Prince William, Kate Middleton Wedding to Be Released on iTunes
Audio of the entire ceremony will be available digitally within hours of the April 29 nuptials; physical copies set for May 5 release.
LONDON - Kate Middleton and Prince William's royal "I dos" will be available to download on iTunes within hours of their wedding ceremony ending, in the fastest ever album release Universal Music has ever handled, chairman David Joseph said Wednesday.
Decca Records will release the soundtrack album of Kate and William's nuptials to online retailers on April 29th. The entire ceremony at Westminster Abbey - including the service and the couple's historic vows -
will be released digitally on the day - and on CD, vinyl and old-fashioned cassette tape from May 5th.
The official album will include a booklet with the order of service, the readings, vows, hymns and blessings of the ceremony, as well as the music.
Decca - part of Universal Music - also recorded the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. The label has hired multi-Grammy-nominated producer Anna Barry to produce the event.
"The wedding means so much to millions of people all over the world. We have to capture every note and every nuance perfectly and have the recording ready within minutes of the end of the ceremony," Barry said. "This is a
great honor and an enormous responsibility."
The recording could go to the top of the album charts, raising millions for charitable causes. Musicians expected to perform include the choir of Westminster chapel, the London Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Air Force choir.
"Thanks to digital technology we will be able to deliver it worldwide almost instantly - it will be the fastest we have ever released an album of the stature," said Joseph.