Jul 03 2017

Paul McCartney Regains Beatles Rights From Sony

Paul McCartney has struck a deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing to regain the rights to the music that he wrote for the Beatles.

 

McCartney has not had the rights to his own music since 1985 when ATV publishing, who had owned the rights since 1967, was put up for sale. McCartney was outbid by the late Michael Jackson who paid $47 million for the catalog.

In 1995, Jackson sold half of his holdings to Sony for $100 million. The other half was sold to Sony by Jackson’s estate for $750 million.

McCartney has claimed that he should have the rights returned to him starting next year due to the copyright laws which return songs back to the original composers after 56 years. Sony, on the other hand, had not acknowledged the scheduled transfer of rights and McCartney has been working with them the last couple of years to get plans in place but had to revert to legal moves.

Jul 03 2017

The Brewsters To Publish “Warts and All” Book About The Angels

John and Rick Brewster will tell the “warts and all” story of The Angels in a book to be released on August 1, 2017.

Mar 22 2017

Oz Music Legend Mark Seymour Unveils New Album & National Tour Dates

Celebrated Aussie musician Mark Seymour has compiled a new retrospective full-length album celebrating 30 years of songwriting ahead of embarking on a six-date national tour from late June.

Roll Back The Stone 1985-2016 collects Seymour's best-known and best-loved works — yes, including Hunters & Collectors favourites such as Throw Your Arms Around MeWhen The River Runs Dry and the evergreen Holy Grail — re-recorded and reimagined with his current backing band, The Undertow.

The album was laid down over three nights in the Scrap Museum, at Richmond's Bakehouse Studios, and draws on the complementary talents of instrumentalists Cameron McKenzie (guitars), Peter Maslen (drums) and John Favaro (bass) to imbue Seymour's songs, no matter their physical age, with a renewed sense of purpose and immediacy.

As its name suggests, the 24-track release spans from 1985 to most recent album Mayday, painting a thorough picture of a life lived through song over the past three decades. The album will be released on Friday 24 March via Liberation Music, and pre-orders are available now.

The band hit the road soon after, starting off with an all-ages outing at Hobart's Theatre Royal on Saturday 24 June, before heading to Brisbane (18+), Melbourne (all ages), Adelaide (18+, though under-18s can be accompanied by a guardian), Sydney (18+) and Perth (same deal as Adelaide), where Seymour and his band finish up on Saturday 26 August, at the Astor Theatre.

Frontier Members get first run at tickets, with a pre-sale running from 2pm AEDT on Tuesday 21 March through till the same time on Wednesday 22 March, or until the allocation runs out.

General-public tickets will go on sale the same day as the album — Friday 24 March — from 10am local time.