Joins Ama­zon’s stream­ing ser­vice

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Aweek af­ter launch­ing its paid stream­ing mu­sic ser­vice, Ama­zon an­nounced a deal with one of stream­ing mu­sic’s big­gest hold­outs: coun­try su­per­star Garth Brooks. Brooks, the best-sell­ing solo artist in US his­tory with 138 mil­lion al­bums sold, has kept his mu­sic off stream­ing ser­vices. Yes­ter­day, se­lect al­bums and songs will be avail­able on Ama­zon Mu­sic Un­lim­ited. His al­bums, pre­vi­ously avail­able only through his GhostTunes ser­vice, will be sold dig­i­tally via Ama­zon Mu­sic.

Brooks said he waited un­til the right part­ner came along be­fore he was ready to dive into stream­ing. “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,” Brooks said in a tele­phone in­ter­view from Los An­ge­les. “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, 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 hon­ored to make his mu­sic avail­able for stream­ing for the first time ever, ex­clu­sively on Ama­zon Mu­sic.”

Brooks en­tered semi-re­tire­ment in 2000 near the height of his pop­u­lar­ity to spend more time with his chil­dren and wife, Tr­isha Year­wood. In 2014, he re­turned with a ma­jor tour and a new al­bum, “Man Against Ma­chine.” His up­com­ing al­bums, “Gun­slinger” and “Christ­mas To­gether” with Year­wood, will be added to the stream­ing ser­vice later this year. Two of his best­selling al­bums, “Ul­ti­mate Hits” and “Dou­ble Live,” will be avail­able for stream­ing. They in­clude his pop­u­lar hits “Friends in Low Places,” “The Dance” and “The Thun­der Rolls.” His cur­rent sin­gle, “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance,” will also be avail­able on stream­ing. —AP

In file photo, Garth Brooks sings ‘Ain’t Go­ing Down’ dur­ing a con­cert at Yan­kee Sta­dium in New York. — AP

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