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Monday, March 30, 2020
Lockdown sends album sales to all-time low but vinyl stays strong

U.S. album sales hit what's thought to be the lowest weekly sale of all time as the coronavirus pandemic hit retail figures. But vinyl sales continued to deliver impressive results, with Pearl Jam, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Beatles appearing near the top of a sales chart.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Jim James covers The Inner Light to raise money for coronavirus relief

American singer/songwriter and guitarist Jim James just released a video of himself covering The Inner Light, using a banjo instead of a sitar. Although the banjo may seem like a vast contradiction to the original instrumentation, the sharp tone actually sounds very similar to the sitar, while showcasing James' own originality as an artist.

Source: Mxdwn
Friday, March 27, 2020
Video: Dhani Harrison covers George Harrison's The Inner Light

Dhani Harrison has released his own version of The Inner Light. Dhani announced, "The Material World Foundation, created by George Harrison in 1973, is today donating $500,000 to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, Save the Children, and Doctors Without Borders, which are providing much needed aid and care during this COVID-19 pandemic".

Source: Noise 11
Abbey Road crossing gets makeover amid coronavirus lockdown

The Abbey Road pedestrian crossing made famous by The Beatles is receiving a makeover amidst the coronavirus lockdown. Nowadays the spot is often busy due to the groups of tourists and visitors trying to recreate the iconic Beatles photo. London has taken advantage of the lack of hustle and bustle to give it spot a fresh lick of paint.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Ringo Starr moves 2020 All Starr Band tour to 2021

Ringo Starr has announced that he is rescheduling his 2020 North American tour with his All Starr Band to 2021, citing concern and caution for the well being of fans, crew and staff due to the Covid-19 crisis. "This is very difficult for me," said Starr. "In 30 years I think I've only missed 2 or 3 gigs nevermind a whole tour."

Source: Best Classic Bands
McCartney's handwritten lyrics for Hey Jude set to sell at auction

Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics for Hey Jude and his shooting script for the music video of Hello Goodbye! are tipped to sell for over 225,000 (about $280,000). The auction of 300 items of Beatles memorabilia was to be held at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York but following the coronavirus outbreak it is taking place online.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Tours of Liverpool attractions you can do without leaving home

Thankfully technology gives us many ways to see the world without leaving our living room. You can even tour the childhood homes of the Beatles, including John Lennon's former home "Mendips" at 251 Menlove Avenue. He lived at the semi-detached 1930s home, from 1945 to 1963 with his aunt Mimi after his parents separated when he was five.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool's first coronavirus death was Scouse legend

Tributes have flooded in for one of Liverpool's "very best" Cy Tucker, who died after suffering from coronavirus symptoms. The legendary musician, who used to rub shoulders with the likes of Cilla Black and The Beatles, died on Tuesday morning. He is believed to be the first person to die of coronavirus in Liverpool.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, March 23, 2020
Abbey Road on the River postponed due to coronavirus

The world's largest Beatles-inspired music festival, Abbey Road on the River, is being postponed amid concerns about the coronavirus, it was announced in a press release Monday. The event will be moved from Memorial Day weekend in May to October 8-11, and will coincide with what would have been John Lennon's 80th birthday.

Source: WAVE TV, Louisville
Friday, March 20, 2020
NYC neighbors unite to sing Hey Jude from their apartment windows

New Yorkers are taking a sad song and trying to make things better. Touching video shows a group of coronavirus-isolating Big Apple neighbors uniting in song with a rendition of Hey Jude. Around a dozen Upper West Siders were filmed as they leaned out their windows from two adjoining buildings, singing and playing instruments.

Source: NY Post
Glastonbury 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

Glastonbury 2020 has officially been cancelled as the UK continues to battle coronavirus. The news comes after the first full wave of acts was unveiled last week, led by headliners Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney. Organizers confirmed that ticket-holders will have the chance to guarantee their place for next year's event.

Source: U Discover Music
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Cirque du Soleil closes its Las Vegas shows because of virus

Cirque du Soleil said Saturday that it is temporarily suspending its productions in Las Vegas as well as around the world because of the new coronavirus outbreak, including The Beatles LOVE show at the Mirage. The decision was based on public health authorities calling for people to limit their social interactions.

Source: 660 News, Calgary
Beatles Story in Liverpool shuts its doors in response to coronavirus crisis

Liverpool tourist attraction The Beatles Story is the latest venue to shut its doors in response to the coronavirus crisis. They said that, while there had been no reported cases of the virus at the site, they closed "in the interest of the health and well-being of all our employees, visitors and partners."

Source: The Business Desk, UK

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