Brooks & Dunn get original on iTunes
Monday, October 27, 2008
– Brooks & Dunn is dropping "iTunes Originals," extending iTunes' popular series of exclusive releases with not one, but audio and video entries from the best-selling duo in country music history.
Available now, the two titles mirror one another with hits, interview segments with the duo and exclusive live performances filmed on Ronnie Dunn's property in Nashville. Featuring 11 songs, each release weaves such chart-topping Brooks & Dunn favorites as Play Something Country and Brand New Man along with newly recorded, exclusive commentary from the duo and six live, full-band performances, among them the award-winning Believe,My Maria and Lost and Found, as well as an intimate, round-the-campfire rendition of their number one hit Red Dirt Road.
The video version marks only the second iTunes Originals video release and the first ever done for a country artist.
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