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The Beatles' Rubber Soul Turns 50

12/5/2015 4:08pm EST
Happy 50th Anniversary To The Beatles' Iconic Album 'Rubber Soul
The Beatles debuted one of their most prolific works of music 50 years ago this month. "Rubber Soul" was the definitive Beatles album, where the band went from cute mop-tops to taking their music in a more emotional and mature direction.

The album dropped for the first time in stores in December 1965, and one of the band's greatest works was written on an extreme deadline.

According to a story published by Rolling Stone, the album was cut in four weeks, from October 12 to November 12, 1965.

Reportedly, the band basically locked themselves in Abbey Road for hours on end, writing song aft...
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Chris Stapleton Comes Up Big For Second Straight Week

11/17/2015 11:08am EST
Chris Stapleton Makes It Two Weeks Atop The Billboard 200   
Chris Stapleton sure came up – big time. After reentering the Billboard 200 with his critically lauded debut Traveller at number one, Stapleton keeps the top spot warm. Why is this surprising this week? There were several new albums, but none of them had the support to unseat the country singer/songwriter. Interestingly, Stapleton still had a big impact, to the tune of 124,000 units (78% of those were sales).

The newbies also couldn’t take the runner-up spot, with Eric Church’s surprise effort Mr. Misunderstood improving from #3 to #2 despite losing support. Still, with a modest 65,000 uni...
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Beetles Kill George Harrison's Memorial Tree

7/22/2014 1:11pm EDT
Beetles Kill George Harrison's Memorial Tree
An infestation of beetles has killed a memorial tree planted in honor of Beatles icon George Harrison.

The pine tree was planted in Griffin Park in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2004, three years after the musician, guitarist, singer-songwriter died from lung cancer. It represented the star's love of gardening.

Unfortunately, bark beetles and ladybugs led to the 10-foot-tall tree's demise. According to the Los Angeles Times, officials plan on replacing the tree with a new one in the same spot.

Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle," Harrison released several solo albums after the legendary ba...
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Ron Howard To Direct Beatles Documentary

7/16/2014 4:03pm EDT
Ron Howard To Direct Beatles Documentary
Ron Howard is set to bring The Beatles back to movie theaters for the first time since Let It Be premiered in 1970.

Howard will direct an authorized documentary that follows the legendary band during their touring years when they traveled across the world and "Beatlemania" took over.

Howard said in a press release, "I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."

The Beatles only toured from 1963 to 196...
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10 Music Myths People Still Believe

6/22/2014 12:55pm EDT
10 Music Myths People Still Believe
Some of the greatest music myths are those that pass through generations and are still fresh and new to each set of ears that hears them. The best of the best are funny, mean and downright outrageous. But hey, you have to be pretty high on the popularity scale to get one of these things said about you, so myth or not, all press is good press. According to Webster's, a myth is a "a widely held but false belief or idea." So in no particular order, here are 10 of the greatest music myths people still believe, even after all these years.

1. Elvis Is Still Alive!

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Paul McCartney Forced To Postpone June Concerts In U.S. Due To Virus

6/10/2014 1:00pm EDT
Paul McCartney
The virus that forced Paul McCartney to cancel two shows in Japan and postpone a concert in South Korea will also postpone all of the Beatles star's U.S. shows in June.

It's unknown what viral infection McCartney has, but it sounds like it's pretty nasty if the singer postponed so many shows. He said in a statement on his website, "I'm sorry but it’s going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again. I’m feeling great but taking my docs' advice to take it easy for just a few more days. Look forward to seeing you all soon."

The shows, which were to take place in the secon...
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12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!

3/27/2014 2:00pm EDT
12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!
Even if you are not a big fan of rock and roll music, there are some opening lines to songs that grab your attention and keep it. Some of the greatest rock bands in the world have crafted masterpieces, but their opening lines leave a little something to be desired. The following list is purely subjective, but it bears the question, what do you think is the best opening line in rock and roll?

1. "It was 1989 my thoughts were short my hair was long, caught somewhere between a boy and man. She was seventeen but she was far from in-between, it was summertime iin Northern Michigan."

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The Top 15 Boy Bands Of All Time

3/25/2014 10:00am EDT
The Top 15 Boy Bands Of All Time
All girls look to the guys in boy bands to help them get through their awkward preteen years. These handsome guys always tell you they love you, that you're smart, beautiful, and the only one for them. Their signatures in magazines are always dotted with hearts, they always look as if they can look off the page into your soul. Is it any wonder that boy bands continue to be popular with young girls?

