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Money can't buy you love on iTunes
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 08/29/08 7:33 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

According to The Wall Street Journal, it's possible that The Beatles make more money from selling albums than selling individual tracks online, even though that's what consumers seem to prefer. iTunes policy prevents record labels and artists from selling an album only instead of individual tracks, something that Amazon's download service does allow.

Among the six best-selling catalog artists, the act that sold the most individual songs digitally, the Rolling Stones, sold the fewest albums, digital or physical. The Stones' six million single tracks sold may seem impressive, but they represent low-cost, low-profit transactions.

However, while CD sales decline, AC/DC, not on iTunes, has consistently sold more than one million CDs in the US, year after year, and only the Beatles have sold more "catalog" albums in the US than AC/DC, also without licensing their music to iTunes.

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Three special guests on the radio in L.A. this Sunday morning
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 08/28/08 6:52 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On this Sunday's Breakfast with the Beatles, the longest running Beatles show in America, host Chris Carter will be joined by three very special guests from 9 am till noon.

During the nine o'clock hour Chris will speak to Yoko Ono live from the Dakota in New York City. Yoko will talk about The Art of John Lennon Exhibit at The Westfield Topanga Mall in Canoga Park, California, a free to the public event the first weekend in September.

Then, at ten o'clock, George Harrison's son Dhani Harrison will drop by to talk about his group thenewno2 and his weekly series of shows coming up in September at The Key Club in West Hollywood, California.

Finally, to round out the morning, Beach Boys legend Mr. Brian Wilson will be in studio with Chris to hang and rap about the Beatles, Phil Spector, the Beach Boys and how lucky the sun is.

If you're in the Los Angeles area, switch on and tune in to Breakfast with the Beatles on 95.5, KLOS-FM, this Sunday morning at 9 am.

Paul can't wait to play in Israel
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 08/27/08 3:17 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On his official website today, Paul McCartney has made the announcement of his upcoming performance in Israel official, calling it his "Friendship First" concert.

Paul said, "I've heard so many great things about Tel Aviv and Israel, but hearing is one thing and experiencing it for yourself is another. We are planning to have a great time and a great evening. We can't wait to get out there and rock."

Earlier this year, Israel's ambassador to Britain, Ron Prosor, apologised to The Beatles during a trip to Liverpool for the "misunderstanding" that caused the Beatle's visit to Israel in 1965 to be cancelled. In a letter he wrote, "There is no doubt that it was a great missed opportunity to prevent people like you, who shaped the minds of the generation, to come to Israel and perform."

Paul's gig in Tel Aviv, Israel, will take place on Thursday, September 25. Check our What Goes On Beatles Events Calendar frequently for concert info updates.

Lend your voice to sing The Beatles in Cape Cod
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 08/26/08 8:20 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Outer Cape Chorale of Provincetown Massachusetts is looking for new members.

They start rehearsing next month for their concerts in December when they'll be performing a concert called Imagine: The Music of the Beatles, a wide variety of choral arrangements of classic Beatle's hits, and Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio Choral Suite.

There are no auditions, but some ability to read musical scores is appreciated. The group rehearses at 6:30 pm on Thursday evenings at Provincetown's United Methodist Church on Shank Painter Road in Provincetown.

Imagine: The Music of the Beatles will be performed December 12 & 13 at 7pm at the UU Meeting House on Commercial Street in Provincetown and December 14 at 3pm at the Nauset Regional Middle School on Route 28 in Orleans. All concerts are free!

The first rehearsal is Thursday, September 11th. For more information, call Jon Arterton?? (508) 487-0477 or visit the Outer Cape Chorale's website

Wanted: George Harrison artists and musicians
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 08/25/08 7:55 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Wonderwall Music Shoppe & Emporium on Harrison St. in Oak Park IL, west of Chicago, is sponsoring the 1st Annual "Harrison on Harrison -- George Harrison In Art & Music...on Harrison Street Event!" This event wil pay homage to the late great George Harrison and takes place on September 19-21.

They want all Beatles fans to know that they now have an 'open call for artists' for works depicting an aspect of George's life, musician (guitar, sitar, ukulele), gardener, spiritually-minded, etc. And, they are booking bands and individuals.

