Ignore Madonna and Kanye West, one of the biggest-earning names in music this past year wasn’t a contemporary act, but digital music refuseniks, The Beatles.
The two surviving members of the band along with the estates of John Lennon and George Harrison received £35.1 million in dividends from Apple Corps, The Times reports.
Paul McCartney yesterday said that he “doesn’t mind” illegal downloading, though he does have some problems understanding the concept.
He explained that while he doesn’t download illegally himself, he was tempted to buy Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’ for a penny, but only so he could tell his mates he’d paid much more.
The artist was speaking at a London media event for the launch of his latest The Fireman album, ‘Electric Arguments’, recorded with Youth.
Paul McCartney and Youth have made selected tracks from the pair’s forthcoming album release, ‘Electric Arguments’ available for free streaming playback online.