Garth Brooks will release his first album of all-new material in more than a decade under a new agreement with Sony Music, it was announced today by Brooks and Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris at a press conference in Nashville.
Under the worldwide deal, Garth, who in 2000, was certified by the RIAA as the #1-selling solo artist in U. S. history, will put out a new solo album on or about Black Friday in November through his own Pearl imprint in conjunction with Sony Music’s RCA Nashville that will be listed as a Pearl/RCA Nashville release. Sony Music will provide distribution services and collaborate in marketing efforts, as RCA Nashville will promote singles at country radio. Additionally, for the first time ever, Garth catalogue music and as well as the new studio album will be available digitally, exclusively through his website at GarthBrooks.com, beginning with catalogue content in the next few weeks.
The worldwide entertainer, who has sold 134 million albums to date and has amassed virtually every music award possible, also confirmed his highly-anticipated world tour, with the first city scheduled to be announced on July 15.
“Words cannot express how excited I am to get to make new music and tour again,” remarked Garth. “I cannot thank Sony Music and RCA Nashville enough for making that dream a reality.”
Said Morris, “Garth Brooks is one of the most accomplished and beloved artists of all time. We are thrilled he is joining the Sony Music family, and excited to be joining forces with him to bring much anticipated new music to his many fans around the world.”
“Garth redefined the parameters of what country music could be, and what it could accomplish. We are beyond proud that he’s chosen to begin the next chapter of an extraordinary career with us,” said Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO Gary Overton.
Fans were able to see this morning’s news unfold in real time on GarthBrooks.com, where the press conference aired via Livestream, with Brooks’ site poised for an official re-launch on July 15.