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The 25 Best Posthumous Albums Ever

May 26th, 2014 9:00am EDT
Notorious BIG
Just because an artist dies doesn't mean their music has to. These posthumous albums prove some musicians continue to have a lasting effect long after they're gone. In no particular order, here are the 25 Best Postumous Albums Ever.

Notorious BIG - Life After Death
This ironically-titled album was the first posthumous work to score two #1 singles on Billboard. It was released only a few weeks after the rapper was killed in drive-by shooting. Mo Money Mo Problems and Hypnotize helped BIG break into popular music and introduced the world to Sean Combs.

Jimi Hendrix - The Cry of ...
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Paul McCartney, John Lennon & George Harrison's Sons To Form Supergroup?

April 3rd, 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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'Yellow Submarine' To Sail Again As Restored DVD

March 20th, 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

February 26th, 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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Alicia Keys' Charity Ball Raises $3 Million

November 4th, 2011 4:31pm EDT
Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys' eighth annual Black Ball has raised $3 million for children's charity Keep A Child Alive.

The cash was raised during her high-profile gala in New York on Thursday and will help fund AIDS treatment and care in Africa and India.

Keys, who was joined onstage at the Hammerstein Ballroom by Usher, will.i.am and Norah Jones, among others, says, "I am overwhelmed by the kindness I witnessed last night ...

"I am forever grateful to all of our supporters whose generosity will provide AIDS treatment and care for so many in desperate need."

The event honored the late George Harriso...
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George Harrison Tribute Gigs Planned

October 9th, 2011 7:49pm EDT
George Harrison
A pair of free concerts will be held in the Beatles' native city of Liverpool, England to mark 10 years since the death of guitarist George Harrison.

The musician died of lung cancer on November 29, 2001 and the two gigs will take place on the upcoming anniversary of his death.

They will be held at Liverpool's St George's Hall and The Cavern Club on November 29.

Acts including Brute Force and The Radha Krishna Temple, who were signed by Harrison to the Beatles' Apple Corps label, will perform alongside artists such as The Mersey Beatles, Singh Strings and the Dovedale School Choir.
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Paul McCartney Weds Nancy Shevell In London

October 9th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney married his fiancee Nancy Shevell in London on Sunday on the day his late bandmate John Lennon would have turned 71.

The Beatles legend, 69, proposed to New York socialite Shevell in May after four years together, and they became man and wife on Sunday at London's Westminster registry office at The Old Marylebone Town Hall - the same venue where McCartney married his first wife, Linda.

The couple received a blessing at a local synagogue on Saturday evening as part of Shevell's Jewish religion ahead of Sunday's civil service.

Shevell wore a flower in her hair and a simple w...
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More Beatles Memorabilia To Go Under The Hammer

October 6th, 2011 8:50pm EDT
Beatles
John Lennon's personal sketches and other Beatles memorabilia are set to go under the hammer at an auction in Argentina later this month.

The collection, which contains over 120 Fab Four items, features black-and-white photos, an autographed Paul McCartney bass guitar, and even signed checks.

A highly sought-after original drawing by Lennon, which showcases stick figures of the late singer and his wife Yoko Ono, along with a scribbled message that reads "1+1=John+Yoko. 'Tis simple math guys," is expected to fetch upwards of $22,535.

Collector Paul Blisniuk, tells Reuters, "My passion for...
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Beatles First Recordings To Be Released In Pre-Christmas Package

September 29th, 2011 9:41pm EDT
Beatles
Fans of the Beatles are set for an early Christmas present - the group's earliest recordings with singer Tony Sheridan have been collected for a new double album package to mark the Fab Four's 50th anniversary.

"The Beatles With Tony Sheridan: First Recordings" features tracks the band performed with Sheridan as Polydor artists after bandleader and music executive Bert Kaempfert discovered them performing in a German nightclub in 1961.

The CD will be accompanied by a booklet full of rarely seen photographs, taken by one-time Beatles guitarist Stuart Sutcliffe's fiancee Astrid Kirchherr, b...
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George Harrison Memorabilia To Be Exhibited

September 10th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
George Harrison
Guitars, clothing and lyrics from George Harrison's collection are to be exhibited in Los Angeles to coincide with the release of Martin Scorsese's new film about the late Beatle.

