Garth Brooks signs streaming deal with Amazon

19th Oct 16 | Entertainment News

Garth Brooks has signed a deal to stream his music exclusively on Amazon Music Unlimited.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood speak at press conference

The country superstar is one of the first names to align with the new music streaming service, with the partnership marking the first time his albums have been available in such a format.

Announcing the news, Brooks revealed he believes streaming is the future, but waited until he was sure about which service to align with before starting in the medium.

"I love retail to death, but retail will never tell me what my stuff is worth and will never tell me how to sell it," he told the Associated Press. "That's the tail wagging the dog for me."

"This is a landmark moment for both Amazon Music and Garth Brooks," said Steve Boom, vice president of Amazon Music, added in a statement. "Garth Brooks is a legendary country music superstar who continues to shatter industry records and amaze fans three decades into his career. We are honoured to make his music available for streaming for the first time ever, exclusively on Amazon Music."

Brooks had been in discussions with Amazon's streaming rivals Spotify and Apple, but said that Amazon made the best offer in terms of downloads, streaming and physical album sales.

The service costs $8 (£6.50) per month or $80 (£65) a year for those registered with Amazon Prime's loyalty programme, while non-members pay $10 (£8) a month.

Despite signing the deal, the 54-year-old also acknowledged in the interview that streaming is contributing to the death of songwriters, many of whom have complained that they are not paid when their music is streamed.

As a label boss himself, the singer insists his Amazon deal is a way for him to see how the industry is adapting to streaming, and offers him ways to help fledgling artists and songwriters.

"For the first time, I am going to get to roll up my sleeves and look under the hood and see what is happening," he concluded. "But we can't deny our songwriters are dying. I am getting ready to see if this is a good thing or a bad thing."

Brooks' best-selling albums Ultimate Hits and Double live will be made available on streaming on Wednesday (19Oct16), while his upcoming albums Gunslinger and his duet record with wife Trisha Yearwood will be added to the service later this year (16).

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