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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Beatles hit one billion streams

The Beatles were one of the final holdouts from releasing their music onto streaming services, but they finally relented last year at Christmas. Since that time, the Fab Four have accumulated one billion streams which translates to $17,000,000 in royalties based on the current .0017 per stream figure being used by the industry.

Related Articles  Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Beatles relase hypnotic While My Guitar Gently Weeps video

George Harrison's While My Guitar Gently Weeps comes to life in a new video created by Apple and Cirque du Soleil. The hypnotic clip is based on a 10th anniversary re-staging of the Harrison song for LOVE, Cirque's theatrical production at The Mirage in Las Vegas, and includes highlights elements from the LOVE performance.

Source: Rolling Stone
James McCartney promotes impressive new album at concert in Chicago

James McCartney has grown tremendously as a selective story teller over three short years. "It's all been an evolution. This set of songs definitely has a harder edge, but it's a continuation of the last album," James McCartney said before his June 21 appearance at the intimate, wood paneled, Schuba's Tavern in Chicago.

Source: The Examiner
Paul McCartney gives fans something extra in Denmark

Audience reports were very positive for the show Paul McCartney put on June 27 at the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, Denmark. Fans say he was in good voice on songs such as "Here There and Everywhere," which you can see and hear on this page and that also included a little bit of "The Long and Winding Road" to start it off.

Related Articles  Source: The Examiner
Paul McCartney hired Star Trek creator in 1970 to make Wings sci-fi film

After the break-up of The Beatles in 1970, Paul forged ahead as frontman of Wings. An avid fan of Star Trek, Macca decided to hire its creator Gene Roddenberry to write a science-fiction epic that would feature Wings in an intergalactic battle of the bands, but busy with a possible Trek reboot, Roddenberry never got to complete it.

Source: Contact Music
When the Beatles typhoon hit Japan in 1964

Fifty years ago this week, the Fab Four played some of their final live performances ever at the iconic Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. The Beatles flew from London to Tokyo on Japan Airlines, the photo of the group waving to their screaming fans upon arrival is an iconic image of the trip. About 43,000 people saw them perform in Japan.

Source: Japan Times
Elvis' first guitarist Scotty Moore has died

Legendary guitarist Scotty Moore has died at age 84. He, along with bassist Bill Black at the beginning and later drummer D.J. Fontana, were the musicians backing Elvis Presley on many of his most iconic songs. Moore also had his own recording studio for several years. One of the albums done there was Ringo Starr's "Beaucoups of Blues."

Source: The Examiner
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Paul McCartney was so confused on Brexit that he couldn't vote

Paul McCartney has said he couldn't get to the polls to vote on whether to remain or leave the European Union because of his ongoing tour, but he said that even if he had been in town, he likely wouldn't have voted anyway. "I think like a lot of people, I was very confused," McCartney said Monday from a tour stop in Denmark.

Source: Washington Post
Video: South Korean artists collaborate on UNICEF #IMAGINE Project

SM Entertainment in South Korea has collaborated with UNICEF on their 2016 #IMAGINE Project, a campaign that supports equal opportunities for children all over the world. The project has released a stunning cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" featuring vocals from South Korean artists, Katy Perry and will.i.am.

Source: K Music
Kasabian say new album is inspired by John Lennon's chair

English rock band Kasabian say their new album has been inspired by a concept of John Lennon's, based on the idea of a chair. Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno said in an interview, "Lennon said The Beatles version of rock & roll was their chair. So I thought, Wow, I want to make my version of that chair."

Source: NME, UK
Beatles author Phillip Norman lists top 10 books about the Beatles

When he embarked on his Beatles biography Shout! in the late 70s, Paul McCartney biographer Philip Norman says friends and journalistic colleagues told him he was mad, there was nothing more to know. How different from today, he says, when the appetite for Fab Four trivia seems inexhaustible.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Monday, June 27, 2016
Paul McCartney plays shortened set for charity at tiny UK pub

Paul McCartney headlined a one-off charity show on Saturday night called "Dine and Disco for Children in Need" done in front of roughly 100 people at the Mulberry Inn, a small local pub in Chiddingfold, Surrey in the UK. It was the only scheduled stop McCartney was to have as of now in the UK on the One On One Tour.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Fan waits 30 years to get Ringo Starr's autograph on LP, doubling its value

Beatles fan Paul Minett, who got John, Paul and George to autograph his Sgt. Pepper album outside their Abbey Road recording studio in 1967, has more than doubled its value after waiting 30 years to add Ringo's name to it. Originally priced at 15,000, the album has now been valued by auctioneers at a whopping 40,000.

Source: The Express, UK
Paul McCartney's Meat Free Monday recipe: Delicious vegan samosa

Since 1975 Paul McCartney has avoided eating meat as a vegetarian, and now credits his vegan diet to his healthy lifestyle. Paul teamed up with his daughters Stella and Mary to launch Meat Free Monday, and this is a recipe from their book, "The Meat Free Monday Cookbook: A Full Menu for Every Monday of the Year."

