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Garth Brooks confirms album and tour comeback plans

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Jul 10, 2014 | 3:52pm EDT

Country superstar Garth Brooks is planning to return to the charts this winter (14) with his first album of new material in 13 years. The Friends In Low Places hitmaker retired from recording and touring in 2001 to raise his family, but in a press conference on Thursday (10Jul14), he announced he will be making a big comeback thanks to a new deal with Sony Music. He said, "The new record, I think, is what we would traditionally think of as a double album, just because there's a lot to say." The singer is hoping to release the first single "sometime in the next two months" and is eyeing a late November (14) date for the follow-up to 2001's Scarecrow. His first ever world tour will then follow. Brooks also revealed that for the first time, he will be going digital. However, his music will not be heading to popular services like Apple's iTunes, because he refuses to let individual songs be purchased; instead, his full catalogue will be available as a package from his own official website and he claims it will be very affordable: "(Some people) might think I'm giving it away, but I'm not. (It'll be) at a stupid price." During the press conference, Brooks also touched on the controversy surrounding his cancelled run of gigs in Dublin, Ireland, which had been due to take place later this month (Jul14). The shows were scrapped on Tuesday (08Jul14) after local council officials refused to grant permits for two additional dates that had been added to the original three-night stint at Croke Park. He added, "The people of Ireland are the most loving people on the planet. However, the system needs to look at itself... Don't sell a show to people and get their hopes up and then cancel it. It just isn't fair... "If the prime minister himself wants to speak to me, I will crawl, swim, and even fly over." Irish parliamentary officials are currently attempting to work with Dublin council bosses and the gig promoters to salvage the mini-residency, Brooks' first shows in Ireland in 17 years.

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