Garth Brooks has confirmed that he will release on Nov. 6 "The Ultimate Hits," a 34-track, two-CD greatest hits retrospective with four new songs, and a DVD with videos.

Billboard.biz first reported the news on Aug. 10.

The album will be self-distributed to all retailers via his Pearl Records label. "We're doing deals one-on-one with retail," Brooks' said at a press conference Aug. 18 in Nashville. His two-year exclusive deal with Wal-Mart expired on July 7.

Brooks said the package will likely be sold for a retail price of $11-14. Long-time marketing partner Joe Mansfield will head-up sales efforts. And as expected, Brooks' release will not be available via iTunes as Brooks does not want songs unbundled.

The collection will sport two different album covers, one of which will be a limited edition.

Big Machine Records, which will handle promotion of the new cuts, will deliver power ballad "More Than A Memory" to radio on Aug. 27. The song, about the singer's inability to move on from a broken relationship, was written by Lee Brice, Kyle Jacobs and Billy Montana.

Big Machine is the new label home of Brooks' wife Trisha Yearwood. Brooks joked that he did not turn to the label for promotional support because "my wife told me to."

Brooks and Big Machine president Scott Borchetta fronted the media gathering. Radio programmers were flown-in for a two-day event during which they heard the new music and attended a seminar that provided a retrospective of Brooks' career.

Brooks, who had retired in 2001, is maintaining his stance that he'll be a stay-at-home-dad until his daughters are grown. His youngest daughter should graduate from high school in 2015.

Still, some sort of live component to the project's release seems imminent. "If we're going to do something on that scale, we're going to find a way to bring it locally into your town," he said, noting that country radio would somehow be involved. While Brooks wouldn't give details on what is rumored to be an extended run in a single market, he did allow that he would be doing a "thank you" concert for Wal-mart.

He also said he would actively promote the album via television, radio and other media venues. "You're going to see us everywhere," Brooks said at the press conference. "It's my job to let people know it's out there. And then after February, I'm going to go back to whatever I was doing before this."

The other new cuts on the release include "Midnight Sun," a song Brooks co-wrote with Jerrod Niemann and Richie Brown, and "Leave The Light On," which was penned by Randy Goodrum and Tommy Sims. Also included is a duet on Huey Lewis' "Workin' For A Livin'."

Writers of Brooks' past hits included on the collection have agreed to take a smaller piece of the royalty pie, knowing that the pie itself will be bigger because of Brooks sales history. These songwriters have already been paid full royalties on the original release, the Wal-mart greatest hits collection and other configurations.

"Suppose Kent Blazy [who co-wrote 'If Tomorrow Never Comes' and 'Ain't Goin' Down (Til The Sun Comes Up)'] makes $10 a year with his regular songwriting cut," Brooks explained. "He might take a 50% cut, knowing that you'll be making $100 instead of $10. We try to take care of the songwriters, and the songwriters have stepped up to make this happen."

Meanwhile, the songwriters who wrote the collection's new songs will be paid at a normal rate.

Brooks has sold 66 million albums in the U.S. during his 18-year career, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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