Friday 26 May 2017

White (album) Christmas: The Beatles will arrive on all streaming platforms on Christmas Eve

The Beatles, pictured receiving their MBEs in 1965, still hold the record for the most Christmas number one singles
The Beatles, pictured receiving their MBEs in 1965, still hold the record for the most Christmas number one singles
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Fans of The Beatles are about to receive the ultimate Christmas present as the Liverpudlian band will arrive on all streaming platforms on Christmas Eve.

What is more, their back catalogue will be available everywhere - Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, TIDAL, Amazon Prime Music - for free.

The Beatles heading to Germany from London Heathrow in 1966
The Beatles heading to Germany from London Heathrow in 1966

So, even if you're signed up to Spotify for free you can access their work in full.

The Beatles is the best-selling band of all time, having sold 600 million albums and has boycotted streaming for years.

Rubber Soul, by The Beatles.
Rubber Soul, by The Beatles.

The turnaround is thought to have happened in January when former Universal Music Group digital exec Rob Wells reopened discussions.

Maybe they were influenced by similar turnarounds by Led Zeppelin and AC/DC earlier this year.

The work was recorded at Abbey Road
The work was recorded at Abbey Road

The digital downloads industry is on the decline - music streaming services have begun to surpass downloads in terms of revenue. 

However, artists like Adele and Taylor Swift have remained opposed to streaming although Swift relented somewhat this year and her music is now available via Apple Music.

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