While Beatles fans celebrate the addition of the band's catalog to iTunes, Paul McCartney will help Sirius XM Radio ring in a milestone of its own next month. McCartney will play New York's Apollo Theater for the first time on Dec. 13, in a an invitation-only event for listeners of the satellite radio service as it approaches 20 million subscribers.
The concert will be broadcast live on six different Sirius XM channels. The company also announced the launch of "Paul McCartney's Band on the Run Radio," a commerical-free music channel showcasing McCartney's catalog that will run 24/7 from Nov. 29 to Dec. 26. The channel coincides with the reissue of "Band on the Run," McCartney's 1973 album with Wings, that was released earlier this month.
"Sir Paul's performance at the Apollo Theater is our way of thanking our subscribers," Sirius President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein said in a statement. "We are thrilled to offer them an opportunity to attend the event and listen live to this once-in-a-lifetime concert on Sirius XM.
The news follows Apple's morning announcement that the Beatles' catalog -- including all 13 remastered studio albums -- is now for sale on iTunes, after the group's material had long been unavailable from digital retailers. "We're really excited to bring the Beatles' music to iTunes," McCartney said. "It's fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around."