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Pink Floyd fans will not have much to be happy about when it comes to the availability of the group’s music online.
That is because some of Pink Floyd’s classic albums, such as “Wish You Were Here” and “The Wall,” will not be offered for sale as download through retailers such as iTunes and Amazon, according to Reuters.
Record label EMI’s contract that includes those Pink Floyd albums recorded after 1973’s "Dark Side of the Moon" expired on Jun. 30.
While those albums are still available in CD format, EMI may not be producing more copies until a new agreement is reached, according to sources. The band's pre-"Dark Side of the Moon" albums, including "Meddle" and "A Saucerful of Secrets," however, are available as downloads.
Neither EMI nor representatives for Pink Floyd have commented on the matter.
According to the article, Pink Floyd has sold 36.2 million copies in the U.S. with "The Wall" being one of the band’s best-sellers at 1.5 million copies sold—107,000 of them digital downloads.
In other Pink Floyd news, bassist Roger Waters recently gave his approval to the Canadian group Blurred Vision to rewrite “Another Brick in the Wall,” The Associated Press reported. The musical act, whose members include Iranian brothers Sepp and Sohl, changed a line in the song that now goes “Hey, Ayatollah, leave those kids alone!"
Waters issued a statement saying that he viewed Blurred Vision playing a role in “the resistance to a regime that is both repressive and brutal.”
"I applauded and supported the resistance of school children in South Africa to that repressive and brutal regime,” he added, “and also applaud and support the resistance of Palestinian children in Gaza and the West Bank to the repressive and brutal occupation they endure."