Garth Brooks may have struck a deal with Apple Music. Hits Daily Double (HDD) reports that Brooks, the last major artist to withhold his music from digital and streaming services, has been shopping his new album and catalog as part of a streaming deal that would finally make his music available to stream and download.
HDD also reports that the singer was turned down by Universal Music Group (UMG) and Sony before accepting a deal with Apple that’s rumored to be worth $30 million.
Apparently, Spotify was interested, but Brooks passed since there’s no sales component tied to the company.
The news comes a few weeks after Brooks stated that fans may soon have more access to his music via streaming. Brooks tells The Tennessean that he is working to solidify a deal with an unnamed streaming partner, after parting ways with RCA Nashville earlier this year. He states that it’s “neither of the two partners you think it’s going to be, but it’s one of the biggest partners in the world.”
“It’s neither of the two partners you think it’s going to be, but it’s one of the biggest partners in the world.”
It wasn’t until 2014 with the RCA Nashville deal that he began offering his music digitally via his GhostTunes venture. However, that could change as GhostTunes may get absorbed into a larger company, although he didn’t elaborate.
“There’s a lot of different ways to promote now and a lot of options that are open, and I feel very, very lucky about that,” he explains. “The word the management group is using is collision or connectivity — how do you put all of those things together and make them work toward the music? They’re not just individual things out there going — they all tie together.”
Nothing official has been announced as of this writing, but Apple is slated to announced the iPhone 7 in September. If true, perhaps Brooks will be tied to the Apple Event and make the announcement then, much like U2 did in 2014 with the launch of their Songs Of Innocence album. After all, he will be in California for a slew of shows in Anaheim and Fresno.