…from a recent interview on Access Hollywood Live:
Billy Bush: So we were talking earlier about the changing face of music right now. Taylor Swift has done something interesting, she’s having a standoff with Spotify the streaming service, and won’t let them stream her music because she says they aren’t paying the artists enough. Do you have an opinion on that?
Garth Brooks: Yeah —
Bush: — and Aldean just followed.
Brooks: Yeah, I think a lot of people are going to start following. When music starts standing up for itself, it’s going to get a lot better. And there’s, ya know, some big friends of ours in music we need to stand up to too. I mean, if iTunes tells you how they’re going to sell your stuff and it’s only gonna go this way… don’t for get who’s creating this music and who should be doing this stuff.
And I’m telling you, the devil. Nice people but, YouTube. Oh my gosh.
Kit Hoover (2nd host): — what do you mean?
Brooks: Well YouTube, they claim they pay people, they’re not paying anything either. And then, people get millions and millions and millions of views and they don’t get squat, trust me.
Songwriters are hurting, and so I applaud Ms. Taylor, I applaud everybody for standing up for the songwriters, because without them music is nothing.
Bush: You’re right, the first thing [Taylor Swift] said when she gave her position is this is for the songwriters, who should be getting paid here. Have you contacted YouTube, did you tell them to pull down your stuff, did you stay after these people?
Brooks: 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 were the sweetest and they’re all like 12 —
Brooks: — they’re so young. And I said, “I’ve just got the first question, ‘how do you get out?'”
Hoover: You don’t.
Brooks: Silence. You don’t. You don’t get out. Thanks to our wonderful – somebody judging on this one – on the government, but, it’s totally backward right now.
But if the artist will just keep hammering away, unify, stick together, then music will be the king again which is what it should be. Music should always be first.