Apple Corps, Ltd., MTV Games and Harmonix, the world’s leading developer of music-based games and a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), today announced The Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) will be available in its entirety for purchase and playable as downloadable content in The Beatles™: Rock Band™ Music Store starting November 17, 2009.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band becomes the second full album from The Beatles to hit The Beatles: Rock Band Music Store since the video game’s launch on September 9, 2009. Last month MTV Games and Harmonix released Abbey Road (1969) as the first full downloadable album for use in the game. Additionally, “All You Need Is Love,” the first downloadable track available for the game, has shown similar success with more than 100,000 downloads to date on XboxLIVE® online entertainment network and all Apple Corps Ltd., MTV Games, Harmonix and Microsoft proceeds benefiting Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
Walt Disney Co is to remake the zany 1960s Beatles movie “Yellow Submarine” in 3-D in a deal with the Apple Corp.
Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook said on Friday the new “Yellow Submarine” will be directed by Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis using the same motion-capture effects he employed in the family movie “Polar Express.”
It will incorporate the 16 Beatles songs and recordings from the original film, licensed from Sony/ATV Music Publishing and EMI Capitol Records.
Well, I am. Call me old-fashioned. But those critics who say no one cares about The Beatles are deluded. Things could get all “fab” again, like…though not so sure about the Apple Inc. connection. Lots more videos right here.
It’s so frustrating that one of the world’s most-pirated bands hasn’t yet been offered a deal it can accept to go online, with Paul McCartney today telling Billboard that even though the surviving members of the band would like to go for it, negotiations aren’t going well.
“That is constantly being talked of, we’d like to do it,” McCartney told Billboard.
“We are very for it, we’ve been pushing it,” he said. “But there are a couple of sticking points, I understand. So the last word I got back was that it had stalled, the whole process…They [EMI] want something we’re not prepared to give them.” Continue reading →
Paul McCartney has confirmed that the mythical Beatles song ‘Carnival Of Light’ exists, and has suggested it may see release. The experimental 14-minute song was recorded in 1967 for an electronic music festival but was never released. Wonder if it will be released digitally?
We’re not all about iPhone applications here, promise – they’re just becoming ever more interesting, we think, but this one’s been attracting so much attention, Four Track for iPhone – a multitrack audio recorder for the iPhone and iPod touch.
FourTrack is a songwriting and practice tool for singers, guitar players, piano players and other musicians who want to capture musical ideas and record songs on their iPhone. “Plug in a microphone, arm a track, record, and repeat,” the developers say.
The app works with the iPhone built-in microphone, a headset mic, or an iPod touch with a third-party mic and headphones. WiFi sync allows FourTrack recordings to be downloaded to any desktop computer with a browser. Tracks can then be loaded into any recording software (DAW) to continue working on songs.
The Beatles are going digital – though not (yet) through any online music service, instead selected music from the band will be made available in Rock Band.
Apple Corp. is expected to announce the move – which we consider could be the thin end of a wedge suggesting deployment of a broader digital strategy by the band – at 2pm today.
The move means music from the band will be made available to Rock Band 2 (set to ship November 21) players on a paid for download basis. It’s significant because it represents one of the earliest digital avatars on the part of arguably the most seminal UK act.
Speaking exclusively to Distorted Loop, the company explained: “Wippit has closed. After eight years of pushing the digital boundaries, Wippit can no longer compete in the current market climate. Thank you to everyone that has supported us over the years and apologies to those that will miss us.” Continue reading →
Beatles management company Apple Corp. is in talks with two video-games companies with a view to introduce a Beatles-themed video game….
Representatives of the band have been chatting to Activision and MTV Games (makers of Guitar Hero and Rock Band respectively) to discuss concepts for the game.
Various reports claim a deal could be completed within weeks, though it would still have to be approved by a long list of interested parties: Apple Corps., EMI and (in the event of use of one of the 200 songs copyright on which is owned by Sony) Sony. The deal could be worth several million dollars
Apple Corps. board features former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and the surviving familes of the other two: Olivia Harrison, wife of the late George Harrison, and Yoko Ono, wife of John Lennon.
Apple Corps and EMI have not yet licensed the band’s music for digital release, but this ‘Holy Grail’ of music licensing is always speculated upon.