Led Zeppelin Strikes Exclusive Deal With Spotify
Earlier today (Dec. 11), the streaming service announced that music fans will be able to hear Led Zeppelin’s complete catalogue from Swan Song/Atlantic Records by the end of this week via their app.
Starting today, fans can stream the band’s first two albums — Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II, both released in 1969 — with the band’s 12 additional albums being released each day at midnight (local time) for the next four days.
On Thursday (Dec. 11), Led Zeppelin III (1970) and their 1971 Led Zeppelin IV, will be available, with 1973’s Houses Of The Holy and 1975’s Physical Graffiti going live the next day.
Saturday, December 14 fans will be able to stream Presence (1976) and In Through The Out Door (1979), with Led Zeppelin’s remaining six albums — The Song Remains The Same (1976), Coda (1982), BBC Sessions (1997), How The West Was Won (2003), Mothership (2007), and Celebration Day (2012) — all going live on December 15.
Originally Led Zeppelin — who didn’t allow iTunes to sell their music until 2007 — said no to all streaming services. But back in January, it was reported that the band was looking for a deal that would make their entire catalogue available exclusively through only one streaming subscription service. Spotify, Rdio and Rhapsody were all believed to be in the running for the rights to stream the band’s music. As of now there is no word on how much Spotify paid to gain the rights to Zeppelin’s music.
The Eagles and Pink Floyd, who this past June was added to Spotify’s library, are among those classic rock bands who at first resisted streaming have now also given in. As of now though, The Beatles and AC/DC continue to abstain from streaming their music online.