Abbey Road Studio Plans Major Expansion

From Wall Street Journal:

The owner of iconic Abbey Road Studios is planning a major expansion and upgrade of the facility, the Journal’s Bruce Orwall reports.

As any self-respectingBeatles fan knows, Abbey Road is home to the famedStudio Two, where the foursome recorded an extensive amount of their catalog. The crosswalk out front is one the most iconic images in pop music history.

However, rather than capitalize on the studio’s distinguished history, Universal Music Group is putting its money on Abbey Road’s future. If it secures approvals, Universal will add two new state-of-the-art studios aimed at new rock, pop and urban artists, as well as a “retro” studio, complete with vintage gear for old-school projects.

“It’s a place where we still need to record classic albums,” David Joseph, chairman and chief executive of Universal Music U.K., told Orwall in an interview. He wants it to be a place where “a new 17-year-old’s guitar band” can record great music.