Country legend Garth Brooks took a 14 year hiatus from the music business and now he’s launching his new album Man Against Machine (November 11) and touring the country. So what did he learn during those 14 years? “In my 14 years on the sideline I didn’t find an e-commerce site that to me was selling [digital music] the way they should,” Brooks said. So he created his own.
Brooks launched his own e-commerce music site, GhostTunes, where over 7 million singles or albums are now available. (He admits that right now the site is “kind of Garth heavy.”) The idea is to sell albums. You can get a digital copy of his new single People Loving People but only as an album preorder. “I’m an album guy,” Brooks said. “I believe albums change lives.” And for those who don’t want to buy a whole album, Brooks says, “That’s cool, [they’re] got country radio to listen to.”