Will Apple And The Beatles Finally Come Together Tomorrow?
This morning, we got a press release from EMI teasing an “exciting new digital offering” from the beleaguered record label, one that would be announced at a press conference at its London headquarters tomorrow. The guests at the press conference: EMI CEO Eric Nicoli, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and an unnamed guest who will provide a “special live performance.” Nicoli’s been giving Apple props lately, so Jobs’ attendance at this event got our interest piqued–and the fact that the EMI press rep who sent out the release attempted to recall it shortly thereafter, a trick that pretty much never works, only fueled our speculative flames. Could this be the long-awaited announcement that the Beatles catalog will be going online? Or did EMI’s PR department get a little too slap-happy with the prospect of pulling a big April Fool’s joke on everyone?
The full release after the jump.
UPDATE: Reuters is reporting that “a source familiar with the situation” is saying that tomorrow’s press conference will not include a Beatles-related announcement. We’ll be watching live at 8 a.m. ET, and you can tune in as well.
UPDATE 2: Holy crap!
Subject: 2 April Event (testing)
PLEASE JOIN EMI GROUP CEO ERIC NICOLI AT EMI’S HEADQUARTERS ON MONDAY 2 APRIL AT 1PM LONDON / 8AM NEW YORK TIME TO HEAR ABOUT AN EXCITING NEW DIGITAL OFFERING.
WITH SPECIAL GUEST, APPLE CEO STEVE JOBS AND A SPECIAL LIVE PERFORMANCE
FROM 12.15PM – ARRIVE AT EMI – REFRESHMENTS SERVED 1 -1.40PM – MEDIA BRIEFING FROM 1.15PM – PHOTOGRAPHERS ARRIVE 1.45PM – PHOTOCALL
EMI 27 WRIGHTS LANE LONDON W8 5SW
If you wish to attend in person, please register by emailing your name and contact details to [redacted]
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