The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will mount a major exhibition on the life and music of Harrison next month, titled George Harrison: Living in the Material World - which is also the name of Scorsese's film.

The museum is working closely with Harrison's widow, Olivia Harrison and his son Dhani, in putting together what is being described as the first major look at Harrison, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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Gretsch To Sell Limited Edition Replica Of George Harrison's Guitar

January 10th, 2011 10:15pm EST
George Harrison
Guitar makers at Gretsch are marketing a new guitar styled after the Duo Jet George Harrison strummed in his early days with the Beatles.

The limited edition instrument is a replica of the one Harrison played at Liverpool's fabled Cavern Club.

The late Beatle once described the Duo Jet as his "first really decent guitar". He was pictured holding one on the cover of his 1987 album Cloud Nine.

Only 60 tribute Duo Jets will be available to fans when they hit stores in May (11), and each will cost upwards of $20,000.

The news of the new guitar has brought merchant sailor Ivan Hayward to com...
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After Nearly 10 Years Of Waiting, The Beatles Are Finally On iTunes

November 16th, 2010 1:46pm EST
Beatles
Apple Corps, EMI and Apple today announced that the Beatles, the most influential and beloved rock band in music history, are now available for the first time on the iTunes Store. Starting today, the group's 13 legendary remastered studio albums with iTunes LPs, the two-volume "Past Masters" compilation and the classic "Red" and "Blue" collections are available for purchase and download on iTunes worldwide as either albums or individual songs. Fans can also get a special digital "Beatles Box Set" featuring the "Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964" concert film, a worldwide iTunes exclusiv...
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John Lennon's Application For U.S. Residency Banned From Auction

October 6th, 2010 7:59pm EDT
John Lennon
John Lennon's application for U.S. residency has been banned from auction by officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The rare piece of memorabilia from the late Beatle was expected to fetch upwards of $100,000 at a planned Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction beginning on Wednesday - but the FBI has stepped in to remove the item, because it's considered government property.

The document, dated May 8, 1976, features Lennon's finger and thumbprints and his signature.

A spokesperson from the auction house confirms to TMZ.com: "The item has been under investigation by the FBI beca...
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Review: 'Two Jews On Film' Don't Come Together Over 'Nowhere Boy'

October 6th, 2010 2:21pm EDT
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"Nowhere Boy" is the extraordinary story of John Lennon's childhood. The film is directed by Sam Taylor Wood and written by Matt Greenhaugh. The cast, except for Kristin Scott Thomas are mostly unknown this side of the globe. But they all do an excellent job. Aaron Johnson plays John Lennon, Sam Bell portrays a young George Harrison and Thomas Sangstein gives a killer performance as a teenage Paul McCartney.

"Nowhere Boy" takes us on a fascinating journey through Lennon's teenage years. We see all the pain that inspired him to write some of his greatest songs.. He rides his...
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John Lennon's Last Note On Sale

September 12th, 2010 6:07pm EDT
John Lennon
A handwritten note John Lennon penned on the day of his murder has gone on sale for $154,000.

The Beatles legend was gunned down outside his home in New York City by Mark Chapman in December 1980.

The day before his death, Lennon had borrowed a guitar string from another band while recording at the Record Plant Studio in the Big Apple.

He returned the next day and gave an autograph to one of the studio's sound technicians, writing, "For Karl, who strung me along, thanx, John Lennon, 1980."

Lennon then returned to his home at The Dakota apartment block and was shot at the entrance.

His ...
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John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole Again

September 7th, 2010 9:33pm EDT
John Lennon
John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman has been denied parole for the sixth time.

The murderer, who gunned down the former Beatles star outside his home in New York in 1980, has been eligible for parole since 2000.

He's scheduled to appear before the parole board again in 2012.

Chapman, 55, was convicted of murdering Lennon and sentenced to 20-years-to-life behind bars.

Lennon's widow Yoko Ono has always fervently opposed Chapman's parole bid.

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Vatican Absolves The Beatles For Mysterious, 'Possibly Even Satanic' Messages

April 16th, 2010 9:12am EDT
Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr has rejected forgiveness from Catholic Church officials who once called him a Satanist.

