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Paul McCartney is back on Spotify and other streaming music services

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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.

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Stuart Dredge
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