First published on www.usatoday.com
Garth Brooks announced his retirement in 2000, three months before the launch of iTunes. But when the 52-year-old country superstar begins selling his catalog digitally, perhaps as early as this week, he could set records even while bypassing Apple’s music service entirely.
Already the top-selling artist in the USA since 1991 (when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales), Brooks stands to dramatically increase his total album sales with downloads, which he’ll offer exclusively through garthbrooks.com. He’ll likely become the best-selling solo act in history almost immediately — even before he releases his first comeback single.