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Garth Brooks unveils iTunes alternative: GhostTunes

Garth Brooks, long a holdout from allowing his music to be sold on iTunes, lifted the lid Thursday on his alternative, GhostTunes, a new download and streaming service that the newly unretired country superstar said “allows artists to sell music any way they want to.” Brooks’ beef with iTunes is that it is grounded in selling singles, while Brooks says he wants his music sold as complete albums to protect the songwriters and music publishers who depend on income from tracks included on those recordings. As the opening salvo for GhostTunes, Brooks introduced “The Bundle,” a $29.99 digital package that will include all eight of his studio albums, a new studio album coming this fall and another he’s planning to release next year, plus a 25th anniversary edition of his “Double Live” album. Beyond his own music, Brooks said GhostTunes is a digital store offering more than 7 million singles and albums by hundreds of other artists. Iggy Azalea, Coldplay, Kimbra, Ariana Grande, Miranda Lambert, Sia, Brad Paisley, Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran are among the dozens of names that cropped up in a 2-minute video shown at Brooks’ news conference in Rosemont, Ill. Brooks is a part owner in GhostTunes, a small company that he said he hopes “will remain small. We don’t want the corporations wagging the tail of the dog” of digital music sales, he said. via LA Times.

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