LONDON, 27 JUNE 2005 -- EMI and Live 8 have concluded a unique agreement whereby EMI will provide the Live 8 organisation with a major financial contribution in return for the worldwide DVD rights to its 2 July concerts in the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany and Italy.
In November, EMI expects to release locally tailored DVDs around the world featuring live footage from the concerts. Artists who will perform at the concerts include Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Coldplay, Sheryl Crow, Deep Purple, Dido, Green Day, Jay-Z, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Linkin Park, Madonna, Maroon 5, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, REM, Scissor Sisters, Sting, Joss Stone, U2, Keith Urban, Velvet Revolver, Robbie Williams, Brian Wilson and Stevie Wonder.
Bob Geldof said: "I hope this will be the biggest selling DVD of all time. It deserves to be. More importantly perhaps, it should be, for it will help us achieve our goal of changing the lives of the extreme poor for the better and making our generation the one that helped end the disgrace of poverty.
We are very grateful to EMI for their financial contribution which helped to make the 2nd July concerts happen everywhere on the planet and thus nudge the world a little closer towards our shared aim."
The concerts are being held ahead of the G8 summit in Scotland on 6 July where eight world leaders will be presented with a workable plan to double aid, drop debt and make trade laws fair to stop 30,000 children dying needlessly of extreme poverty every single day.
Alain Levy, chairman and CEO of EMI Music said: EMI is honoured to be supporting this inspired and visionary project and working with a truly amazing line-up of stars who are demonstrating yet again the power that music has as a force for change.
Tom Kirk is currently in the process of arranging the DVD interaction. Look out for this DVD soon :-)