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All You Need Is <3: Paul McCartney teams up with Skype 

Paul McCartney and Skype have partnered to launch a new range of animated love themed Mojis for Valentine's Day featuring exclusive new McCartney music coupled with Skype's animated designs. Paul recorded his compositions over a week at his Hog Hill Mill studio in Sussex using a variety of instruments and his Moog synthesizer.


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Top stars sing Beatles hits for new Netflix kids series 

Netflix has today announced a new Kids' Original series, inspired by the music of The Beatles. Created by Josh Wakely, Beat Bugs sees a number of international artists taking on some of the Fab Four's biggest hits, including Sia, Pink, James Bay, Of Monsters And Men, The Shins, Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell, Regina Spektor and Birdy.

Source: NME, UK
Liverpool Hard Days Night Hotel wins top accolade 

Following its acquisition by Millennium Hotels & Resorts in August of last year, Hard Days Night Hotel, the Beatles-inspired hotel located in the heart of Liverpool, was selected by the Luxury Travel Guide Awards due to its outstanding reputation, premium amenities and high standards of customer service.

Source: Travel Daily Media, UK
Beatles sing-along this Saturday in Port Townsend 

A Beatles sing-along invades Pippa's Real Tea in Port Townsend, Washington, this Saturday, February 13. Leading the singing are the local group Free Radicals and friends. "Each of us picked up guitars when we first heard the Beatles," "Otis" Otey of the group says. Song sheets will be supplied at the free event.

Source: Port Townsend Leader, WA
Video: The top 5 Beatles songs for fans of The Rolling Stones 

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? It's a question that's been debated for decades now, ending friendships, dividing families, testing allegiances along the way. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to like both bands. Consequence of Sound staffers have compiled a list Beatles songs for fans of The Rolling Stones.

Source: Consequence of Sound
Peeking in a Beatles fan's diary the night of their Ed Sullivan Show debut 

Yesterday, February 9, was the anniversary of the Beatles' magical debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Judith Reed West, author of "A Date With a Beatle," her book about meeting up with George Harrison back in the day, has a vivid memory of that historic night thanks to what she wrote in her diary in 1964.

Source: Beatles Examiner
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Rare Beatles photographs on display at Michigan art gallery

The Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, MI, is displaying a rare collection of color photos taken of the Beatles during their fourth and final appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The six photos capture the Beatles as they rehearse and perform on the Ed Sullivan Show on Aug. 14, 1965, right before they played at Shea Stadium.

Source: Hometown Life
Looking Back: The Beatles appear on Ed Sullivan in 1964, 51 years ago

In the basement a studio worker listened to the shattering roar above and said simply, "Good God." On duty inside the theatre were 25 security men warily watching for beatlemania sending the fans whooping on stage. When the group vanished backstage, the crazed chanting, "We want the Beatles," broke out.

Source: NY Daily News

Allen Klein
How Allen Klein changed the game for music revenue

Hired by the Rolling Stones in the mid-Sixties, Allen Klein secured sums for them which the more successful Beatles, managed by the painfully naive Brian Epstein, could only dream about. Klein represented only three of the four Beatles, it was Paul McCartney's refusal to have anything to do with him that made the band's split so bitter.

Source: New Statesman
The sweet meaning behind Hey Jude

"Hey Jude," one of the Beatles' most famous songs, is an uplifting ballad that's inspired the masses for decades. Paul McCartney originally wrote a rough version of the song, called "Hey Jules," to cheer up Lennon's then five-year old son, Julian, during his parents' divorce, and it eventually became "Hey Jude."

Source: .Mic
Monday, February 8, 2016
Paul Mccartney hails hospital fundraiser

Paul McCartney has thanked Brits for donating millions to a fundraiser for the U.K.'s most famous children's hospital. Donations flooded in during an annual campaign, due to end on Sunday, to boost the coffers of Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, with the tally standing at more than $4.4 million (3 million) today.

Source: Contact Music

Love Me Brew: Paul McCartney brews beer from his estate

Paul McCartney is brewing his own beer using hops from his estate. McCartney named the ale Old Stinkhorn after a mushroom which also grows on his farm. The concoction is bottled on his land in East Sussex and given as gifts to colleagues and friends. A source close to Paul said, "Paul has been making the beer for a while now. It's delicious."

Source: The Sun, UK
Big changes coming to Beatles LOVE show in Las Vegas

According to a spokesman, The Beatles LOVE show at the Mirage in Las Vegas, currently dark, will return Feb. 25, and there will be some big changes. "The show is on a break as a number of exciting, new elements are integrated into the show. We are incorporating new acrobatic acts, choreography, projections and costumes."

Source: Beatles Examiner
The Beatles boost Liverpool's economy by 82m

A new report published today reveals the Beatles are worth almost 82m to Liverpool each year. People in the Liverpool Beatles industry have strong emotional connections with it, but many say they are concerned about unregulated tours and maintaining professionalism, quality, and the "authenticity" of visitors' experience.

