Paul McCartney has announced that he will reissue his lucrative solo catalogue through indie label Concord Music Group, driving yet another nail in the coffin of the singer’s former distributor, the financially struggling EMI.
The ex-Beatle first worked with the Los Angeles based Concord on his 2007 critically acclaimed album “Memory Almost Full” and again on his 2009 CD/DVD release “Good Evening New York City.”
The 2 releases were distributed under the moniker “Hear Music,” a team up between coffee chain giant Starbucks and Concord.
Though EMI did not handle Sir Paul’s last 2 records, they had maintained an exclusive licensing deal to distribute the pop legend’s post-Beatles solo work with Wings. The termination of the arrangement has left McCartney free to turn over his formidable back catalogue of approximately 2 dozen albums to the indie record label to distribute.
Concord has announced that the first reissue will be Wing’s classic 1973 “Band of on the Run” which will be released in August with bonus material.
In a prepared media statement, McCartney said, “Since the release of ‘Memory Almost Full’ in 2007 I’ve had a good working relationship with Concord and enjoyed our mutual love of music.”
Macca’s announcement coincides with the 40th anniversary of the release of his self-titled debut solo album.
Though losing McCartney’s post-Beatles work, EMI will continue to distribute The Beatles catalogue.
In the meantime, the ex-Fab megastar will be hitting the road this summer with his “Up
And Coming Tour” and recently announced a date in Mexico Coty at the Foro Sol on Thursday 27th May 2010.
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Did you know? According to Guinness World Records, Paul McCartney is the most successful songwriter in the history of popular music.