Korean Beatles Fans to Receive a Gift on Leap Day

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Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon of The Beatles in London in 1963.

Beatles fans in South Korea will soon be able to stream the Fab Four on select legal music services. Universal Music Korea announced on Monday that a total of 17 albums by the iconic band will be available for streaming beginning on Leap Day, Feb. 29.

UMK said it has authorized access to the coveted catalog to ten South Korean streaming services, including Genie Music, Kakao Music, MelOn, Milk Music, Mnet and Naver Music. The news comes two months after the Beatles arrived (with much fanfare) on global services including Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and Tidal -- none of which have launched on the Korean peninsula.

The delay is the result of long-stalled negotiations over licensing fees, according to the Korea Times. Until now, Korean fans had to buy actual albums or songs (gasp!) either physically or digitally via iTunes to get their Beatles fix.

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Albums to stream starting Feb. 29 include Please Please Me, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Let It Be, as well as several compilations.

새로운 역사의 시작, 비틀스(The Beatles)의 디지털 음원 국내 서비스를 오는 29일부터 시작합니다. #13개정규앨범 #4개컴필레이션앨범 #디지털서비스런칭 #다운로드 #스트리밍 #ㄱㄱ#비틀스 #새로운역사의시작

Posted by Universal Music Korea (유니버설뮤직 코리아) on Sunday, February 21, 2016