Garth Brooks, that All-American, aw-shucks-ma’am singer who was supposed to rise from the ashes of self-imposed retirement to save country music has just declared war on cats – and fun! – by calling out YouTube’s less-than-stellar payment practices and then calling the company the devil.
Yeah, that should get the conversation rolling in a totally positive direction.
Garth chatted with Access Hollywood this morning and, because it’s the hot topic of the month, Taylor Swift and her fight against Spotify came up. Garth applauded her efforts and then called out the home of the cat video, YouTube, by saying they aren’t any better than iTunes and Spotify when it comes to compensating artists.
“And I’m telling you, the devil – nice people, but YouTube. Oh my gosh,” Garth exclaimed. “They claim they pay people. They’re not paying anything either and people are getting millions and millions and millions of views and they don’t get squat. Trust me.”
Garth – who launched his own digital music service GhostTunes in September – said he has spoken with YouTube about keeping his music off of the popular free streaming video site, but to no avail.
“Yeah, you can do it. But you can’t get out of it. I had a sweet meeting with them. They were all fired up. They’re the sweetest… and they’re all like 12,” he joked. “I had the first question: ‘How do you get out?’ Silence. You don’t.”
That’s right, Garth … YouTube is the Twilight Zone and once you’re in you can never, ever leave.
Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s a cute 45 minute cat video I’ve been meaning to watch.