If you can help out, or for more info, please visit their official website at

Pete Best appearing in New Jersey in October
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 08/22/08 7:21 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

You may think you're having a flashback to the 1960s if you visit Farnsworth Avenue in Bordentown, NJ in October, as an original member of The Beatles, Pete Best, will perform at The Record Collector in Bordentown on Oct. 12. Pete will be appearing in support of his forthcoming CD release "Haymans Green" in September.

The venue's "small, but clean" PA system and 60-person capacity has meant an enjoyable experience for both audience and artist at the shows held at the site since they began hosting live performances this spring, says concert promoter and city resident Randy Ellis. "It's an intimate little gig, you're sitting in chairs right on top of the artist, everybody's loving it."

Peter Tork will also be appearing at The Record Collector on August 29.

Visit The Record Collector, 358 Farnsworth Ave for tickets, or for more info, check out their site, or call 609-324-0880. Tickets for the Pete Best show are $22.50 for standing and $25 for seated reservations, and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets now available for George Harrison Beatle Festival
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 08/21/08 7:33 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Tickets are now available for The Benton George Harrison Beatle Festival on October 4. Tickets will be available at Memories Antiques on the Benton Public Square, Main Street Records in Mt. Vernon, Plaza Records in Carbondale, Beatles for Sale in St. Louis, West Frankfort Chamber of Commerce and Byassee Keyboard and Sound in Marion.

George Harrison house in Benton, IL

Memories Antiques is accepting credit card orders by calling (618) 439-4650. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

An opening ceremony will be conducted outside Hard Day's Nite Bed & Breakfast, the former Harrison house, located at 113 McCann St. in Benton. Among the bands performing at the festival will be The Pete Best Band: Best of the Beatles and George Harrison impersonator Peter Conrad.

Dangerous email scam targets Beatles fans
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 08/20/08 7:21 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

A computer forensics expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has warned email messages with the subject line "The Beatles - Back Together Again" is a dangerous email scam that tries to lure you into clicking on a fake link, which then installs malicious software on their computer.

Gary Warner, who operates UAB's Spam Data Mine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said that at least 36 percent of e-mails received Tuesday morning pointed to a malware site. Other fake subject lines included "Weekly Top News" and "You've received a greeting card."

Last week, hundreds of millions of spam messages were sent impersonating CNN and MSNBC. Spammers have impersonated major Internet sites, including news sites, for years. In 2006, a widespread spam campaign impersonated the BBC Web site.

Remember, don't open email from addresses you don't recognize, and don't ever click on links in email you're not sure about.

(Info thanks to The Birmingham News and MSNBC.)

Listen to Brian Wilson's new album on the net this Friday
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 08/19/08 12:57 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Music and Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson and Capitol Records are partnering with newspapers all across the US for an exclusive premiere of Brian Wilson's new album, That Lucky Old Sun.

From August 22 to September 1, more than 50 newspaper and TV station websites, including USA Today, will exclusively offer full streaming audio of Wilson's new album before its September 2 release.

Viewers to the websites will be able to listen to the full 38-minute album in sequence or skip ahead or back to individual tracks.

Click here for more information

For the release of his new studio album, That Lucky Old Sun, Wilson has returned to Capitol Records, his original label home. The new album will be released on CD, limited edition CD/DVD, and digitally on September 2. The album was released today (August 19) as a limited edition vinyl LP.

Brian Wilson describes That Lucky Old Sun as an "interwoven series of 'rounds' with interspersed spoken word," and as an autobiographical travelogue of sorts. The new studio album is produced by Wilson and was created with his acclaimed band at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where he first recorded in 1962.

Brian says, "This music is really special to me and I hope that everyone will enjoy it!"

Brian Wilson will tour with his band this fall, performing songs from That Lucky Old Sun and his classic hits. For more information, check out Brian Wilson's official website.

Alison Mosshart has an incredible time at Abbey Road
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 08/18/08 7:30 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Alison Mosshart has revealed that she found it "incredible" to make music at Abbey Road Studios.

The singer and her bandmate Jamie Hince recorded three tracks at the iconic recording studios, which were famously used by The Beatles between 1962 and 1970.

"You go into the studio with its history in your mind," Mosshart told NME. "It sounds perfect and everybody working there has a certain air about them. It's an incredible environment to work in."

Mosshart is currently promoting The Kills' third album Midnight Boom in the US.

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