1. ‘90s country titan Garth Brooks has abandoned retirement. He’ll release his first album of new material in more than a decade this year, he announced today at a press conference in Nashville.
Arriving “on or about” Black Friday, the album will be released through Brooks’ Pearl imprint in partnership with Sony Music’s RCA Nashville.
2. Brooks has sold more than 134 million albums internationally since his 1989 debut, but his catalogue has not been available for sale or streaming online. That changes now.
Brooks’ catalogue and new album will be available digitally exclusively on GarthBrooks.com, which is scheduled to relaunch on July 15. Notably, this doesn’t end Brooks’ longtime boycott of iTunes and digital streaming services like Spotify and Rdio. A rep for Sony Music declined to comment further on Brooks’ decision to run all digital sales through his own site.
4. Brooks also confirmed that he’ll embark on a world tour and announce initial dates on July 15.
Brooks announced his retirement in 2001. Since, he’s played shows at arenas around the country, and during a three-year residency at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel. Now Billboard reports that Brooks is “looking to break concert attendance records” with the massive international tour, which may launch in the U.S. and last as long as two or three years.
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