Garth Brooks’ retirement from the stage didn’t last too long after he announced it in 2001, and he’s been playing more or less regularly for the better part of the past decade. But he hadn’t put out any new, original music aside from some odds-and-sods studio remnants since 2001’s Scarecrow until Wednesday morning, when he released a new track “People Loving People,” to country radio stations. READ FULL STORY
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Last year, Brooks teased fans when he went on Good Morning America and said he was planning a 2014 world tour. More recently, a message posted on Brooks’ website last week read, “the wait is over… 7/7.” The wait isn’t quite over yet though, because on July 7, a new message announcing a press conference replaced the old one (complete with sound effects of thunder rolling, for full effect).
'Britney Jean' nets Britney Spears her worst opening week ever; Garth Brooks and Duck Dynasty carry on
When her Las Vegas residency begins at the end of the month, Britney Spears should probably stay away from the roulette wheel, because numbers are not her friend at the moment.
Spears’ new album Britney Jean arrived this week, moving only 107,000 copies for a fourth-place finish on the Billboard 200. It’s the weakest opening week in Spears’ career, both by hard sales numbers and chart position (previously, her slowest sales week was the opening frame of her debut …Baby One More Time, which tallied 121,000 copies).
The numbers for Britney Jean are also a giant drop-off from the opening week of her previous album, 2011’s Femme Fatale, which sold 276,000 copies in its first week. It’ll be interesting to track Britney Jean moving into 2014, as she may get a bump from the just-released video for the single “Perfume” and another once her Vegas show gets rolling.
Britney had to dive out of the way of Garth Brooks, whose Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences took the number one spot on the chart this week. In its second full week of release, the WalMart-exclusive box set (containing six CDs, two DVDs, and retailing for around 25 bucks) sold 146,000 copies. Brooks is now tied for fourth place all-time for number one albums with nine (same as Barbra Streisand and the Rolling Stones). He trails the Beatles (19), Jay Z (13), Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Presley (both with 10). Expect Blame It On My Roots to stay strong during the holiday season. READ FULL STORY
Garth Brooks went on Good Morning America to promote his new box set, Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences, when he decided to add a little something extra: He revealed that he’s heading out on a world tour in 2014.
“You know what, since it’s you and since we’ve had a history forever, let’s announce it. We’re going on a world tour in 2014,” Brooks told Robin Roberts. “I can’t believe I just did that, but you are a doll.”
Now that his youngest daughter is a senior in high school, Brooks says he’s ready to hit the road once again. “All my babies are fine with it. Ms. Yearwood is fine with it. So now I get to do what I love to do, which is play music. I get to be with the person I want to be with, which is Ms. Yearwood.”
After a full decade spent (mostly) out of the spotlight, Garth Brooks, country music’s all-time best-selling artist, appears to be throwing his cowboy hat back into the ring.
The star, 51, who has had six albums earn Diamond certification for sales exceeding 10 million copies, famously stepped away from his career in 2001 to focus on raising his three daughters from his previous marriage to college sweetheart Sandy Mahl — and to enjoy Oklahoma life with fellow country star Trisha Yearwood, whom he married in 2005.
Brooks has often said that he would not record or perform new music full-time until his youngest daughter turned 18. (Though he did send the forgettable single “More Than A Memory” to country radio in 2007 to promote his Greatest Hits collection.) That daughter, Allie, is now 17 years old and set to graduate high school in 2014.
Perhaps that explains why Brooks emailed his fans last week with the cryptic message “The sevens have aligned. It has begun… Thank you for believing… love, g,” and why his website currently features little more than a storm cloud and the words “It has begun…” fading in and out on the right-hand side. The vague memorandums sent the Nashville rumor mill spinning with speculation that Brooks is prepping a major career comeback. READ FULL STORY
An Oklahoma hospital that failed to build a women’s health center in honor of Garth Brooks’ late mother must pay the country singer $1 million, a jury has ruled.
Jurors on Tuesday evening ruled that the hospital must return Brooks’ $500,000 donation plus pay him $500,000 in punitive damages. The decision came in Brooks’ breach-of-contract lawsuit against Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon. Brooks said he thought he’d reached a deal in 2005 with the hospital’s president, James Moore, but sued after learning the hospital wanted to use the money for other construction projects. READ FULL STORY
the first to cave, in mid-2006. In November of 2007, Led Zeppelin followed; in June 2008, Radiohead finally said OK, computer. And yesterday, of course, was the day the Beatles pledged “I Will” to iTunes.Metallica were
But there are, famously, a few very firm holdouts–artists who refuse to parcel their music for the digital marketplace. Below, the main players, and the reasons they’ve given:
AC/DC: Two years ago, Angus Young explained to the New York Times that they could not abide breaking up their albums for individual track sales: “It’s like an artist who does a painting. If he thinks it’s a great piece of work, he protects it. It’s the same thing: this is our work.”
That same month, frontman Brian Johnson told Reuters, “”Maybe I’m just being old-fashioned, but this iTunes, God bless ‘em, it’s going to kill music if they’re not careful … It’s a…monster, this thing. It just worries me. And I’m sure they’re just doing it all in the interest of making as much…cash as possible. Let’s put it this way, it’s certainly not for the…love, let’s get that out of the way, right away.” (Walmart, however, is all about the love.)
Garth Brooks: Last year, the semi-retired country superstar told writer Lisa L. Rollins, These [Apple] guys are sweet guys, but they’re businessmen, so they understand. … They truly think that they’re saving music. My hat’s off to them. I looked at them right across the table with all the love in the world and told them they were killing it. And until we get variable pricing, until we get album-only [downloads], then they are not a true retailer for my stuff, and you won’t see my stuff on there—with all the love in the world. That’s nothing that they haven’t heard, either.”
Kid Rock: In a 2008 EW feature, he said ”I just don’t like being told what to do. I don’t have a beef with Apple, or iTunes, or any of them. I do have a beef with that it seems kind of socialist of them to charge the same price for every song. What if every car cost $4,000, you know what I mean? A song from my neighbor’s garage band is not the same value as Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run.’ I just want to decide how my product gets sold with the people who sell it.” (Kid’s rep confirmed to us today that his views have not changed.)
Also still unavailable: The Smiths (aside from their greatest hits, and a few soundtrack one-offs), Tool, Def Leppard, Bob Seger, and the bulk of the Black Sabbath and Frank Zappa catalogs. (iTunes declined to comment for this article.)
Tell us, readers—are these artists hurt by their absence, or is their integrity worth its weight in iBucks? Is the notion of that integrity misplaced? And are fans genuinely affected by the lack of digital availability, or is uploading physical discs into an online library merely a brief chore for a rainy day? Let us know in the comments section below.
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After eight years of restless retirement, Garth Brooks kicked off his potentially-five-year-long stay at the Wynn Hotel’s 1,500-seat Encore Theater in Las Vegas this weekend, and for all those who remember him mostly as the guy in the picture to the left here, his comeback performance is an absolute revelation. The Music Mix was in the audience for the early set on Saturday, and if we were worried that this flashpot-loving showman might aim for Sigfried-and-Roy-like levels of spectacle during his time on the Strip, those fears dissipated the moment Brooks stepped on stage: Dressed in jeans, a hoodie, a baseball cap, and a headset mic (some things never change), he looked more like your burly neighbor on football Sundays, breaking out the guitar in the den for a singalong after supper. The “living-room show” has long deserved a Vegas comeback — but no one thought Brooks would be the dude to try it. Or that he’d be the perfect guy to pull it off. READ FULL STORY
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