Source: Liverpool Echo
The Beatles were paid only 5 for their first gig at Cavern Club

For their first concert at The Cavern Club, over a lunchtime on February 9, 1961, the Beatles were only paid 5, a concert that wasn't advertised, and George Harrison was nearly denied admission to play because he was wearing jeans. Their debut was a success and they were immediately given four lunchtime slots per week.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Friday, February 5, 2016
The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios to come to Liverpool

A live re-staging of The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios is to come to Liverpool's ECHO arena. The show is part of an 11 date tour, following a sold out premiere at the Royal Albert Hall. The Sessions, a live re-staging of the Beatles at Abbey Road, is part blockbuster stage show, part access-all-areas musical documentary.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Could Paul McCartney join Hollywood Vampires for their TV debut?

The Hollywood Vampires, including Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry "and friends," will make their TV debut at the upcoming 58th Annual Grammy Awards, it was announced yesterday. Paul McCartney's camp issued a "no comment" on whether the Beatle, who performed on the group's album, will join them for the show.

Source: The Examiner

Harry Styles
Harry Styles goes 'Paul McCartney-esque' for solo sound

With One Direction on hiatus, Harry Styles is throwing himself into his solo career. And, according to "Marvin Gaye" singer Charlie Puth, Styles is already on his way with some tracks that seem to be inspired by fellow Brit, Beatles singer Paul McCartney. He said, "The last time I saw Harry we talked about McCartneyesque chord changes."

Source: uinterview
Author talks about the early Beatles years at book signing

Bank of Books in Malibu hosted acclaimed journalist and author Ivor Davis last Saturday, as he discussed his book, "The Beatles and Me: On Tour." When he was 26, Davis was sent to write and accompany The Beatles on its 1964 tour, and went to every concert on that tour, experiences he accounts in detail in his book.

Source: Malibu Surfside News
The Beatles' first visit to New York City in 1964: A Day by Day Diary

At 1:20 pm on Friday, February 7, 1964, The Beatles landed in America for the very first time, and music history would never be the same. It would be a busy weekend for The Beatles leading up to their historic debut on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday night as they took New York City by storm.

Source: The Examiner
Full-time Beatles scholar to launch North American tour

Beatles scholar and author Aaron Krerowicz is embarking on a national tour beginning this month, giving presentations on many subjects related to the band. Despite being born 15 years after the band broke up, Krerowicz is one of the United States of America's only full-time professional Beatles scholars.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Yoko Ono brings anti-violence art exhibit to Mexico

Yoko Ono has brought an anti-violence message to Mexico City with the opening of a participative-performance exhibit dubbed "Tierra de Esperanza," or "Land of Hope." The 82-year-old Ono told a crowd Tuesday Feb. 2 at the city's Museum of Memory and Tolerance that "I have come here to bring world peace."

Source: The Yucatan Times, Mexico

Peter Asher
A Peter & Gordon reunion - almost

When Gordon Waller, half of the 1960s folk-rock duo Peter & Gordon, died in 2009, his former partner issued a modest statement to the press, "I am just a harmony guy, and Gordon was the heart and soul of our duo." This weekend, Peter Asher's British Invasion tribute show in Laguna Beach will include duets with his old partner through video segments.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Video: Kentucky Beatles fan's impressive collection of memorabilia

Louisville, Kentucky Beatles collector Paul Ratterman's collection is on display at the Jeffersontown Historical Museum, now until June 17th. On February 13th a dinner and evening tour of the Beatles exhibit will include a performance by local tribute band "The Rigbys" at Loui Loui's in Louisville.

Source: WHAS TV, Louisville, Kentucky
Beatles signed photo, sealed Butcher cover up for auction

A photo of The Beatles performing in 1963 in Liverpool taken by Dezo Hoffman and signed by all four members of the group that one memorabilia expert called the best Beatles signed photo ever and is already bidding at $20,000 is among the huge selection of Beatles memorabilia to be auctioned this month in Dallas, Texas.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Beatles author to speak at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi symposium

Dr. Candy Leonard, author of Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade The World, the first sociological analysis of the impact of the Beatles and their music, will be discussing her book at the new Cleveland, MS GRAMMY Museum Mississippi's first Beatles Symposium, "From Cavern to Candlestick,"April 1-2.

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
John Lennon's locks from How I Won the War expected to go for $10,000

On September 6, 1966, John Lennon got a very short haircut in preparation for his upcoming dramatic role as Private Gripweed in the film "How I Won the War." A clump of John's hair from this famous haircut will be auctioned off at the Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction in Dallas on February 20.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Why Ringo rules

John Lennon reportedly said, "He's not even the best drummer in The Beatles," but the Beatles would not have been the group we know today without Ringo Starr. When Ringo joined the Beatles, the chemical reaction of the combination of those precise personalities created a form of divine magic that can never be duplicated.

