Country superstar Garth Brooks has signed an exclusive multi-year contract for his music to be exclusively distributed by Wal-Mart Stores Incorporated.

The deal will make Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and their online outlets the only places where Brooks' music will be commercially available.

DAVID PORTER, vice president and divisional merchandise manager for Wal-Mart, says, "We understand the Wal-Mart customer and know that bringing them Garth Brooks exclusives in the upcoming years is something that'll excite them as much as it excites us."

Brooks, whose hits include FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES and Shameless, retired from performing in 2001.