(BTW: Boy bands aren't just popular with young girls. Women continue to stay faithful to their bands as they grow older, hence the popularity of the recent "NKOTBSB" tour featuring 90's sensatio...
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Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr To Reunite At Grammy Awards

1/21/2014 8:31am EST
Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney will reunite at the Grammy Awards this weekend. The iconic Beatles bass player and drummer are scheduled to perform at the 56th annual event on Sunday, Jan. 26 in Los Angeles.

The pair are the only survivors of the 60s British Band.

McCartney's song "Cut Me Some Slack" (a collaboration with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic) has been nominated for "Best Rock Song," while Starr's "Live Kisses" DVD is up for "Best Music Film."

Starr recently told Access Hollywood: "To celebrate the 50 years since we landed in New York in February [1964], they are putting on a bi...
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Alicia Keys, John Mayer, More Stars To Salute The Beatles In Grammy Special

1/7/2014 8:29am EST
Alicia Keys
A new television special, "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles," will feature performances by John Legend, Alicia Keys and Maroon 5.

Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics will also reunite for the special, and John Mayer and Keith Urban will also participate, according to Grammy organizers.

The primetime show, presented by The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS, will celebrate the iconic Beatles and their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964.

The special will air on Jan. 27, one day following the 56th Annual Grammy Awards...
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The Eurythmics To Reunite For Grammy Salute To The Beatles

1/6/2014 11:50am EST
Eurythmics
The Eurythmics are reuniting to perform at a special Grammy tribute concert in honor of The Beatles later this month.

Renowned musicians Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart will take part in The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles, marking their first appearance onstage together since 2003.

John Mayer and Keith Urban will team up to perform Don't Let Me Down at the concert, while Alicia Keys and John Legend will tackle Let It Be. Maroon 5 also will take the stage.

Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich says, "When it came around to booking this show, what I felt was impor...
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Unseen Beatles 'Yellow Submarine' Photos To Go Under The Hammer

11/27/2013 4:20pm EST
Yellow Submarine
Rare pictures of The Beatles posing with their cartoon counterparts from the film Yellow Submarine are to be sold at auction later this month.

The photos show the Fab Four during a visit to the London studio where the 1968 movie was made, and the musicians are seen meeting life-sized cut-outs of their animated selves.

The collection of more than 150 transparencies is expected to fetch as much as $60,000 when it goes on sale at Omega Auctions in Stockport, England on Friday.

The pictures are believed to have been taken between 1967 and 1968 by photographer Stephen Archetti.
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Aerosmith, Dropkick Murphys, Others Perform At Boston Strong Benefit Concert

5/31/2013 5:11pm EDT
Aerosmith
Aerosmith, Carole King, New Kids on the Block, Dropkick Murphys, and many more took the stage Thursday night to raise money to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

The Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration event at a sold-out TD Garden in Boston lasted an astonishing 5 1/2 hours, starting at the national anthem and ending with a group rendition of the Beatles' "Come Together" and Boston anthem "Dirty Water."

Joey McIntyre shared his story from the Boston Marathon - the New Kids on the Block star had finished the race 10 minutes before the bombs went off. He s...
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Celebrity Birthdays - October 9, 2012

10/9/2012 3:00am EDT
John Lennon
Happy Birthday to:

Beatle John Lennon (1940; d. 1980)

Actress Jodelle Ferland (1994)

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery (1993)

Actor Tyler James Williams (1992)

Actress Spencer Grammer (1983)

Actor Zachery Ty Bryan (1981)

Actor Brandon Routh (1979)

Actor Nick Swardson (1976)

Musician Sean Lennon (1975)

Actress Erin Daniels (1973)

Actor Jason Butler Harner (1970)

British singer P.J. Harvey (1969)

Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (1964)

Actor Michael Pare (1958)

Actor Scott Bakula (1954)

Actor John O'Hurley (1954)

Actor Tony Shalhoub (1953)

Rock matriarch Sharon Osbourn...
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Beatles, Elvis & Sinatra Amongst Nominees For Inaugural Pop Music Hall Of Fame Class

9/18/2012 8:06pm EDT
Beatles
The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys are among the first ever nominees for the American Pop Music Hall of Fame.

Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, The Carpenters and Simon & Garfunkel are also among the 40 acts on the long list to become the first class of stars inducted into the Pennsylvania venue, which will open next year.

Fans have been invited to vote for their favourites online and the nominees will be whittled down to 20 in May, before finalizing the official list of honorees next summer.

Artists eligible for the prize must have scored a U.S. hit between 1946 and ...
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Stella McCartney Honors Her Parents' Marriage With New Perfume

8/30/2012 5:28pm EDT
Stella McCartney
Paul McCartney's fashion designer daughter Stella has created a new perfume in honor of his near 30-year marriage to her mother.