Source: The Maine Edge
Photo of George Harrison on his 21st birthday to go under the hammer

A photograph of the late George Harrison celebrating his 21st birthday in Los Angeles is expected to attract worldwide attention. The 1964 color image of George, dressed in a blue shirt and grey trousers, opening a huge "key to the door" to celebrate the milestone, has a guide price starting at just 30 (about $44).

Source: Liverpool Echo
Secondary school pupils to star in Beatles themed musical

Pupils from a secondary school in South Derbyshire, England, are set to star in a Beatles-themed musical this month. Year 7 pupils from the William Allitt School, in Newhall, will be showcasing their talents in a show called Come Together. The show will go towards the pupils achieving their bronze performing arts badges.

Source: Burton Mail, UK
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
McCartney reps say no comment to report he is working on new album

Paul McCartney representatives issued a firm "no comment" today in response to a British newspaper report that the Beatle is working on a new album with celebrated record producer Greg Kurstin. Using contemporary producers is not something new for McCartney. He used four producers for his last album, "New."

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Paul McCartney to record new album with Adele's producer Greg Kurstin

The Sun in the UK says it can now reveal that Paul McCartney is working on new material with producer Greg Kurstin, the mastermind behind Adele's now-iconic single Hello. McCartney has songs ready for a new album and, having been so impressed by Adele's comeback, called on Greg to help him hone them.

Related Articles  Source: The Sun, UK
Work begins to transform Paul McCartney's birthplace into housing

Work to transform the former Walton Hospital site, birthplace of Paul McCartney, into a housing development is now underway. The 25m (more than $36m) project to regenerate the site will create 125 affordable homes and a further 70 properties for private sale. Also, a new supermarket will be built on part of the site.

Source: Liverpool Echo

Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono to receive NME Inspiration Award

Yoko Ono will collect the Inspiration Award at the upcoming NME Awards, which take place on February 17 in London, the day before she turns 83. The publication chose Yoko to receive the award for her ''revolutionary ideas and concepts'' and influence on modern culture, and says, ''Yoko Ono's influence on modern culture is undeniable."

Source: TV3, Dublin
Hard Rock Universal Orlando unveils new collection of music memorabilia

Memorabilia experts and rock historians have assembled an entirely new collection of some of the greatest music memorabilia this side of the 20th century at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando. Pieces include the suit John Lennon wore in the Beatles' classic 1964 film debut, A Hard Day's Night.

Source: PR Web
Monday, February 1, 2016
New Beatles exhibit to hit Dearborn in April

A major Beatles exhibit, "The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition," will run April 30-Sept. 18 at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The exhibit features artifacts and galleries tracing the Beatles' trajectory from the band's Liverpool origins up through the post-breakup days.

Source: Detroit Free Press
Paul McCartney to be featured on Super Bowl halftime shows TV special

CBS TV will take a look back at the best Super Bowl halftime shows on a special airing Friday, February 5, two days before the big game. The two-hour program will feature highlights and new interviews with some of the most memorable halftime performers, including Paul McCartney, who played at the Super Bowl in 2005.

Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies

John Lennon Bus hits San Diego

A touring music recording studio named in memory of John Lennon will make a stop Monday at the Crown Point Junior Music Academy in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego.The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will stay for two days, during which the school kids will be able to write, record and produce an original song and music video.

Source: Times of San Diego

Elton John
Elton John admits he was intimidated by John Lennon

Elton John says he used to enjoy hanging out with John Lennon, whose last public performance came with Elton in New York's Madison Square Gardens in 1974, but admits he was wary of his "abrasive" humor. He said, "We hung out for a couple of years. He clicked with my band and the people around me. And we had so much fun."

Source: Irish Examiner, UK
Beatles fans anxious for new Philip Norman book on Paul McCartney

The eyes of Beatles fans will again be on author Philip Norman when he turns his sights on Paul McCartney in his next book, "Paul McCartney: The Life," which is coming out this May. It will be published in the U.S. on May 3, and then two days later in the UK, both in hardcover, digital and audio versions.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Bill Gates says Beatles song perfectly explains relationship with Steve Jobs

Yes, Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs were fierce rivals as they revolutionized personal computing, but the competition mellowed into a good friendship. So when Gates, when asked on the BBC to choose eight songs and why they are meaningful to him, he had one picked out for the Jobs, Two of Us by The Beatles.

Source: Cult of Mac
Friday, January 29, 2016
Phoenix Symphony joins in Classical Mystery Tour Beatles tribute

Tribute band Classical Mystery Tour will join with the Phoenix Symphony tonight at Phoenix Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Arizona. Classical Mystery Tour performs the Beatles exactly as they were originally recorded, so these will original orchestrations performed with a full Phoenix Symphony just as the original recordings were.

Source: KTAR FM, Phoenix

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