Garth Brooks' No Fences 25th Anniversary Reissue Hits Snag

(Radio.com) Garth Brooks fans may have to wait a little-or perhaps a lot-longer for the 25th anniversary release of No Fences. Featuring remixed and remastered tracks and a new version of the hit "Friends in Low Places" with George Strait, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban, the project hit a wall recently due to a disagreement over royalties.

Brooks arranged a deal with an unnamed retailer. In exchange for buying 1 million units, the retailer asked publishers for lowered royalties, which most agreed to. Sony/ATV Music and Universal Music Publishing Group did not, instead requesting a higher royalty rate which would exceed the retailer's budget.

Brooks spoke with Billboard about the stall. After talking with the publishers holding out on making the deal, he learned they wanted to protect the songwriters. "I respect that, he said. "That's been my whole thing since day one; you have to protect the songwriters." Read more here.

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