Photographer Linda Eastman wed the Beatles legend in 1969 and the couple enjoyed a lasting relationship until she lost her battle with breast cancer in 1998, aged 56.

Now, their daughter Stella McCartney has paid tribute to her parents' romance by launching a new fragrance based on the Let It Be hit-maker's nickname for his wife, L.I.L.Y., which was also her favorite flower.

She tells Harper's Bazaar, "I've been hiding away from giving out information but, y...
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Celebrity Birthdays - July 7, 2012

7/7/2012 3:00am EDT
Ringo Starr
Happy Birthday to:

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr (1940)

Singer Kaci Brown (1988)

Figure skater Michelle Kwan (1980)

Actor Troy Garity (1973)

Actress Kirsten Vangsness (1972)

Actress Cree Summer (1969)

Actress Robin Weigert (1969)

Actress Jorja Fox (1968)

Actress Amy Carlson (1968)

Comedian Jim Gaffigan (1966)

Actress Mo Collins (1965)

Actress Paula Devicq (1965)

Singer Vonda Shepard (1963)

Actor Billy Campbell (1959)

Actress Shelley Duvall (1949)

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Celebrity Birthdays - June 18, 2012

6/18/2012 3:00am EDT
Paul McCartney
Happy Birthday to:

Beatle Paul McCartney (1942)

Actor Max Records (1997)

Actress Willa Holland (1991)

Canadian actress Renee Olstead (1989)

Canadian singer Colin Munroe (1980)

Country singer Blake Shelton (1976)

Actress Alana De La Garza (1976)

Actress Julie Depardieu (1973)

British singer Alison Moyet (1961)

Actress Andrea Evans (1957)

Actress Carol Kane (1952)

Italian actress Isabella Rossellini (1952)

Actress Carol Kane (1952)

Actor Michael Sheard (1940; d. 2005)

Actor Richard Boone (1917; d. 1981)

Actress Nedra Volz (1908; d. 2003)

Actress Jeanette MacDonald (1903; d. 1...
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Paul McCartney To Perform At Summer Olympics

6/5/2012 10:41am EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney has confirmed he will be performing the grand finale at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics this summer.

The Beatles legend revealed earlier this year that he was in talks to play a pivotal role in the 2012 sporting spectacular, and now he has ended the speculation.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live Drive, he announced, "I've been booked," adding that he would be "closing the opening" on July 27.

Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker Danny Boyle is taking charge of the opening ceremony, which is inspired by the theme Isles of Wonder.

The Fab Four icon proved he k...
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Paul McCartney Gives Beatles Classic A Mexican Twist

5/14/2012 10:11pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney gave Beatles classic "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" a Mexican twist when he performed in Mexico City last week - by bringing out a mariachi band to join him on the track.

The rock legend staged a free concert for an estimated 250,000 people at Zocalo - the city's most historic venue which has drawn audiences since the Aztec period - and delighted fans by jamming for three hours.

During the gig, McCartney showed his love for the country by waiving a Mexican flag and he admits he was moved by the turnout.

He says, "It was quite emotional and exciting that people who might not be able ...
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Paul McCartney To Play Free Concert In Mexico

4/27/2012 10:38pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney is set to thank Mexican fans for their continued support by staging a free concert in Mexico City's most historic venue next month.

The Beatles legend has lined up two live dates in Guadalajara and Mexico City in May, as part of his current South American tour, and now he has added a third concert on May 10th.

That show, staged at The ZA3calo, a location which has drawn audiences since the Aztec period, will be completely free of charge.

McCartney says, "Thanks to the Mayor and the people of Mexico for making this beautiful site available for our show. Also thanks to th...
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John Lydon Snubs The London Olympics

4/25/2012 11:03pm EDT
John Lydon
Punk icon John Lydon turned down an offer for his band Sex Pistols to take part in the London Olympics celebrations, branding the event a waste of money and accusing organizers of trying to hijack his image.

Rumors swirled last year that the Pretty Vacant hit-makers were among acts being lined up to perform at the sporting spectacular's opening ceremony in July, alongside members of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Now, Lydon has confirmed he was approached about getting involved, but he snubbed the offer as he is adamant the U.K. cannot afford to stage the event in the midst of a gl...
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Madonna, Lady Gaga & Michael Jackson Make Fashion Icon List

4/4/2012 9:15am EDT
Madonna
Madonna, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and The Beatles have been named among the "All-Time 100 Fashion Icons" by Time magazine editors.

