Garth Brooks Is All In On Amazon

Jack Kocsis | Contributor

At SXSW, country singer Garth Brooks spoke about his exclusive relationship with Amazon, the online retailer that is trying to expand its music footprint. Like many in his industry, Brooks long resisted the push to open his songs up to online streaming. But in October, he made his catalogue available for streaming exclusively on Amazon Music.

Why did Brooks make this decision, which keeps his songs off more popular services like Apple Music and Spotify (and even iTunes)? He said that he chose Amazon over “the other guys” “because it’s a marriage.” Referring to his relationship with the head of Amazon Music, Brooks boasted, “There’s someone I can pick up the phone and call. It has to work as a family.”

Now, you can either download or stream Brooks’ music on Amazon. Hopefully, this leads to more people becoming familiar with his work.

"Gungslinger," Brooks' 10th studio album, was released in November (Photo via Amazon)

“Gungslinger,” Brooks’ 10th studio album, was released in November (Photo via Amazon)

“Gunslinger” — $8.99 MP3, $6.47 Audio CD, Unlimited Streaming

Brooks' popular compilation album "Ultimate Hits" is now also available for streaming (Photo via Amazon)

Brooks’ popular compilation album “Ultimate Hits” is now also available for streaming (Photo via Amazon)

“The Ultimate Hits” — $11.49 MP3, $8.28 Audio CD, Unlimited Streaming

Jack Kocsis

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