The Telegraph reports that the two remaining Beatles, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, together with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison (widows of John Lennon and George Harrison), are negotiating with technology companies in a milestone deal for digital music. Industry sources report that "a considerable sum" was being asked by the musicians, who insist on maximum control of their recordings. The expectation is that they will soon seal an exclusive deal with a leading operator such as Microsoft's MSN, which plans an internet music store. MSN has already previewed a service which enables buyers to browse through huge list of songs and albums to purchase and download on to their computers. There may also be a Beatles-branded store, where the group's music, videos and other multi-media products could be bought.
Along with Madonna and members of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles have long resisted the internet, although the band has its own website, with links to those of Starr, Sir Paul and the late George Harrison. EMI, which owns The Beatles' master recordings, has urged them to grant permission for online access.
The IPKat hopes that the negotiations prove successful and that the parties’ respective law firms are accorded a percentage of the deal that is commensurate with the happiness they confer upon the Beatles’ ever-faithful fans.
Beatlemania here, here und hier
Beetlemania here and here
Thursday, 10 June 2004
Posted by Jeremy at 10:50:00 pm