Despite having split up in 1970, The Beatles have arguably one of the most valuable and recognisable legacies in pop music history. The Liverpool quartet of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Star were colossal icons worldwide throughout the 1960s and are responsible for some of the most recognisable pop songs ever written – from ‘Let It Be’ to ‘Love Me Do’, and from ‘Hey Jude’ to ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, they wrote and recorded some of the most influential pop standards. However, as of this week, they are only just making their debut on music streaming – a service which has rapidly become a staple way for music lovers to get their fixes, so much that streaming has become part of chart calculations in some parts of the world!
Popular streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music and Google Play have secured the Fab Four’s back catalogue, which will allow fans and new listeners alike to dig into their fascinating musical history, alongside the legions of musicians and bands that had signed deals with streaming content some years before. Certainly, it’s not the first time that it has taken a while for The Beatles to latch onto modern music technology and sales formats – as BBC News states, the quartet’s music joined iTunes in 2010, and music streaming has steadily gained momentum ever since.
The BBC report further posits that the time it has taken for The Beatles to reach Spotify et al is largely down to music publishers wishing to hold out for the best deal – as the sales of Beatles albums, compilations and even singles continue to be both collectors’ items and hot property on and offline – making them extremely lucrative. As it stands, passing all of the music over to online streaming could potentially have resulted in significant loss – meaning that the decision has been thoroughly weighed!
It will be interesting to see what effect, if any, The Beatles’ content being released to the streaming world will have upon charts both domestically and worldwide – and if this will see the Fab Four dominate charts once again, over fifty years since they first came to prominence. Certainly, if this will be the case, it will have been an extremely shrewd move to have kept their classic songs away from streaming platforms this long – but for those of us that use such services, we are simply happy to have them within the ranks where they belong.