest ripoff piece of crap in existence…bring on the fees

  2. Dixi-Garth performed for Obama’s inauguration.
    That makes him a traitor to country music and real Americans.
    Don’t buy anything from this phony.

  3. Garth, don’t use LiveNation and TicketBasterds!!! The are @zzholes and rape the concert goer’s with their outrageous B.S. service fees!!!

  4. Garth has the right idea. Go direct to the fans. As long as he has the right types of payment options available, there is no reason to go to iTunes. He is big enough to bypass them. Lesser-knows artists – not so much.

  5. If TicketBastard and LiveNation are involved in the concerts, count me out. Prices are beyond outrageous and an outright insult. $200+ for seats from where the act looks like an ant? No thanks.

    Garth had a chance to do some real good by cutting these two vampires out and selling direct or using a company whose “service charge” is not equal to Regular Joe’s paycheck. (I should have called it a “Cervix Charge”, because it’s about the same thing.)

    Garth went against the grain with the digital music he’ll be releasing, why not with live shows? He’s possibly the only act big enough to be able to make waves on this front, but instead chose to support the destruction of live music’s accessibility. You know, kinda like how Streisand allegedly supports the poor, yet charges a king’s ransom for her shows?

    Makes me SERIOUSLY reconsider buying Garth’s new album when it arrives…

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