Garth Brooks Leaves Capitol Records

Published: 2005-06-06
After 16 years and millions upon millions of albums sold, Garth Brooks has decided to end his business ties with Capitol Records. The only label that Brooks has ever called home, Capitol Nashville has distributed the mega country superstar since 1989, selling over 100 million records under the company's name.

The terminated licensing agreement gave Capitol Records exclusive license to Brooks's recordings. According to the Capitol Nashville press release, Capitol paid no compensation to dissolve the contract, and Brooks didn't seek any.

The two parties parted by mutual agreement and remain on good terms. "For nearly two decades, Capitol Nashville has had an extraordinary and fruitful relationship with Garth," Capitol Nashville president and CEO Mike Dungan commented in a statement. "We wish him all the best for the future."

Though Brooks officially retired from music in 2000, he released his last album, Scarecrow, in 2001. Brooks recently re-entered the gossip mill when he proposed to long-time girlfriend Trisha Yearwood at the Legends in Bronze event last month.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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