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Macca signs back catalogue deal with Concord

By | Published on Wednesday 21 April 2010

Paul McCartney has done a deal with US indie Concord Music Group who will now distribute and market all of Macca’s post-Beatles recordings catalogue, including the Wings albums. The new distribution deal follows the end of a similar arrangement regarding back catalogue with EMI, and is therefore being spun by many as another blow for the flagging London-based major.

Of course, Macca ended his active label relationship with EMI back in 2007 when he signed up to the aforementioned Starbucks-owned label Hear Music, who released his ‘Memory Almost Full’ long player. Concord were Starbucks’ business partners in its music project, and Macca has continued to collaborate with the indie since the Hear Music venture was wound down.

The new deal will see Concord reissue much of Macca’s back catalogue, starting with 1973 Wings album ‘Band On The Run’. Each reissue will come with the customary bonus material. Confirming the new deal, McCartney said in a statement: “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”.

I think Macca is still glued into EMI on his classical projects and, of course, none of this affects the major’s hold over the Beatles catalogue.