McCartney winging into online realm


Paul McCartney's entire post-Beatles catalog will appear online for the first time as part of a "comprehensive relaunch" of his repertoire, his record company EMI Music said Monday.

EMI also confirmed its Parlophone label has retained the McCartney catalog, terms for which were not disclosed.

Through the planned reissues campaign, albums from McCartney and his group Wings will be made available across all digital platforms and in physical formats.

The project will cover the singer-songwriter's post-Beatles legacy, from his first album "McCartney" (1970) to his most recent studio album "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard" (2005), which earned three Grammy nominations.

"Our digital campaign will be DRM-free," said an EMI spokesperson, adding that more details will follow shortly.

"Paul McCartney's post-Beatles catalog, spanning four decades, is one of the great treasures of popular music," said Tony Wadsworth, chairman and CEO of EMI Music U.K. "EMI is proud to be introducing Paul's music to the digital marketplace."

McCartney will release his next studio album "Memory Almost Full" on June 4 internationally (one day later in North America) as part of a new deal with Hear Music, the label formed by Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Music Group.

Lars Brandle is global news editor at Billboard.