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Monday, January 12, 2015
PonoMusic rumored to have acquired rights to Beatles catalogue

Rumors suggest CEO Neil Young and the team at PonoMusic have gotten ahold of the rights to The Beatles catalogue and are working to remaster it in full 192 kHz. The new version of Sgt. Pepper's is "going to blow your mind," reportedly. According to reports, Paul McCartney is excited about having the Beatles in high-def.

Source: Music Times
Video: Imagine inspires thousands to break into song at Paris rally

An uplifting video of attendees at the Paris unity march singing, cheering and clapping to John Lennon's Imagine, a song that rings particularly powerful after the days of violence and unrest in France, was posted today to the internet. Millions gathered in central Paris on Sunday for the march held in solidarity for the victims of the attacks.

Source: Mashable
Sony denies sale of music publishing business

E-mails and documents released in the cyber-attack on Sony last month mentioned a "top secret" plan to sell thier music publishing business, but Sony has no plans to sell the music publishing business that controls rights to songs from the Beatles and Taylor Swift, according to Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.

Related Articles  Source: Business Day
Kanye West Paul McCartney track enters Australia's Top 10

Kanye West's collaboration with Paul McCartney has cracked the top 10 in Australia, the highest new entry of the week by arriving at No. 8 on the new ARIA Singles Chart, published Sunday. It is McCartney's twelfth solo top 10 entry, and his first since No More Lonely Nights made it to No. 9 in November, 1984.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Lennon signed book, Beatles concert ticket included in big auction

A ticket from the Beatles 1966 concert at Shea Stadium and a copy of Yoko Ono's book "Grapefruit" signed by John Lennon in 1972 are among the rare Beatles items in an online auction which closes on Friday. Also for auction are a Gold Record Award for Let it Be and a copy of a second-state Yesterday and Today album in mono.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Five years ago today, Ringo's Y Not features dark duet with Paul McCartney

Ringo Starr's Y Not, released on January 12, 2010, found its centerpoint with "Walk With You," a duet with former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney. The track features a darkly mature chorus unlike any he's put out, Paul's vocal works in counterpoint, taking the high road, while Ringo intertwines beside and underneath.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Two gurus birthdays celebrated today

January 12 is celebrated throughout India as the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, a national hero revered for updating the wisdom of India's ancient sages and bringing those teachings to the West, in 1893. By coincidence, or perhaps astrological design, today is also the birthday of Beatles guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Source: Huffington Post
Friday, January 9, 2015
Paul McCartney to release Hope For The Future on vinyl

Paul McCartney's song "Hope For The Future" which was released digitally in December will be released physically on 180-gram 12" vinyl next week. The song was written by Paul for the record-breaking video game "Destiny" and produced by Giles Martin. The vinyl release will include Paul's original anthem plus four special mixes.

Paul McCartney asked to appear on Save Soho campaign song

Paul McCartney has been approached to join Adam Ant and Boy George and Gary Kemp on a record dedicated to saving London's Soho. Masterminded by songwriter Tim "The Soho Hobo" Arnold, the track is aimed to arrest the increasing gentrification of Soho, thanks to the huge impact of Crossrail and rising rent prices.

Source: Gigwise
Sean Lennon takes British band under his wing

Sean Lennon is playing mentor to fledgling British punk band Fat White Family by putting them up at his New York home, giving them free use of his recording studio, and allowing them to play instruments belonging to his famous father. Lennon met them at the SXSW festival in Texas last year and he invited them to join him in New York.

Source: Contact Music
Stolen record collection includes signed Beatles albums

Thieves have stolen the rock 'n roll memories of a Southern California doctor, snatching record albums signed by the Beatles, the Who, Taylor Swift and many others. Police sayburglars took 52 albums and other memorabilia from the podiatrist's office around Thanksgiving. The collection is worth a quarter of a million dollars.

Source: Paradise Post, CA
Beatles cartoon voice Lance Percival dies, aged 81

Lance Percival has died at the age of 81. Percival became known in the 1960s for his performances on That Was the Week That Was. He voiced Paul and Ringo in The Beatles' animated TV show from 1965 to 1969 and went on to play Old Fred in 1968's Yellow Submarine. He died peacefully on Tuesday after a long illness.

Source: Digital Spy
Win Beatles art prints from Beatles Artist Shannon

Starting today, fans can win your choice of one of two 1964 Beatles art prints from renowned Beatles artist Shannon, referred to as "The world's greatest Beatles artist" by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, on Ken Michaels' Beatles website. Shannon's artwork is the latest of the Special Contests featured on the website.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Jeff Lynne never believed Bob Dylan would join the Traveling Wilburys

Electric Light Orchestra mastermind Jeff Lynne was in the midst of producing George Harrison's 1987 comeback recording Cloud Nine when George made a left-field suggestion. "George said to me, You know what? You and me should have a group. Everybody wanted to be in it, nobody had a second thought, they just said yes."

