BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Country superstar Garth Brooks (search) has signed an exclusive multiyear contract with Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
No details of the agreement were released by Wal-Mart officials Friday, but Billboard and the Los Angeles Times reported the deal will make Wal-Mart, Sam's Club (search) and their online outlets the only places where Brooks' music will be commercially available.
Brooks, among the all-time best-selling recording artists, retired from performing in 2001.
"We understand the Wal-Mart customer and know that bringing them Garth Brooks exclusives in the upcoming years is something that'll excite them as much as it excites us," said David Porter, vice president and divisional merchandise manager for Wal-Mart, a leading retailer for country music sales.
Brooks' hits include "Friends in Low Places," "Shameless" and "Longneck Bottle."