Paul McCartney has taken a page from Björk’s innovative playbook, releasing five of his classic LPs as iPad apps. As The Guardian notes, the albums – Band on the Run, RAM, McCartney, McCartney II and Wings Over America – are available on Apple’s App Store now, each priced at $7.00 and bundled with remastered audio, interviews, videos (including documentaries and rehearsal footage), album and single artwork and photos.
The LP-as-app trend has been growing in popularity in recent years. In 2011, Björk released her album Biophilia as an innovative app that allowed users to interact with the music and visuals; Lady Gaga offered a similar companion piece with last year’s Artpop, and Jay Z distributed his 2013 album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, for free to Samsung customers via Android devices (before releasing it commercially).
In other Macca news, the former Beatle recently released a music video for New highlight “Early Days,” featuring a jam session with a variety of blues musicians and Johnny Depp. “I happened to ring Johnny Depp,” McCartney told Rolling Stone of the unexpected collaboration. “I said, ‘Come along and we’ll sit around and jam with these blues guys.’ He said, ‘Yeah, OK, count me in, man.’ I knew it was an offer he couldn’t refuse.”
Earlier this month, the rock legend bounced back to for a gig in Albany – his first live performance since contracting a virus in May and canceling or postponing a run of dates in East Asia and the U.S.