The extensive list features the "most influential fashion icons since 1923", the year the publication was born, and is split into six categories - Designers & Brands, Models, Muses, Photographers, Editors & Stylists and Style & Design.

The artists have all made the list as Muses, alongside rocker David Bowie, actors James Dean, Brigitte Bardot, Farrah Fawcett, Audrey Hepburn, late British royal Diana, Princess of Wales and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Paul McCartney, John Lennon & George Harrison's Sons To Form Supergroup?

4/3/2012 9:12pm EDT
Beatles
The sons of Beatles stars Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon are planning to team up to form a new supergroup.

McCartney's son James has revealed he has had conversations with Sean Lennon and Dhani Harrison and they appear to be "up for" picking up where their fathers left off.

But McCartney admits that Ringo Starr's drummer son Zak was less than keen: "I don't think it's something that Zak wants to do."
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Paul McCartney's Son To Play Legendary Cavern Club

4/3/2012 2:23pm EDT
James McCartney
Paul McCartney's rocker son James is set to follow in his dad's footsteps on Tuesday by performing at the fabled Cavern Club where The Beatles made their name.

The singer/songwriter will take to the stage at the now-legendary venue in Liverpool, England, where the Fab Four honed their craft and launched their career in the 1960s.

The 34 year old admits he jumped at the chance to play the Cavern Club, insisting, "Yeah, I (wanted)... just to embrace the Beatles legacy rather than running away from it... I think it's great, I think it's an honor."

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Paul McCartney's Wood Destroyed By Disease

4/1/2012 5:30pm EDT
Paul and Linda McCartney
A forest Paul McCartney planted in memory of his late wife Linda has been destroyed by disease.

After his wife's death from cancer in 1998, the Beatles star planted numerous trees on the border of the estate he shared with Linda in Somerset, England.

However, the woodland has been devastated by phytophthora ramorum, or sudden oak death, a disease which has infected many of the trees in Linda's Wood and forced caretakers to cut them down.

McCartney entrusted the maintenance of the green space to the League Against Cruel Sports and spokesperson Joe Duckworth confirms most of the larch tree...
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The Beatles Prevail In Wheelchair Dispute

3/30/2012 6:56pm EDT
Beatles
The Beatles have successfully prevented a Dutch company from trade marking the band's name for a range of wheelchairs.

Executives at Apple Corps, the company set up by members of the iconic group, disputed mobility aid company You-Q BV's application to trademark the name Beatle for various land and air vehicles in 2004. They amended their trademark claims in 2005 to include just wheelchair products.

However, the European Union's Court of Justice has now ruled in favor of Apple Corps, which has previously trademarked the name for a wide range of products.

The panel of judges stated on ...
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'Yellow Submarine' To Sail Again As Restored DVD

3/20/2012 10:30pm EDT
Ringo Starr
The Beatles' animated classic Yellow Submarine has been digitally restored for a new DVD/Blu-Ray release.

The 1968 film, which has been out of print for years, will hit stores at the end of May.

Restoration expert Paul Rutan, Jr. and his team of specializts at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. worked on the film for months, cleaning up the film's photochemical elements by hand, frame by frame.

The DVD and Blu-Ray packages will feature a making-of documentary, the film's original theatrical trailer, audio commentary by producer John Coates and art director Heinz Edelmann and in...
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Rare Beatles Holiday Photos For Sale

2/26/2012 4:30pm EST
Beatles
Previously unseen pictures of the Beatles on holiday taken by an 11-year-old schoolboy are set to be sold at auction.

The musicians were snapped relaxing at a hotel in the British seaside resort of Weston-Super-Mare in 1963, just weeks after they scored their first U.K. number one single with "Please Please Me".

The photographer was Bruce Leak, then 11, who was on a family holiday with his parents at the time.

The pictures show the stars sunbathing, relaxing on deckchairs and having afternoon tea at the hotel.

Leak's sister, Ann O’Neill, 73, inherited the snaps after her brother's death...
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Celebrity Birthdays - February 25, 2012

2/25/2012 3:00am EST
George Harrison
Happy Birthday to:

Beatles guitarist George Harrison (1943; d. 2001)

Actor Justin Berfield (1986)

WWE wrestler Maria Kanellis (1982)

Actress Rashida Jones (1976)

Actor Sean Astin (1971)

TV host Nancy O'Dell (1966)

Actress Tea Leoni (1966)

Comedian Carrot Top (1965)

Actress Karen Grassle (1942)

Actress Diane Baker (1938)

Actor Jim Backus (1913; d. 1989)

Marx Brother Zeppo Marx (1901; d. 1979)

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