Why is Garth Brooks not on Apple Music or Spotify?

Garth Brooks, the esteemed American country singer and songwriter, was born on February 7, 1962. He holds a remarkable distinction in music history, as the only artist with nine albums that achieved Diamond certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (surpassing The Beatles' previous record of six). Garth Brooks' incredible popularity stems from his innovative fusion of pop and rock elements with the traditional country genre. This unique blend has resonated deeply with audiences, particularly in the United States, where he has achieved remarkable success on both the country music single and album charts. His recordings have reached multi-platinum status, and his live performances have shattered records, captivating audiences across genres. With his crossover appeal, Brooks has not only conquered the country music scene but also made a significant impact in the mainstream pop arena. His ability to bridge musical boundaries has solidified his immense popularity and made him a beloved figure in the music industry.

In addition to this incredible accomplishment, Garth Brooks has been honored with two Grammy Awards, 17 American Music Awards (including the prestigious "Artist of the '90s" title), and the RIAA Award for the best-selling solo albums artist of the century in the United States. His contributions to country music and his record-breaking achievements have solidified his status as a legendary figure in the industry.

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Why Garth Brooks' Music not on Apple Music or Spotify?

For a considerable period, Garth Brooks had firmly resisted licensing his music to streaming platforms, expressing reservations about compensation and a misalignment of values. However, in 2016, a significant change took place when Brooks forged an exclusive partnership with Amazon Music, a collaboration that continues to this day. Despite relentless pursuits from streaming powerhouses like Spotify and Apple Music, including direct appeals from Spotify CEO Daniel Ek himself, Brooks has remained steadfast in his commitment to the exclusive arrangement with Amazon. At the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville yesterday (March 13), Brooks said that it has to do with Amazon’s ability to sell physical releases of albums and how that benefits songwriters like himself:

“The fact is that Amazon is a retailer as well, so you can sign your streaming deal, but part of that streaming deal is to move those physical units so the songwriters get paid. And people, we can talk all day that ‘Garth went on to raise his kids, what a great’— Garth did that for himself. I stick up for the songwriters because I’m freakin’ one of them! Everything I do for the songwriters, I do for myself,” Brooks told CRS executive director RJ Curtis.

“I’m the most selfish guy you’ve ever met, okay? But if we don’t take care of these songwriters, what do you guys have to play? It’s just tough, so that’s why I love partnering with [Amazon]. So the physical comes in, and nobody’s doing physical anymore. So these songwriters are still doing well.

“And I hope that songwriters want to get a Garth Brooks cut. One, because I hope that they think that it would be cool. But two, right behind it closely, I hope it’s because they know that if you’re a Garth Brooks songwriter, you’re going to get paid.”

Stream Garth Brooks’ music is on Amazon Music

During October 2016, Garth Brooks made a momentous choice to embrace streaming services by entering into an agreement with Amazon Music. Initially, only a select number of songs were made available for streaming. However, through ongoing negotiations, the scope expanded, and all 16 of his albums became accessible for fans to enjoy through streaming platforms. This decision marked a significant shift in Garth Brooks' approach to digital music distribution, offering greater convenience and access to his extensive discography for his dedicated listeners.

The 16 albums are

  1. The Ultimate Hits(2007)
  2. FUN(2020)
  3. No Fences(1990)
  4. Garth Brooks(1989)
  5. In Pieces(1993)
  6. Gunslinger(2016)
  7. Robin’ the Wind(1991)
  8. Fresh Horses(1995)
  9. The Chase(1992)
  10. Sevens(1997)
  11. Scarecrow(2001)
  12. Man Against Machine(2014)
  13. The Lost Sessions(2005)
  14. Triple Live Deluxe(2018)
  15. Beyond the Season(1992)
  16. Garth Brooks & The Magic of Christmas Songs From Call Me Claus(1999)

How to get Amazon Music?

Amazon Music Prime is included as part of an Amazon Prime subscription, which costs $14.99 per month or $139 per year, with a 30-day free trial available. Therefore, if you are already an Amazon Prime subscriber, you automatically have access to Amazon Music Prime and can enjoy Garth Brooks' music.

Amazon Music Prime offers the same music catalog as Amazon Music Unlimited but with certain limitations on features. It allows for shuffle playback only, without the ability to listen offline, enjoy HD or spatial audio, or have unlimited skips on mobile.

If you desire offline or on-demand music listening, you can subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited. The subscription options are as follows: $10.99 per month (Family: $15.99 per month, Single Device: $4.99 per month, Student: $5.99 per month). Amazon Prime users can avail themselves of a discounted rate for Amazon Music Unlimited, priced at $8.99 per month or $89.00 per year (Family: $15.99 per month or $159.00 per year).

How to listen to Garth Brooks on Apple Music or Spotify?

Alternatively, you can consider purchasing Garth Brooks' music digitally or in physical formats from online stores or music retailers. This way, you can build your own personal collection and enjoy his music at any time without relying on streaming services.

Another possibility is to download Garth Brooks songs to MP3 from Amazon Music and then add them to your Apple Music or Spotify library.

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