It’s about time Paul McCartney got to dabble in the delectable Beatles songbook again.
After the Beatles broke up in 1970, Sony ATV and the late Michael Jackson bought the rights to much of their cache.
Decades later, former Beatle and lyricist McCartney is in luck.
Copyright law states that an artist can once again own their songs 56 years after their original release date. This means that in 2018, McCartney will have the rights to classic tunes such as “Please Please Me,” and “Love me do.” And in 2019, he’ll own the song you wish played at your prom, “I saw Her Standing There.”
Even though the Singer—who is already worth over $700 million—has to wait until the ripe old age of 76 to regain rights to the first batch of songs, he’s very excited to get to perform his music again. He told The Wire , “You know what doesn’t feel very good is going on tour and paying to sing all my songs. Every time I sing ‘Hey Jude’ I’ve got to pay someone.”
McCartney has already started re-recording “Mother Nature’s Son,” and “Blackbird,” which were released in 1968 and thus won’t be available to him until 2024. Can you tell he’s excited?
What does this mean for fellow ex-Beatle Ringo Starr? Well… not much.