EMI Strikes Deal to Raid BBC Vaults For Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Bowie

June 11, 2008 10:55 AM ET

EMI and the BBC have struck a deal that might see unreleased material by Pink Floyd, Coldplay, David Bowie and many more finally getting let out of the vault. The broadcasting giant is housing thousands of hours of video, audio and radio recordings, which EMI will be granted access to. How the label will parcel out this new material is unknown, but the label could release it digitally or tack it onto future reissues of albums by their roster of artists. The deal only covers artists that are under contract with EMI, which includes heavy hitters like Paul McCartney and Queen.

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“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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