Zeppelin's digital graffiti
Band's full catalog coming onlineLondon — Led Zeppelin will end its digital-music holdout when Warner Music Group makes the legendary rock outfit's entire catalog available to download starting Nov. 13.
All online music retailers will offer the group's full albums or a la carte downloads from that date, WMG said Monday.
Through a new exclusive partnership, Verizon Wireless will become the first mobile music service provider to deliver Led Zeppelin full-song over-the-air downloads, ringtones, ringback tones, alert tones and wallpapers.
"The Led Zeppelin catalog is a highly anticipated and essential addition to the world's leading digital music services," said Edgar Bronfman Jr., chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group. "We have been planning for this landmark day for a long time, and we look forward to expanding Led Zeppelin's presence across a full array of digital platforms."
Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said, "The addition of the digital option will better enable fans to obtain our music in whichever manner that they prefer."
The digital release program is timed to coincide with the release that day of the 24-track, two-CD Atlantic/Rhino compilation "Mothership," which spans the band's 12-year career.
On Nov. 20, a newly remixed and remastered version of the soundtrack to the 1976 concert film"The Song Remains the Same" will be reissued with six songs that were not on the original album.
The surviving members of Led Zeppelin — Page, singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones — will reform for a one-off performance Nov. 26 at London's O2 Arena to salute Atlantic Records co-founder and chairman emeritus Ahmet Ertegun, who died in December.
Lars Brandle is global news editor at Billboard.