We knew Garth Brooks had friends in low places, but this is ridiculous.
Speaking with Access Hollywood, the country music legend took the “devil,” also known as the “nice people” at YouTube, to task for what he calls an unfair compensation model for artists. Brooks told Billy Bush that the video giant “claims they pay people but they’re not paying anything either. People get millions and millions of views and they don’t get squat, trust me.”
Brooks added that despite having reservations with the Google-owned company, he doesn’t think he’ll pull a Prince any time soon. “You can do it but you can’t get out of it,” he said of removing his videos. “I had a sweet meeting with them, they were all fired up they were all like 12… so young. I said, ‘how do you get out?’ Silence, you don’t. Thanks for our wonderful, uh, somebody judging on this one on the government. But yeah, it’s totally backward now.”
Bush broached the digital music topic with a question about Taylor Swift‘s exodus from Spotify, which Brooks wholeheartedly endorsed. “When music starts standing up for itself, it’s gonna get a lot better,” he said. “Guys, there’s some big friends in music we need to stand up to. I mean, if iTunes is gonna tell you how to sell your stuff and it’s only gonna go this way, don’t forget who’s creating the music.”
Brooks recently launched his own iTunes-like retailer, called Ghost Tunes, on the occasion of his first new album in 13 years, the fittingly titled Man Against Machine.