Paul McCartney goes digital

Posted by Wolfgang Gruener

Hollywood (CA) – EMI said late Monday that it will be releasing Paul McCartney’s entire solo catalog “across all digital platforms.” And there is even hope that Beatles songs may finally become available through commercial download platforms.

EMI Music said it has retained Paul McCartney's solo catalog and is currently preparing a re-launch of the titles, which will include physical re-releases as well as “digital campaigns.” The publisher did not provide further details which exact “digital campaigns” it has in mind, but the firm said that “McCartney and Wings albums will be made available across all digital platforms.”

The catalog will stretch from McCartney’s first solo album "McCartney" through his releases with Wings to his latest studio album "Chaos And Creation In The Backyard." McCartney will release his next studio album "Memory Almost Full" on June 4, 2007.

The move makes McCartney the final Beatles member to release his songs through the Internet. Recordings from John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr have been available for some time now.

In a conversation with Billboard, McCartney indicated that tracks from the Beatles could be appearing on commercial download platforms in the near future. "I don't want to pre-empt anything, but we're well on the way to something happening there, which is very exciting," McCartney told Billboard. He said that a deal to make the Beatles catalog available for purchase on the Internet is "virtually settled."