Brooks album to benefit breast cancer group
Response to a special edition of his hits collection at the nonprofit's website is too great to handle online.
By Matea Gold
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 16, 2007
Country music superstar Garth Brooks' announcement this morning that he's releasing a special edition of his forthcoming three-disc "The Ultimate Hits" album to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure overwhelmed the breast-cancer awareness organization's website, forcing volunteers to switch to phones to continue fielding pre-order requests.
The "pink edition" of Brooks' album will be available exclusively on www.komen.org
starting Nov. 6, with $10 of the $15 purchase price going directly to the group. The album will also include information about breast cancer and self-examinations. ("The Ultimate Hits," which includes three new songs among 30 tracks on two CDs plus a DVD with 33 videos, will be released the same day in a conventional version that will be sold at other outlets.)
Brooks said he was inspired to partner with Komen after his wife, singer Trisha Yearwood, participated in one of the organization's three-day fundraising walks.
"I've never been more proud of her," he said at a news conference in Manhattan. "So I immediately started to think, how can I be that cool?"