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Led Zeppelin to release songs online next month


Rockers Led Zeppelin are releasing their back catalog online for the first time, the band has announced.

Led Zeppelin said their tunes, including “Communication Breakdown,” “Whole Lotta Love” and “Stairway to Heaven” would be available from online music stores Nov. 13. The band is due to release a two-CD retrospective, “Mothership,” the same day.

“We are pleased that the complete Led Zeppelin catalog will now be available digitally,” guitarist Jimmy Page said in a statement. “The addition of the digital option will better enable fans to obtain our music in whichever manner that they prefer.”

The band has signed a separate deal with Verizon Wireless to offer their songs as ringtones and downloads to mobile phones, Verizon said in a statement.

Led Zeppelin was one of the last major acts to resist digital distribution. The Beatles are the highest-profile holdouts.

The band members, who split up in 1980 after the death of drummer John Bonham, announced last month they were reuniting for a Nov. 26 concert in London. The lineup comprises Page, singer Robert Plant and bass player John Paul Jones, along with Bonham’s son Jason.

More than 1 million fans entered a draw for a chance to buy one of the 10,000 tickets to the show. The concert is a tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, who died last year.

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