×

Neil Young Officially Launches Archival Subscription Site After Yearlong Beta Test

Neil Young now wants you to keep on rockin’ in the paywall world after a year of offering a free beta version of his Neil Young Archives website while he ramped up the service. But for fans, it’ll be a small price to pay for unlimited access to the voluminous and still-growing library the celebrated musician is putting online: $1.99 per month or $19.99 annually. There’ll still be a free tier, too, he promises, for anyone whose appetite for more than 50 years’ worth of unreleased live albums and studio outtakes is more easily sated.

“I wanted a place where my fans and I could hear my music from the very beginning, from the high school bands I was in, to my latest recordings – audio and visual,” Young said in a statement announcing the official launch. “If you want to hear my music and would like to have the option to listen to it with all the depth and glory of high resolution, it will be there. All my new records can be heard there first, before they get released anywhere else. New, unreleased albums from the archives and old, unreleased albums from the archives will always be heard there first. Our machine is a monster.”

Even before this official launch, Young’s NYA site was the biggest archival site dedicated to and operated by any major recording artist. An iOS app is newly available, with an Android version coming soon. (The latter “encountered cobwebs in the tunnel,” according to a typically whimsical message on the site. “They have been partially cleared by volunteer Elves.”)

Young has been archivally focused outside of the site, too, releasing a series of historical albums, including the No. 1 and 2 entries on the NYA chart — “Songs for Judy,” a solo acoustic recording drawn from a 1976 tour, released Nov. 30, and “Roxy: Tonight’s the Night Live,” an April release documenting a 1973 gig. A news alert on the site this month announced that “Crazy Horse’s ‘Ragged Glory’ album (from 1990) will be twice the size in its next release,” with outtakes that “are equal to anything on the existing record, maybe better.”

The Pono may be kaput, but Young’s fetish for high-end online audio isn’t: a press release says the site is “capable of streaming at the original quality of master recordings, higher than other streaming services at 192 kHz/24 bit.” Select concerts will also be live-streamed on the site.

The free tier will allow access to a featured album and song of the day, paid downloads, playlists and the text portions of the site, including the NYA Times Contrarian, a “daily newspaper” that includes some of Young’s musings on politics (the notoriously anti-Trump musician recently reprinted a respectful letter from a Trump supporter), the environment and… you guessed it, high-end online audio.

“Each song is being backed up with the archival material that relates to it and to the creation of it, from song writing to band jams,” Young wrote. “The history of this music is there. It’s never finished — it is huge and growing. We work night and day expanding the window you can see this archival stuff through.”

More Music

  • Black Crowes Sign With CAA

    Black Crowes Sign With CAA

    A day after the Black Crowes confirmed their reunion, announced their 2020 “Shake Your Moneymaker” 30th anniversary tour and capped it with their first concert in six years, the group announced that it has signed with CAA for worldwide representation. The group’s cofounders — singer Chris Robinson and guitarist Rich Robinson — are the only [...]

  • T.R. Knight

    TV News Roundup: T.R. Knight Joins HBO Max's 'The Flight Attendant'

    In today’s TV news roundup, “Grey’s Anatomy” star T.R. Knight joins HBO Max’s “The Flight Attendant” and BET renewed “Games People Play.” CASTING T.R Knight has been cast in HBO Max‘s dark comedy “The Flight Attendant.“ Knight will play Cassie’s (Kaley Cuoco) older brother, Davey. When Cassie’s life starts to unravel, Davey deals with the [...]

  • Andrea Bocelli

    Andrea Bocelli Calls Plácido Domingo Cancellations Due to Sexual Harassment Claims ‘Absurd’

    Italian singer Andrea Bocelli is defending embattled opera star Plácido Domingo, saying it is “absurd” that concerts have been canceled in the wake of multiple sexual-harassment allegations. “I am still appalled at what happened to this incredible artist,” Bocelli said, according to the Associated Press. “I don’t understand this. Tomorrow a lady can just come up [...]

  • Rudy Lopez Negrete Returns to CAA     

    Rudy Lopez Negrete Returns to CAA

    Rudy Lopez Negrete has rejoined CAA as an agent in the Music Touring department, specifically focused on leading brand partnerships for CAA’s Latin music clients. He will be based in the company’s Los Angeles office, where he will work with Latin artists including Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Becky G, Isabela Merced, Luis Fonsi, Mon [...]

  • Justin Bieber Cupid Movie

    Justin Bieber Debuts First Look at 'Cupid' Movie

    Beware of cupid’s arrow. Justin Bieber unveiled a first-look photo for “Cupid,” his upcoming animated movie from Mythos Studios. The image sees a cartooned Bieber, who will voice the god of love, on the side of a cliff with the sun setting in the background. “Cupid” will tell the story of the eponymous mythical being [...]

  • Sonos Spotify partnership

    Sonos Speakers Get Free Spotify Streaming

    Sonos owners just got access to another source for free music: The smart speaker maker has struck a deal with Spotify to stream Spotify’s free tier to its users, both companies announced Tuesday. Free Spotify streams are going live on Sonos devices with the latest Sonos software update, which also includes an updated version of [...]

  • Labrinth Inks With Columbia Records

    Labrinth Inks With Columbia Records

    British singer-songwriter-rapper-producer Labrinth has moved over to Columbia Records in the U.S., the company confirmed today. Labrinth (real name: Timothy Lee McKenzie) is known as a solo artist, as a member of the supergroup LSD with Sia and Diplo — which released an album, including the hit single “Thunderclouds,” earlier this year — and as [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content