Twenty clips roll out Oct. 2.
For the first time, Duran Duran's glamorous-and sometimes risqué-catalog of music videos is to be made available as digital downloads from Oct. 2.
An initial offering of 20 clips will roll out across video-enabled download services globally Oct. 2 through EMI, with whom the group recorded for much of their 25-plus year career.
The veteran British rock/pop outfit's ground-breaking promos for "Planet Earth," "Girls On Film," "Hungry Like the Wolf," "The Wild Boys" and "A View To A Kill" are among the first batch. An EMI spokesperson says participating services will set the retail price for the downloads.
As part of the offering, an exclusive bundle will be available through Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store, which includes two documentary shorts, "A Day In the Life" and "Liberty."
Keyboardist and founding member Nick Rhodes says that the band members welcome new opportunities in the digital music arena. "You have to accept that business has changed. We underwent the industrial revolution in the music business for the first time -- in many, many years -- over the last few years," Rhodes tells Billboard.com. "There were many of us, including myself and Duran Duran, who seized the opportunity as we saw this as the beginning of something exciting and new that would undoubtedly revolutionize what we are doing. And it is still only the tip of the iceberg."
As previously reported, Duran Duran will this month become the first major band to induct their character, or avatar, in the Second Life online virtual reality game.