Pope Benedict XVI sanctioned an article in the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano newspaper earlier this week, in which the Beatles were praised for their "beautiful" music and were absolved for their rock star decadence and experiments with drugs.

The front-page editorial also addressed John Lennon's controversial comments about the Beatles being "bigger than Jesus" at the height of their success.

The newspaper's editors wrote, "The Beatles said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysteri...
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Paul McCartney To Release 'Good Evening New York City' CD/DVD Nov. 17

November 15th, 2009 9:00am EST
McCartney live DVD
Paul McCartney's historic three-night musical christening of New York's Citi Field, witnessed by 120,000-plus attendees and universally hailed as a concert experience for the ages, will be immortalized November 17 when Hear Music/Concord Music Group releases "Good Evening New York City". This momentous musical experience will be available in two formats: a 3-disc (2 CD + 1 DVD) standard edition and a 4-disc (2 CD + 2 DVD) deluxe version featuring expanded packaging and a bonus DVD including McCartney's traffic-stopping, headline-making July 15 performance on the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee...
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Review: 'The Hangover' Is A Sensation Worth Experiencing More Than Once

June 3rd, 2009 9:54am EDT
The Hangover
"I'm psyched for you to see this movie, I think you're going to like it. We're really proud of it." Ed Helms to Starpulse's Mike Ryan in a recent interview about "The Hangover."

One of the biggest compliments I can give to a film that I'm reviewing is that I would pay money -- after just seeing it for free -- to see it again. The Hangover, without question, is one of these films and I guarantee that I will see it again. So, yes, Ed Helms, you were absolutely correct: I will try, now, to express in words how much I loved this film. Seriously, I loved the hell out of The Hangover.

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The Beatles' Entire Original Recorded Catalog Remastered; Out Sept.9

April 10th, 2009 5:00pm EDT
Beatles
Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music are delighted to announce the release of the original Beatles catalog, which has been digitally re-mastered for the first time, for worldwide CD release on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 (9-9-09), the same date as the release of the widely anticipated "The Beatles: Rock Band" video game. Each of the CDs is packaged with replicated original UK album art, including expanded booklets containing original and newly written liner notes and rare photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album. On the same date,...
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Review: U2's 'No Line On The Horizon'

March 10th, 2009 10:52am EDT
No Line On The Horizon
Let's put aside, if we can, the years of accolades this band has earned. Let's forget about Rolling Stone Magazine's five-star rating for this album (giving it "classic" status). Ignore the aging rock stars that have been written off more than once. And pay no attention to the sparse grey album cover that has left some fans scratching their heads.

All you need to focus on is the music. Three of the finest producers in music - all previous U2 collaborators - were involved in U2's twelfth studio album. Danny Lanois, Brian Eno, and Steve Lillywhite all put their mark on "No Line On...
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'The Beatles: Rock Band' Set For Worldwide Release September 9

March 5th, 2009 10:54am EST
The Beatles
Apple Corps, Ltd., Harmonix and MTV Games, a part of Viacom's MTV Networks, today announced the 9/9/09 worldwide release of The Beatles: Rock Band. The music-based video game, an unprecedented, experiential progression through and celebration of the music and artistry of The Beatles, will be available simultaneously worldwide in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other territories for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Wii(TM) home videogame console from Nintendo.

The Beatles: Rock Band will ...
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Steve Winwood Celebrates The New Year With String Of East Coast Concerts

December 3rd, 2008 6:00pm EST
Steve Winwood
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood, recently named one of Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," will ring in the New Year with a series of East Coast concert performances in January. Winwood's upcoming East Coast concert dates mark the first U.S. headline tour since 2007 for the legendary rock superstar, who last toured the states with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in the summer of 2008.