Source: Something Else Reviews
Fifty Shades of Grey actor fears John Lennon-style death

Jamie Dornan is scared to death of Fifty Shades of Grey fans. In a new interview, the movie star expressed concerns about the film's intense fandom, to the point he worries that someone will actually kill him. He said, "I fear I'll get murdered, like John Lennon, by one of those mad fans at the premiere."

Source: NY Daily News
Video: Elvis Presley remembered by The Beatles

It's been 38 years since Elvis Presley permanently left the building. But the legacy of the man once hailed as the King lives on. "Elvis is my man," Paul McCartney said. "He was a big influence on the Beatles and he just was great." The other Beatles largely agreed, as you can see in a video from "The Beatles Anthology."

Source: UT San Diego
Legendary Cavern Club owner Ray McFall has died

Tributes are being paid to The Cavern Club's legendary owner Ray McFall who has died aged 88. Mr McFall, a legend of the British music scene, first booked The Beatles at the iconic venue and transformed it from a jazz club to the mecca of British rock and roll. He passed away last night in his sleep at the age of 88.

More Information  Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Paul McCartney and Kanye West's new single climbs charts

Paul McCartney and Kanye West's surprise new single Only One has climbed 21 places to Number 14 in today's sales flash after appearing on the chart for the first time on Sunday. It has prompted tweets from Kanye fans, perhaps in jest, asking who the former Beatle was. One tweeted, "This Paul McCartney guy gonna be huge."

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Real Estate covers the Beatles

Avid devotees of classic pop, Real Estate recently performed an intimate acoustic session during an interview. The American group performed a sweet version of The Beatles' latino-tinged track "And I Love Her." Digging out a rarity from the archives, they also performed the little-heard number "Snow Days."

Source: Clash Music
Yoko Ono tribute album to be released this month

There is arguably no artist as misunderstood as Yoko Ono. Cut Pieces: A Tribute to Yoko Ono deconstructs and reimagines an essential collection of skillfully constructed pop/rock songs. Presented in their own context and in their own terms, the tribute soars free from the superficial sensationalism that still seems to follow her.

Source: New Jersey Stage
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Video: Heart covers Paul McCartney on Jimmy Kimmel

Heart got the Jimmy Kimmel Live audience's blood pumping Monday when the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers covered Paul McCartney & Wings' Band on the Run. The performance was to help promote The Art of McCartney, a tribute album to the legendary musician. Heart also powered through one of their own songs, Crazy On You.

Source: Spin
Folks who've made Paul McCartney famous

"Who is Paul McCartney?" trended on Twitter this week thanks to Kanye West's collaboration with the former Beatle, apparently pleased that the rapper was helping shine a spotlight on a new talent. Many said the tweeters were just joshing, but West isn't the first to try to make this McCartney guy famous.

Related Articles  Source: CNN
Audio: Beatles first to intentionally use feedback

50 years ago, during the recording session for I Feel Fine, John Lennon leaned his electrified acoustic guitar against an amplifier, which caused audio feedback. They liked the sound and asked George Martin to use it in the song. Lennon proudly proclaimed it the first intentional use of feedback in a studio recording.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio
How the Paul McCartney is Dead hoax started in 1969

Next time you see the still-youthful Paul McCartney, take a good hard look and ask yourself, "is it really him?" Can you be sure? Because maybe, just maybe, the conspiracy theorists are right, maybe Paul did die in a car accident in 1966 and was replaced by a double who looks, sounds, acts, and writes almost exactly like him.

Source: UK Progressive
Monday, January 5, 2015
Madonna uses John Lennon to promote her latest album

Pop princess Madonna sent fans on social media into a frenzy after posting pictures of celebrities such as John Lennon to promote her new album. The 56-year-old took to Instagram and Twitter to share snaps of celebrities who she considers to be "great heroes," with Liverpool legend John Lennon included.

Also See...  Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Abbey Road studio's old machines used to copy classic vinyl

Recording equipment that would have been used by The Beatles at London's world famous Abbey Road Studios is being used once again to create records on vinyl, so that people can hear what the albums would have sounded like when they were first released. The reissued records sell for 300.

Source: BBC News
Soccer fans hope Paul McCartney will come and sing at their stadium

Nottingham Forest fans have an extra reason to cheer their team on after Paul McCartney said he might sing at the City Ground. Paul was told about The Reds playing his track, Mull of Kintyre, before every match, he then said he might sing it live at the stadium, if Forest can ever reach the English football Premier League.

Source: Nottingham Post, UK
George Martin built his legend with the Beatles, then branched out

Sir George Martin, who gave us so many great sounds, can scarcely hear them anymore. Ever curious, ever involved, the legendary producer used to sit in the room with bands like the Beatles when they played, eyes closed, drinking in the sound, but forever damaging his hearing. "It was," he said to Ringo Starr, "a kind of drug."

