Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Led Zeppelin Looking For Exclusive Deal For Streaming Rights

In reviewing the year end report for 2012, one of the standout figures is the number of times the biggest songs were streamed on the internet. Whether through Spotify, Mog, Rhapsody or another subscription service, or via video on YouTube, some songs reached numbers in the tens of millions.

There remain a few holdouts from the streaming tsunami. You can get the solo work of the Beatles but not the group's catalog. Neither are the albums of Pink Floyd, the Eagles or AC/DC. At times it even gets down to individual works such as Taylor Swift's latest smash Red, even though the rest of her albums are available.

Then there's Led Zeppelin who are now negotiating with a number of companies for the exclusive rights to their streamed music. According to the New York Times, those in the running include Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio and Deezer.

A spokesman for Warner Music said in a statement "We’re excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Led Zeppelin to activate streaming rights for their catalog. We’re supportive of the band’s discussions with W.M.G.’s streaming service partners to create a window of exclusivity to maximize the impact of this launch."

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