Don McLean inks recording deal with Time Life

McLean to release previously unavailable catalog albums via digital platforms

Songwriter Hall of Fame member Don McLean has amassed a plethora of albums throughout his 50-year career, which began in 1969, and quickly soared his status to stardom with the 1971 release of American Pie. Now, in 2020, many of the recordings which has been unavailable on any digital platform will soon be released through a new recording and distribution agreement with Time Life, which is distributed through the WEA/Warner Bros. distribution system.

“I am really excited as my first six or seven albums have been the only music of mine available for people to listen to on Spotify and through all the streaming services,” McLean shares. “I was astounded to learn how many streams I received just in 2019 alone from those projects so I figured I might as well make all of my music available through this great new opportunity with Time Life. I have worked with them in the past on the American Troubadour project with success, so why not join them again for this next chapter.”

In addition to catalog albums such as Prime Time, Chain Lighting, Believers, Don McLean Sings Marty Robbins, The Western Album, and others, McLean will be releasing a newly recorded project of his favorite cover songs. Release dates to be announced soon.

“We’re incredibly honored to be working with Don McLean again and that he chose Time Life to bring these recordings to his fans,” states Mike Jason, Time Life’s Senior Vice President, Live Entertainment. “We released his acclaimed documentary and soundtrack, ‘American Troubadour,’ back in 2012 and look forward to continuing our relationship long into the future. Don McLean is an icon of American music; his body of work and his talent are peerless and we’re excited to deliver more of it to the world.”

Don McLean is a Grammy award honoree, a Songwriter Hall of Fame member, a BBC Lifetime Achievement award recipient, and his smash hit “American Pie” resides in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry and was named by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) a Top 5 song of the 20th Century. His catalog of songs have been recorded by Madonna, Garth Brooks, Josh Groban, Drake, Weird “Al” Yankovic, and countless others.

Buddy Iahn
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