Source: Foods 4 Beatter Health
Making the case why McCartney should continue touring

There's been an ongoing discussion among Paul McCartney fans in recent months about the wisdom of Macca continuing his "never-ending" tour, and how his voice is holding up. This is a reasoned look at both sides of the issue from a recent exchange Beatlefan publisher Bill King had with some other McCartney fans.

Source: Something New Blog
15 rare, behind-the-scenes photos of the Beatles

The Beatles Book, launched in August 1963, was the only fanzine authorized by the Fab Four. Chock full of the latest Beatles news and photos, it was an exclusive portal into the private lives of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Looking Through You: Unseen Photographs from The Beatles Book Archive will be re-released in August.

Source: Parade Magazine
Friday, June 24, 2016
Join Ringo Starr in Hollywood for his 76th birthday celebration

Ringo Starr has officially announced that he will be appearing in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 7 to celebrate his 76th birthday with a little help from his friends... Ringo is inviting the public to come join him along with special friends and family in a "Peace and Love" celebration in front of the Capitol Records building in Hollywood.

Source: The Examiner
10 years later, The Beatles LOVE is still dazzling

Even classic songs from The Beatles need a revamp once in a while. Cirque du Soleil did just that with The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage, all in time for its 10th anniversary on July 14. Changes include new acts performed to different Beatles songs, spruced-up costumes and refreshed choreography and technology.

Source: Las Vegas Magazine
Dakota Building porter's shirt to be auctioned

A shirt stained on the night John Lennon was murdered has emerged for sale 36 years later. Concierge Jay Hastings was wearing the shirt as he rushed to help Lennon that night. Also included in the sale is a copy of the album Double Fantasy signed "To Jay, Love John Lennon Yoko Ono." The items are being sold in Beverley Hills tomorrow.

WARNING: Includes Distressing Content  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Pictures: Beatles on the other side of the camera

Photographer Richard Avedon often spoke about how Photography is a fiction and how pictures communicate opinions rather than facts. The Beatles brought their Pentax cameras with them around the world. The group even performed on a themed stage on November 25th, 1963 with "Beatax" camera props and designs.

Source: Spyvibe Blog
Beatlefan Magazine exposes truth about the Butcher Cover

Everyone thinks they know the tale of the controversial "Butcher" cover, but as Bruce Spizer writes in the next issue of Beatlefan Magazine, despite what you have read in countless books, articles, Internet sites and blogs, the "Capitol Butchers The Beatles" story is just that; a story, and a wrong one at that.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Ferris Beuller's Day Off soundtrack to be released without Beatles

An official soundtrack for the cult classic Ferris Beuller's Day Off, which came out in 1986 and never had a soundtrack album, is set to be released. The official track listing has yet to be finalized but is it not expected to include The Beatle's Twist And Shout, due to the band rarely allowing for their music to be used in compilations.

Source: Hot Press
Beatles, Yoko Ono sign petition demanding Congress pass gun control laws

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono were among the almost 200 music industry celebrities who have signed an open letter to Congress demanding a solution to an epidemic of gun violence. McCartney and Yoko Ono also signed petitions earlier in the week to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Video: Little boy sings Don't Let Me Down

Recently posted to the internet was this video of a father and son playing guitars and singing John Lennon's Don't Let Me Down, which was written as an expression of John Lennon's love for Yoko Ono. It's really touching the way the boy just never takes his eyes off his dad as he gets directed through the song.

Source: WTMM FM, Schenectady
Photos: When The Beatles rocked Toronto

An exhibit that opened Saturday in Toronto celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' 1966 shows in the city. The exhibit includes photos of the insanity at the Maple Leaf Gardens and the jam-packed press conferences, a rare copy of Yesterday and Today butcher cover, and a recreation of a typical 1966 basement rec room.

Source: National Post, Toronto
Stuart Sutcliffe: An average boy with little evidence of future distinction

Fifth Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe would have been 76 today and to mark the occasion, a damning school report card has gone on show at the Beatles Story museum in Liverpool, denouncing his future abilities. In the recently discovered document, teachers doubt Sutcliffe's academic abilities describing him as an average boy.

Source: Liverpool Confidential
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Ringo says this All Starr Band lineup is a keeper

Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band is no longer Ringo being backed by a revolving cast of well-known musicians. Instead it's a real band that Starr says he hopes to keep together indefinitely. "The band is good," Starr said at a news conference. "We're getting longevity as a band now. It's so far out. I've no plans to change it."

Source: Detroit Free Press
Love Me Do drum kit to be auctioned next week

It was announced today that the Ludwig drum kit used by drummer Andy White during the sessions for the Beatles' song Love Me Do for the Please Please Me album will be auctioned next week, on June 30, by Nate D. Sanders Auctions. The auction will take place online. The auction's minimum bid is $150,000.

