Paul McCartney pulls his albums from streaming services
Paul McCartney fans will no longer be able to get their fix from streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio and MOG.
After Digital Music News reported yesterday (2/7) that Concord Music, which currently distributes McCartney's back catalog, had requested that all of the former Beatle's solo and Wings efforts be pulled from Spotify, the streaming music giant responded to the publication by pointing out that McCartney actually pulled his material in 2010, aside from a small amount of content licensed through other compilations.
Digital Music News further reported that an order leaked from Universal Music Group and Concord which designates that "all streaming services" are being asked to remove McCartney's material from their offerings. A check of Rdio and MOG confirms this, although McCartney's post-Beatles work remained available at Rhapsody as of Wednesday afternoon (2/8). A list of material specifically removed is included below.
The order doesn't appear to affect download services like iTunes or Amazon, and according to CNET, McCartney's pulldown order could be an attempt to force listeners to pay for downloads rather than listening to albums or songs for free, by using ad- or subscription-based services like Spotify.
Several artists have decline to license their work to streaming services in recent months, among them Adele, The Black Keys, Coldplay and Tom Waits, amid complaints about the size of the payouts offered by these services in return for the use of their music.
Paul McCartney solo and Wings albums removed from streaming services:
All the Best
Off the Ground
Paul Is Live
Run Devil Run
Tripping the Live Fantastic
Tripping the Live Fantastic Highlights!
Tug of War
Unplugged - The Official Soundtrack
Back to the Egg
Wings Over America
Wings at the Speed of Sound
Paul McCartney & Wings
Red Rose Speedway