In February this year, a rumpus blew up about Paul McCartney’s back catalogue being pulled from streaming music services, before it emerged that it had been removed back in 2010.
That’s changing now though: McCartney has quietly returned to numerous streaming services.
After spotting some of his albums on Spotify, we’ve been checking Deezer, Rhapsody and Rdio, and all have a number of the former Beatle’s albums – with a skew to the more recent ones – as well as a smattering of Wings stuff.
The quiet return of the catalogue is interesting, given comments in February by Phillip Bailey from McCartney’s label Concord: “This wasn’t done because people are anti-streaming… Management has decided they would really like to have some sort of unveiling [on streaming services]… They want, more than anything, to make it an event.”
Er, hopefully we haven’t spoiled that, then.
But in truth, McCartney is exactly the kind of artist who’ll make very-good money from streaming without cannibalising sales of his albums – streamers will hammer his back catalogue, while fans will still buy downloads and CDs.