Garth Brooks Will Stream His Music Catalog For The First Time, Signing A Deal With Amazon Music This Week
Garth Brooks is one of the most popular and best-selling artists of all-time, but for years his music has been absent from the streaming music services that have become popular in recent years. Beginning today, October 19, 2016, much of the Garth Brooks music catalog will be streaming exclusively on Amazon Music Unlimited.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The singer’s latest single, “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance”, a collection titled The Ultimate Hits and his Double Live album are all streaming on the site as of today. Brooks’ new Gunslinger album and his Christmas Together duets album with wife Trisha Yearwood will be added to the service upon their release in November.
Brooks is also making his music available for purchase and download through Amazon Music today for the first time ever.
Amazon Music Unlimited is not to be confused with the Amazon Music streaming service included with the Amazon Prime membership. Unlimited is available to Prime members for an additional $7.99 per month or $79 for the year. Non-Prime members can can purchase the service for $9.99 per month. Those who have purchased an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Amazon Tap can subscribe to the service on a single device for $3.99 per month. A 30-day free trial is offered to those that want to test out of the service.
Back in 2014, Garth Brooks made his music available digitally for the first time when he launched the GhostTunes service. It’s not clear how this new partnership with Amazon will affect GhostTunes. The service is still offering “The Bundle” for $29.99 that includes digital downloads and streaming of Garth’s first eight studio albums, his recent Man Against Machine album, Double Live and his new album, which was originally scheduled for a Fall 2015 release.
Garth’s latest album, Gunslinger, is set for a November 25, 2016 release. Brooks unveiled the name of the album this past weekend during CBS’s SEC Game of the Week coverage. He talked more about the upcoming release and revealed the album’s cover art this past Monday during his weekly Inside Studio G broadcast on Facebook.
Brooks also released the first single from Gunslinger earlier this week, “Baby , Let’s Lay Down and Dance.”
While Gunslinger is set to be officially released November 25th, it will be available on November 11 as part of a 10-disc boxed set available exclusively at Target. Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection was announced last month by Target and Brooks. No price has been set as of yet, but it has been revealed that the collection will include some never-before-released tracks and Target-exclusive songs.
“Simply put, Garth is in a league of his own. He is unquestionably one of the most accomplished and celebrated musicians, with a fan base that spans all ages and genres,” said Mark Tritton, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, Target. “We’re thrilled to welcome Garth into the Target family, and are confident that the boxed set we’ve created with him, which we’ll offer for an unbeatable value, will be at the top of many wish lists this holiday season.”
Back in 2005, Brooks signed a multi-year deal with Wal-Mart that earned them the right to be the exclusive commercial seller of his music. That deal included The Limited Series and The Entertainer boxed set.
Garth Brooks is currently on The Garth Brooks World Tour. The multi-year tour started back in September of 2014 and stopped in St. Louis for shows in December of that year. It stops in Charleston, West Virginia this weekend and will visit Richmond, Virginia, Greenville, South Carolina and Honolulu, Hawaii before the end of the year.
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