By Cain Cawthon
Brooks retired back in 2001 to raise his two young daughters.
“I want to thank God and everyone who is giving me a chance to actually look at a second half of a career. I don’t know many artists who get this chance,” Brooks said.
A new double album is set to drop around Black Friday, with new music set for release sometime in the next two months, the country superstar said during a much-anticipated live stream news conference. “The new record is gong to be a double album because we have a lot to say.
For the first time, Brooks’ fans will be able to buy some of the singles through his site, garthbrooks.com.
“His big change is making his music available to download,” says Lon Helton, publisher of Country Aircheck, an industry trade publication. “And he’s not giving it to iTunes.”
Brooks, the top-selling artist in the USA since 1991, has been one of the last major holdouts in the digital realm. Some people might think “I’m giving it away, but I’m not,” he says. But it will be offered “at a stupid price.”
“I guarantee you it’s something where you buy the whole catalog,” says Kris Rochester, co-host of the syndicated radio show Tony and Kris in the Morning. “He’ll sell millions.”
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Brooks has signed with Sony Music Nashville, and his new album will bear the RCA imprint. That album “is what we would traditionally think of as a double album, just because there’s a lot to say,” he says. One of the album’s songs “might very well have taken the place of The Dance as my favorite song ever.”
When his wife, singer Trisha Yearwood, asked if he was sure he wanted to stay on the road, he says he told her, “I’ve never been more sure of anything, because the kids are healthy, and I’m touring with you.”
USA Today contributed to this report
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