In Billboard's special feature package, Andrew Hampp and Ed Christman examine the leading labels heading into the crucial Q4. Over the next week, Biz will excerpt portions from the package starting today with Columbia Records. Here, Billboard looks at the label's positioning heading into Q4 and talks to chairman/CEO Rob Stringer about his Q4 strategy, big releases and dark horses, the value of gift cards and why there won't be a Daft Punk Christmas album.
The Beatles are going Downtown, or at least a small but important part of their early catalog is. In a just-announced deal, Downtown Music Publishing will now serve as U.S. administer to five Beatles tracks, including the classics "Please, Please Me," "P.S. I Love You," "Love Me Do" and "Ask Me Why."