Garth Brooks is one of the most successful and popular country music artists of all time. Despite his huge success, he has yet to join the streaming revolution, which makes it difficult for fans to listen to his music. So why is Garth Brooks not on Spotify?
First and foremost, Garth Brooks does not believe in streaming. He believes that the streaming model devalues the music he has worked so hard over his career to create.
In an interview with The New York Times, he said “I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst form of piracy there is—the streaming stuff… I can’t support it.” He also believes that streaming services do not pay fair compensation for the music they use.
Another contributing factor is that Brooks’ catalog is owned by Sony Music Entertainment which makes it difficult for him to negotiate a deal with Spotify. Sony Music Entertainment has its own streaming service called Sony Music Unlimited which they would rather have artists use instead of Spotify.
Garth Brooks has made some efforts to make his music available online. He launched his own website, GhostTunes, in 2014 where people could purchase his music digitally and download it onto their computers or phones. Unfortunately, GhostTunes shut down in 2017 due to lack of popularity and was replaced by Amazon Music Unlimited but still no sign of Garth on Spotify.
It appears that Garth Brooks will not be joining Spotify anytime soon. His strong stance against the streaming model and its perceived devaluation of music make it unlikely that he will ever come around to using the platform. He will continue to rely on traditional digital downloads as well as physical releases as a means of selling his music.
It appears that Garth Brooks will not be joining Spotify any time soon due to his strong stance against the streaming model and its perceived devaluation of music. Fans cannot listen to his songs through this platform but can still purchase them through digital downloads or physical releases.