Garth Brooks Breaks Preorder Record at Walmart.com

Garth Brooks Breaks Preorder Record at Walmart.com

Garth Brooks: The Limited Series becomes fastest selling media title on site

Bentonville, Ark., November 23, 2005 – Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announced today that preorders for Garth Brooks: The Limited Series at Walmart.com (www.walmart.com) have reached record-breaking results on the site.  Brooks, named the Recording Industry’s Artist of the Century before retiring from performing in 2001, unveiled the boxed set on “the Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Nov. 10th and presale orders have skyrocketed since the announcement. 

Garth Brooks: The Limited Series boxed set becomes available for official sale exclusively at all Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB locations as well as Walmart.com beginning at 5 a.m. on Friday.  The set contains five and one-half hours of music on five CDs with several new, previously unreleased Garth recordings in addition to classic favorites.  A 90 minute DVD with never-before-seen footage is also included and fans can log onto Wal-Mart.com now to order it and have it shipped directly to their home. 

“Garth Brooks: The Limited Series has been our biggest and best selling preorder media title ever at Walmart.com, which has more than exceeded our expectations,” said Carter Cast, Walmart.com president. “Customers continue to respond favorably to the convenience of preordering online, coupled with the phenomenal value and extensive music content this unique boxed set gives them.”

The new boxed set features more than 70 tracks including a Lost Sessions CD with 11 previously unreleased Garth recordings and the all-access DVD with behind-the-scenes footage and a gallery of more than 150 photos. It also includes Sevens, Scarecrow and a 2-disc Double Live CD that is packaged with one of three new commemorative double live collector covers.  In addition, the boxed set also contains a 68-page booklet with lyrics and color photos. Garth Brooks: The Limited Series boxed set will be available only at Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB locations nationwide beginning at 5 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, while supplies last. The boxed set will retail for $25.00.

“When we first went to Garth about bringing his music exclusively to Wal-Mart customers, he reminded us that he was retired and enjoying his life in Oklahoma,” said David Porter, Wal-Mart vice president.  “Yet there were so many amazing songs in ‘the vault’ that hadn’t before been released. We’re excited to be able to offer his fans ‘new’ Garth Brooks music that we believe they’ll truly enjoy and that he’s personally selected to be included in this set.  The music and video footage is fun, it’s exciting and it’s pure Garth Brooks!”  

A tribute song, “Good Ride Cowboy,” is included in the boxed set that was written to honor Brooks’ good friend, rodeo personality Chris LeDoux. “Good Ride Cowboy” was released at radio in October and jumped to #18 on the Billboard Country Charts in its first week.

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