When Garth Brooks begins selling his catalog digitally, he'll likely become the best-selling solo act in history almost immediately — even before he releases his first comeback single.
Garth recently announced he will begin selling his entire catalog online through his website later this summer, after a lengthy boycott of the digital retail space. He also promised that fans will be able to get his music at a bargain price.
"It's probably going to make a big, big splash," says David Bakula, a senior vice president for Nielsen Entertainment, which operates sales tracking service SoundScan. "The closer you get to free, the more you'll probably have a bunch of people who weren't really big fans and wouldn't have gone out and bought a new album [thinking], 'My, gosh, for that price I can have the whole thing? Yeah.' "
If Garth sells just a half-million downloads of his full, 18-disc catalog, he'll blow past Elvis Presley and become the biggest selling solo act in music history. (To date, he's sold 134 million to Elvis' 134.5 million.)
To become the biggest selling musical act of all time, Garth will still need to outsell the Beatles, who sit at 177 million albums sold. Garth has 43 million to go, but will likely close that gap further with a new double album due out in the fall.