Monday 25 June 2018

Van Morrison makes u-turn as back catalogue set to hit Spotify and iTunes

Music legend: Van Morrison
Music legend: Van Morrison
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Van Morrison has struck a deal which will see his music streamed on Spotify and his albums returning to iTunes.

Morrison pulled several of his albums from iTunes back in 2009 saying "I'm not a download artist... I don't need them" but has made a u-turn on that decision.

The Northern Irish singer's entire back catalogue will be available on Spotify and other streaming platforms from Friday - that's 33 albums spanning work with Them to solo albums including Veedon Fleece.

Legacy Recordings, the catalogue division of Sony Music Entertainment, said it had “acquired the rights to the most complete discography of contemporary music legend Van Morrison ever assembled under one label imprint.”

Van Morrison: It's Too Late to Stop Now
Van Morrison: It's Too Late to Stop Now

It's a collection of 50 album, video and compilation titles from 1964 to present day and many have not been available for streaming or via iTunes and many out of print titles will be made available as digital releases.

Van's decision comes just weeks after AC/DC went digital and Prince also recently made a u-turn by uploading a new single on Spotify.  He'll also release his new album via Jay Z's Tidal.

Taylor Swift and The Beatles are some of the biggest artists whose music is not available to stream.

Van celebrates his 70th birthday this week with two celebratory concerts in Belfast as BBC Radio Ulster broadcasts a week of radio celebrating the music legend.

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