Source: Something Else Reviews
Friday, January 2, 2015
Man battles entire internet after tweeting 'Who TF is Paul McCartney'

The recent collaboration between Kanye West and Paul McCartney has several people wondering, just who Paul McCartney is. Twitter user @CurvedDaily is being slammed after tweeting, "who tf is paul mccartney???!??! this is why i love kanye for shining light on unknown artists," although he and his friends insist it was a joke.

Related Articles  Source: Hiphop Wired
Kanye West and Paul McCartney team up for emotional song

Kanye West rang in 2015 with a new song featuring an unlikely collaborator. "Only One," a heartfelt tribute to Kanye's late mother Donda West, features Paul McCartney on keyboard and background vocals. Kanye's people hint the song might be the first sign of a larger project between him and McCartney.

Related Articles  Source: ET Online
Paul McCartney says he isn't ready to write his memoirs

Interviewed recently at his midtown Manhattan office suite, Paul McCartney seems as boyish as he was onstage decades ago for "The Ed Sullivan Show." He's so young in his thoughts that he will dismiss the idea of a memoir as a project for his 70s, catch himself and dismiss a book again as if time were still a distant bother.

Source: Newsdat
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Peter Asher receives CBE in Queen's New Years Honors List

Queen Elizabeth has made her annual New Years Honor announcement of people who will be presented with Knighthoods and lesser honors of the British Empire. Among those named is producer and performer Peter Asher, half of UK 60s pop group Peter & Gordon, who will become a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Source: Noise 11
Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Shootout comes up Upland

Two of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time face off as The Grove Theatre in Upland, Ca., presents "Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Shootout" on Saturday, January 24. Taking the side of the Fab Four is Abbey Road, one of the West Coast's top Beatles tribute bands, they face off against Stones tribute band Jumping Jack Flash.

Source: Broadway World Music
Auction to include John Lennon's last interview tapes

An auction being held by The Memorabilia Vault in New York on February 7th, 2015, will include Beatles memorabilia including a set of original cassette tapes which contain the last interview John Lennon gave to the radio station 610 KFRC. Also up for auction will be over 75 items from the life and career of Michael Jackson.

Source: Digital Journal
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Glyn Johns calls Phil Spector's work with the Beatles a bunch of garbage

Glyn Johns was brought in to make some sense of the hours upon hours of tapes that eventually became the Beatles' Let It Be. He'd envisioned the project as something that showed the Beatles as they were, with studio flubs, off-the-cuff chatter and goofy cover tunes in tact. That's not how it turned out, of course.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Video: Deer Tick covers Meet the Beatles in its entirety in Brooklyn

Deer Tick decided to celebrate their 10th anniversary in style in New York at the Brooklyn Bowl by paying homage to The Beatles. They played the group's second record, Meet the Beatles, in it's entirety, with the help of Tommy Stinson of The Replacements, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes and James Felice of The Felice Brothers.

Source: Music Times
Mary McCartney's candid camera

The oldest child of musician Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney, Mary McCartney grew up amid wealth, privilege and celebrity. Now a expert photographer primarily based in London, she has an all-access pass to a vast assortment of glossy events and glittering parties, as effectively as a lengthy list of elite corporate customers.

Source: Macro Insider
Joe Cocker posthumously tops the German charts

The late Joe Cocker has rocketed up the German pop charts about a week after his passing. Not one, but two of Cocker's albums were in the German Top 100, published by GfK Entertainment. His "Greatest Hits" came in at 98 and "Fire It Up," his 22nd studio album originally released in 2012, jumped to number 48.

Related Articles  Source: DW, Germany
Monday, December 29, 2014
Paul McCartney leads Pop Music Hall of Fame inductees

Paul McCartney is among the 14 artists to be inducted into the 2015 Class of America's Pop Music Hall of Fame, including the Eagles, The Everly Brothers, The Four Seasons and The Righteous Brothers. It would mark McCartney's second entry into the Pop Music Hall of Fame, he was honored as part of The Beatles in 2013.

Source: Toronto Sun
Sony Hack Rumor: Paul McCartney wants Beatles back catalogue

According to a report in the UK, Paul McCartney is set to make a bid to buy the The Beatles back catalogue after wanting it for thirty years. The turnaround comes after leaked Sony emails revealed that executives were considering selling the rights which includes a share in more than 250 songs written by Lennon and McCartney.

Related Articles  Source: The Mirror, UK
Paul McCartney says college courses teaching popular music are ridiculous

In a recent Q&A with fans, a student studying for an MA in popular music in Liverpool asked Paul McCartney what he thought about college courses focusing on the Beatles as a means of learning pop music. He said, "For me it's ridiculous, and yet very flattering," although he stressed he's not against learning about popular music.

Source: Billboard
Ringo Starr reveals new album and tour dates in 2015

Ringo Starr has announced he will release a new album and hit the road again next year. He said the LP has been recorded and mixed, and will see release via Universal Records. And during a recent interview, Starr hinted at the upcoming tour, saying he and his band had a number of North American dates scheduled.

Source: Rolling Stone

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