Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Will There Be a New Garth Brooks Album for Christmas Stockings?

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Will There Be a New Garth Brooks Album for Christmas Stockings?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Two days after Garth Brooks walked off a stage in New York City's Central Park, EMI-Capitol Records reported sales leaps of as high as 114 percent on his albums.

What they couldn't report are sales figures for Brooks' new album Sevens, which the HBO concert Aug. 7 was conceived to launch. Unhappy with Capitol's marketing plans and shaken by the recent departures of key executives, Brooks has refused to allow the release of the album.

Now, Brooks and Capitol executives are trying to reach an agreement to get Sevens out in time for the Christmas season. "I don't know when it will come out," Brooks said. "It can't come any later than the year 2015. That's when my deal is up, you know? I don't know, I really don't." Brooks is adamant that he would rather delay the record than chance a repeat of the performance of his last project, Fresh Horses (1995). Fresh Horses has sold over 4 million copies. That's more than respectable, but Brooks measures himself against his peak record, No Fences in 1990. That effort has sold 13 million. Capitol marketing executive Pat Quigley agrees that 4 million isn't enough sales for an artist of Brooks' stature. The Oklahoman has sold more than 62 million, second only to The Beatles in U.S. sales. Quigley last worked with Brooks on the plan that sold 9 million of 1994's The Hits. "How can a guy who sells 4 million records complain?" Quigley said. "He complains because we had a plan to sell 10 million of The Hits in six months, which we basically did. And within that we had a plan to sell his core audience, what I call fence sitters, people who are disposed to country music but maybe not Garth, and then 40 percent to people who never bought a Garth record before. "We didn't do that (on Fresh Horses). We let him down." Quigley is the only Capitol executive to whom Brooks was close who still remains at the company. …

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