Source: Beatles Examiner
George Harrison family letters go up for auction

Beatles autographs come to the market quite frequently, but they aren't often accompanied by three handwritten letters to one of their fans from George Harrison's mother and sister. The pair would often reply to Beatles fans letters, these three letters show an interesting insight into the Beatles lives at the beginning of their careers.

Source: Blackmore Vale Magazine, UK
Beatles collectables sell for more than $2,500 at auction

A collection of Beatles memorabilia, including a personal letter from Paul McCartney and early editions of their greatest hits has been auctioned in Darlington, England, for more than 1700 (about $2,500). The items had been kept in an attic in Liverpool for decades until their owner discovered their true worth.

Source: ITV, UK
June 1966: When Germany went wild over The Beatles

Before The Beatles set out on their blitz tour of Germany in June 1966, Beatlemania hadn't yet infected Germany. They swooped in for six short shows, and the hype surrounding the English musicians proved contagious. After three days of pool parties and fan riots, The Beatles left for Japan and German media sighed in relief.

Source: Deutsche Welle
Ticket To Ride returns to San Fernando Valley this Sunday

Ticket to Ride, A Tribute to the Beatles will be performing live on Sunday, June 26 in a Concert in the Park in Woodland Hills, Ca. I've had the pleasure to attend this wonderful and fun event for the last several years, hosted by the Valley Cultural Center. If you're a Beatles fan and you're anywhere in the area, I highly recommend this show!

Source: Beatles News Blog
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
James McCartney to share tunes from new album tonight in Chicago

James McCartney is entertaining fans on his current tour with a blend of eclectic tunes from "The Blackberry Train," his latest release. McCartney will perform once again in the Chicago area tonight. He said, "I love performing live, and it's great fun. It can be nerve-wracking sometimes, mostly because I get so pumped up for it."

Source: Northwest Indiana Times
Peace and Love and more: A conversation with Ringo Starr

In a new interview, Ringo Starr talks about his message of "Peace and Love," his advice for new artists trying to find their way now, how The All-Starrs have evolved as a unit, personally and musically, and how his last album, Postcards From Paradise, is blurring the line between his solo albums and his All-Starr Band.

Source: Huffington Post
Fans celebrate Paul McCartney's birthday in Prague

Paul McCartney came to Prague in the Czech Republic on June 16, two days before his 74th birthday. Fan reports say those in attendance sang "Happy Birthday" to him after "Maybe I'm Amazed." McCartney later mentioned his birthday before singing "Birthday" in the encore. The next show is June 24 in Bergen, Norway.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Pictures: Cast of Beatles musical Let it Be paints submarine yellow

Half a century after the Beatles topped the charts with Yellow Submarine, the cast of the Fab Four musical were at the docks in Kent customizing their own underwater craft. Having been a hit in the West End, Let It Be is on tour and is the biggest ever Beatles celebration show, featuring more than 40 of the band's greatest hits.

Source: News Shopper, UK
Monday, June 20, 2016
Ron Howard's Beatles documentary gets release dates and new trailer

The Ron Howard film "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week The Touring Years" will have its theatrical release in the U.S. on September 16, 2016. The film will also stream exclusively to Hulu subscribers the following day, the first time this has ever been done. The first trailer from the film and the official poster were also released today.

Source: The Examiner
Paul McCartney among artists petitioning for digital copyright reform

Paul McCartney is among over 160 artists and record labels calling for digital copyright reform by way of petition. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) came into being in 1998, long before streaming services dominated the industry. Artists and industry figures are saying YouTube provides a "safe harbor" for infringement.

Source: NME, UK
Beatles Insider Tony Barrow: A tribute to one of the Good Guys

In a new article, Beatles historian Bruce Spizer remembers his friend Tony Barrow. He said, "He was truly one of the good guys, a class act who was a part of The Beatles' success. He kept fans informed through his credited and uncredited stories in The Beatles Monthly Book and left us with a wonderful book of his own."

Source: Something New Blog
Vegan diet keeps Paul McCartney young, fit and healthy at age 74

Paul McCartney recently turned 74, and looks as young and healthy as ever, thanks to an active lifestyle and a vegan diet. McCartney could easily pass for a decade younger, and credits his longtime vegan diet for his boundless energy. "When I see bacon, I see a pig, I see a little friend, and that's why I can't eat it," Paul said.

Source: Celebrity Health & Fitness

50 Years Ago: Beatles cause controversy with Butcher Cover

When Yesterday... and Today was released with the infamous "Butcher Cover," stores balked at selling such a product, DJs thought that the picture was a rare misstep by the band and distributors were furious with Capitol. The label rushed a recall of all the LPs, and the family-friendly version of the album hit stores five days later, on June 20, 1966.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, June 17, 2016
The Beatles now available for streaming in India

As of today, the Beatles are now available for streaming the first time in India, from Indian music streaming service Saavn. Included are the Beatles' catalogue of 13 re-mastered British albums and six essential collections. The Beatles first became available through streaming services to much of the world last December.

Related Articles  Source: New India Express

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