Rumor Central: Is Garth Brooks Ready To Partner With Apple Music?
August 26, 2016 at 2:01 PM (PT)
Is GARTH BROOKS headed for a partnership with APPLE MUSIC? Rumors have been swirling about where BROOKS might be headed, in the digital sense, since the beginning of the MONTH, when he reportedly told THE TENNESSEAN that he was working to solidify a deal with a streaming partner (NET NEWS 8/9). BROOKS has long been an opponent of streaming music and digital download services, and in 2014, he launched GHOSTTUNES as a full-service music store to distribute his catalog outside of the traditional digital retail space (NET NEWS 9/4/14).
YESTERDAY (8/25), HITS DAILY DOUBLE posted a rumor mill story siting that BROOKS has been working to shop his forthcoming album and complete catalog to digital retailers and had reportedly tied up a $30 million deal with APPLE. No official announcement has been made regarding BROOKS' digital catalog future, but any move to a top-tier digital retail space could eventually prove to be the boost that BROOKS needs to claim the top spot on the RIAA's list of best-selling artists of all-time. BROOKS is currently listed as the top solo artist at 136 million certified units sold, just above ELVIS PRESLEY with 136 million certified units sold; however, BROOKS ranks second overall, just behind the BEATLES with 178 million certified units sold. Both ELVIS and THE BEATLES already have catalogs available via iTUNES.