GARTH BROOKS LEAVES LABEL

On Friday, June 3, country superstar Garth Brooks left the only record label he's ever called home. After 16 years of recording for Capitol Nashville, Garth severed ties with the label. Capitol released this statement: "Capitol Nashville and Garth Brooks have decided by mutual agreement to terminate the current license agreement under which Capitol had the exclusive license to Garth Brooks' recordings. Terms are confidential, however, no compensation was requested by Mr. Brooks or paid by EMI for the license termination." Music Row magazine commented, "This report adds fuel to unconfirmed speculation that Brooks is planning to launch a new label which might involve executives Scott Borchetta, Malcolm Mimms and artist Trisha Yearwood. A pending Brooks/Yearwood duet album or series of tracks has been rumored in the creative community for several weeks."

The current rumor on the Row is that the Garth and Trisha duet album has already been recording and is just waiting for the legal red tape to be finished. Garth fans will remember that when he retired, he said there were still two albums he wanted to release someday--a tribute to George Strait, and a duet album with Trisha.

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