Winwood is currently enjoying the success of his most recent album, Nine Lives, which entered the Billboard 200 at #12 last May, bringing the artist his highest chart debut...
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Five Must-See Concerts Before You Die

July 14th, 2008 10:09am EDT
Led Zeppelin
Picture this scenario: you're on your deathbed, all of your finances are in order and amends have been made in every single one of your personal relationships. Something is wrong though; something keeps persistently gnawing at your emotions of regret until you realize that, as a fan of Rock and Roll, there were too many missed opportunities throughout your life. Too many nights, watching concerts from the latest fad, instead of seeing the true greats of arena history. If only you could go back in time, perhaps forgo that night wasted on The Spin Doctors and trade that experience for a night...
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Talent-Packed 'The Love Guru' a Script of Destiny From Funnyman Mike Myers

June 20th, 2008 9:16am EDT
Love_Guru
(Hollywoodchicago.com) – Commendably co-written by Mike Myers (who also wrote characters for 2002’s “Austin Powers in Goldmember” and 1999’s “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”), you know lines like “sheket bevakasha” came directly from his bowels.

Granted, I was one of the few at my screening to understand this Hebrew line as “quiet, please” and laugh at its precision placement, but that’s OK.

Though always known as a hippie funnyman, the novel script for “The Love Guru” actually holds personal and grave emotional value for Myers. He has said the film is a “reflection of the ...
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Solo Artists: Most Underrated And Overrated

May 16th, 2008 10:52am EDT
Bob Marley
In one week, "American Idol" will add one more solo artist to the music history.

Whoever it is, they have their work cut out for them. America has a penchant for producing legendary solo artists. People like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Marvin Gaye all came from America. Britain may have the monopoly on bands with the likes of The Beatles, The Who, and The Rolling Stones, but our sense of Independence has allowed us to produce the best solo acts of all time.

Still, some of these solo artists have received glowing reviews when completely unwarranted. Others have been nearly...
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Tommy Emmanuel Returns To 'Center Stage' With Live 2-CD Set Out April 29

April 23rd, 2008 9:00pm EDT
Tommy Emmanuel
Recognized as the elite of the elite and arguably the greatest living acoustic guitar player, two-time Grammy® nominee Tommy Emmanuel has mesmerized both fellow musicians and audiences alike with a professional career that spans over four decades. Tommy's dazzling performance, flawless guitar skills and voluminous repertoire never fail to amaze and engage his legions. From the wilds of Australia's outback to bustling major cities throughout the world, Emmanuel's flair, unforgettable showmanship and exhaustive world wide touring schedule have created an enviable fan base that continues to gr...
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Joe Cocker To Release 'Hymn For My Soul' May 13

April 18th, 2008 9:17am EDT
Joe Cocker
On May 13th, Fantasy Records will release Hymn For My Soul, the newest album from legendary singer Joe Cocker. The album unites Cocker, possessor of one of the world's most instantly recognizable and iconic voices (Lennon & McCartney's "With A Little Help From My Friends," anyone?), with Ethan Johns, who has proved both his worth and his Midas touch via albums he's produced for, among others, Rufus Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams, Razorlight, Kings of Leon, and Ray LaMontagne. The union has resulted in one of the most accomplished pieces of work in the Sheffield-born singer's long an...
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Legendary Superstar Steve Winwood To Release 'Nine Lives' April 29

April 3rd, 2008 3:58pm EDT
Steve Winwood
The legendary singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood has signed a new deal with Columbia Records who will release the artist's highly-anticipated new major label album, "Nine Lives," on Tuesday, April 29.

The eagerly-awaited "Nine Lives" is Winwood's first full-length studio album since About Time, released on Winwood's own independent label, Wincraft, in 2003; and it opens an important new chapter in Steve's extraordinary career. The musician also recently announced that he will head out on a national tour with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers this summer for shows acro...
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Overheard At The 50th Annual Grammy Awards

February 10th, 2008 11:18pm EST
Vince Gill
Quotes from the Grammy Awards:

''I just got an award given to me by a Beatle. Have you had that happen yet, Kanye? ... Just kidding.'' - Vince Gill, accepting the award for best country album from Ringo Starr.

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''I appreciate everything and I know you are really proud of me right now and I know you wouldn't want me to stop and you'd want me to be the No. 1 artist in the world. And Mamma, all I'm gonna do is keep making you proud.'' - Kanye West, speaking about his late mother as he accepted the award for rap album.

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''It's a pity Amy isn't here, but oh well, God ble...
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