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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Beatles boom on SoundScan chart after 50th Anniversary Special

The Beatles catalog received an enormous lift in the week following their CBS 50th anniversary special. 13 Fab Four titles crowded onto SoundScan's 200-position chart, scanning a total of 65,000 units. The top title was the hits compilation "1," which tracked 18,000 copies, seeing a 90% gain and landing at No. 20.

Source: Variety
Monday, February 17, 2014

Julian Lennon
Julian Lennon slams Beatles tribute concert as karaoke

Julian Lennon says he was unimpressed by the celebration in Los Angeles marking the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's historic arrival in America. "The last thing I wanted to do was stand in the audience with everybody else, clapping my hands and being filmed in front of millions while watching a Beatles' karaoke session. Give me the originals any day."

Source: The Express, UK
Photos: Paul and Ringo at the Grammy Beatles Salute

Earlier this month CBS broadcast The Grammy Salute To The Beatles at the same time and date of the now legendary first TV appearance by the band on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9th 1964. Paul McCartney's official photographer was on hand to capture exclusive photos from the rehearsals and the show.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Friday, February 14, 2014
International broadcasters acquire rights to Beatles tribute special

A raft of international broadcasters have acquired "The Beatles: The Night that Changed America ? A Grammy Salute." In Japan Wowow has acquired the programme as have Foxtel in Australia and TVNZ in New Zealand. In Latin America, Mexican broadcaster Televisa has bought the show and in Canada Rogers has picked it up.

Source: Television Business International
Beatles gain in charts after CBS tribute special

Following CBS' airing of the "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles" on Feb. 9, the band's catalog got a lift. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, for example, is up 38% while the greatest hits album "1" at No. 37 rises by 91%. In total, there are eight albums by the Beatles on the chart this week.

Source: Billboard
Monday, February 10, 2014

Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl plays quintessential Beatles rocker on TV tribute

As part of Dave Grohl's never-ending Beatles love fest, the Foo Fighters frontman played the Yellow Submarine track "Hey Bulldog" during last night's TV tribute to the band. Grohl sang and played guitar alongside Electric Light Orchestra's Jeff Lynne. Grohl also played drums with Joe Walsh and Gary Clark, Jr. on While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Source: Rolling Stone
Ratings for Beatles special solid for CBS but no match for NBC's Olympics

NBC rolled Sunday to another easy primetime ratings victory courtesy of the Winter Olympics, but CBS provided stronger-than-usual counter-programming with its Beatles salute special. According to Nielsen, the show was watched by 13.9 million viewers overall from 8 to 10:30 p.m., peaking in the final half-hour.

Source: Variety
What you didn't see in the CBS Beatles salute

A couple of noteworthy bits of the Grammy Salute to the Beatles wound up on the editing room floor.The biggest surprise was the edit of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr's performance of "Hey Jude," the extended vamp of the song's signature singalong was considerably longer than what ended up in the 2 1/2-hour telecast.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr steal the show at Beatles Grammy Tribute

Despite a two-hour parade of musical tributes, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney effortlessly stole the show last night. Starr's three-song set served as a reminder of just how charming and charismatic a live frontman the Fab Four's drummer has become. McCartney icked off their set with the totally appropriate "Birthday."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Video: Katy Perry blasted for changing Beatles song

Sunday night on "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America ? A Grammy Salute," one particular performance had Twitter angrily abuzz. Katy Perry sang "Yesterday" and changed the word "man" to "girl." It seems like a simple switch, but Beatles fans were not amused. One fan tweeted, "Katy Perry changed the lyrics. Not cool."

Source: Yahoo! TV
Katy Perry, John Mayer, Maroon 5 celebrate Beatles' 50th Anniversary

Many of music's most popular artists came out to celebrate with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr last night. Alicia Keys, John Legend, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Stevie Wonder and many more took the stage to sing some of band's most iconic songs, plus many celebrity presenters including LL Cool J, Sean Penn and Johnny Depp.

Source: E! Online
Taping of Beatles Grammy Salute turned celebs into giddy kids

There's an easy way to give pop music's most performance-hardened stars a case of the butterflies, ask them to perform in front of The Beatles. Many of today's top artists gathered to honor The Beatles with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in attendance at taping of the Grammy Salute to The Beatles which aired Sunday night.

Source: Associated Press
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Peter Frampton on Beatles tribute: A lot of not-so-dry eyes

Peter Frampton performed with Ringo at his L.A. benefit, backed Starr at the Grammys and the house band on CBS Beatles tribute show. "You think you know them because they're ingrained in your soul, until you start to listen to them and work out the parts. They're very, very clever. It was eye-opening as we all went, Ah-ha!"

Source: Billboard
Friday, February 7, 2014
Video: Letterman interviews McCartney and Starr for CBS Beatles special

David Letterman spoke this week with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at the Ed Sullivan Theater for the CBS Beatles tribute special which will air Sunday night. "It's like going back to your old school, isn't it?" McCartney said. Starr's memory of the Ed Sullivan Theater was that it was "four times bigger than this."

Source: Newsday
CBS TV recreates Ed Sullivan marquee for anniversary

David Letterman's "Late Show" marquee at West 54th Street and Broadway in New York City underwent a major renovation Thursday. The retro look, which features the exact wording that was posted for "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964, will cover the current Late Show with David Letterman marquee through the weekend.

Source: Newsday
Don Was calls Beatles Ed Sullivan Tribute extremely powerful

"Everyone dropped what they were doing. It was such an intense emotional experience," said Don Was about rehearsals for The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles. The moment that everyone was waiting for, the two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, performing together.

Source: Radio.com News
Thursday, February 6, 2014

Al Jardine
Al Jardine shares details about NYC Beatles tribute show

Beach Boy Al Jardine is one of the many stars scheduled to perform at a tribute concert called America Celebrates The Beatles which will be held on Saturday in New York City. He tells ABC News Radio that he'll close out the concert by singing a rendition of With a Little Help from My Friends and one or two other songs, including a Beach Boys classic.

Source: WFJA FM, Sanford, NC
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr go full circle on Beatles night

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are set to spend the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show at the theater where it all took place. They will be guests on The Late Show With David Letterman on Feb. 9, following the Grammy Salute to the Beatles. Letterman's show is taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

Source: Artist Direct
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Review: Beatles 50th anniversary TV special

Nobody in music is changing the world today. Katy Perry was so awful, it was the only thing anybody could talk about. Imagine Dragons did a flawless version of "Revolution" absent all the original's soul. And then Jeff Lynne and Joe Walsh and Dhani Harrison come out and positively kill "Something." And then comes Stevie Wonder.

Source: The Lefsetz Letter
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
In Pictures: The Grammy Salute to the Beatles

Music world stars celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show by performing Monday night in Los Angeles, including Stevie Wonder, Keith Urban, Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart, Adam Levine, Dave Grohl, John Legend, Katy Perry, Annie Lennox, Peter Frampton and Alicia Keys.

Source: NY Daily News
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite for Beatles TV special

No one plays a Beatles song quite like a Beatle. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr joined forces at the Los Angeles Convention Center on With a Little Help From My Friends and Hey Jude as the finale on the tribute to the Beatles that CBS will air on Feb. 9, the 50th anniversary of their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Source: Billboard
Friday, January 24, 2014
Cirque's Love to cap Beatles TV tribute

The Beatles Love Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas will go dark Sunday through Tuesday so they can participate in the all-star Beatles tribute on Feb. 9, first with their rendition of Here Comes the Sun and then in the night's elaborate finale, expected to feature Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney performing together.

Source: Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

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