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John Lennon's Ferrari Up For Auction

January 13th, 2011 9:04am EST
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John Lennon's 1965 Ferrari is set to fetch upwards of $150,000 when it goes under the hammer at an upcoming Paris, France, auction.

The tragic Beatles star reportedly bought the sports car shortly after passing his driving test in 1965.

It is expected to fetch between $155,000 and $220,000 when it's sold via British auction firm Bonhams on February 5.

Lennon only owned the Coupe for a few months before trading it in for a Rolls-Royce, but the sporty Ferrari made its mark in pop culture history - as the singer's first car.
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2010 Year In Entertainment Review: September

January 2nd, 2011 1:00pm EST
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Lady Gaga was the big winner and talking point at the MTV Video Music Awards this month - she picked up eight accolades and stunned everyone by taking to the stage in a meat dress. Meanwhile, Penelope Cruz confirmed the news she was pregnant with Javier Bardem's baby, and Angelina Jolie - who visited flood-ravaged Pakistan - was named Best Celebrity Role Model in an online poll.

George Michael began his eight-week prison sentence in London after being found guilty of cannabis possession and driving under the influence of drugs, and Guns N' Roses were booed and bottled offstage in Ireland a...
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Axl Rose Named Best Frontman Of All Time

December 30th, 2010 11:00am EST
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Rocker Axl Rose has been voted the best frontman of all time, ahead of stars including Freddie Mercury and John Lennon.

The Guns N' Roses singer gained the most votes to take the top spot in a Musicradar.com poll, fighting off competition from Queen star Mercury, who landed in second place.

Led Zeppelin icon Robert Plant came in third place, while Ronnie James Dio - who passed away earlier this year - claimed the fourth spot as the frontman of Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell. Beatles legend Lennon rounded out the top five.

Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Kurt C...
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'Tis the Season For Music

December 14th, 2010 11:00am EST
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There's still time for Christmas shopping and spreading the holiday spirit, why not enjoy it by loading up that iPod with some great holiday tunes? Spike your coffee with a little Bailey's Irish Cream or enjoy a Hot Toddy (not the Usher and Jay Z version, although we love that song too) put on your Yule tide shoes and take that mall by the antlers.

You may still encounter long lines, screaming children running away from Santa Claus and a crap-load of unruly holiday sweaters, but with your holiday playlist grooving in your ears, at least you can smile while doing so. Here are a few of our f...
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Julian Lennon Still Feels 'Cheated' By His Dad's Death

December 8th, 2010 4:17pm EST
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John Lennon's son Julian is still shocked by the circumstances surrounding his famous father's death - because history was "repeating itself in the most awful way."

Lennon left Julian's mother Cynthia for Yoko Ono in 1968, when the lad was aged just five - the same age as Lennon was when his parents deserted him.

And Julian is adamant the Beatles legend's murder 12 years later - on December 8th, 1980 - has chilling parallels with Lennon's own upbringing, because his mother, Julia, died when the musician was aged 17, just as he was reconnecting with her.

Julian says, "I have always felt ...
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Yoko Ono's Heartfelt Tribute To John Lennon

December 8th, 2010 11:06am EST
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Yoko Ono has paid a touching tribute to her late husband John Lennon on the 30th anniversary of his death, recalling the happy times she shared with the Beatles legend before he was killed.

The Imagine hit-maker passed away 30 years ago on December 8th, 1980 after he was gunned down outside his New York apartment in The Dakota building by deranged fan Mark Chapman. Ono has marked the date by remembering her happiest moments with the singer - sipping Lennon's favorite tea and laughing like teenagers together.

In a post on her Imagine Peace website, she writes, "John and I are in our Dako...
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Mark David Chapman's Signed John Lennon Album Up For Sale

November 22nd, 2010 9:49am EST
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The album John Lennon autographed for his killer Mark David Chapman on the day he was murdered is up for sale. The current owner has decided to sell the signed Double Fantasy record for a staggering $850,000 after receiving death threats since purchasing the LP.

Autograph dealer Gary Zimet tells the New York Post's Page Six column, "The album is the most extraordinary artifact in rock 'n' roll history. It has Lennon's signature on the cover and Chapman's forensically enhanced finger prints on the sleeve. There are evidence markings from the NYPD. I originally sold it in 1999, but it has c...
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After Nearly 10 Years Of Waiting, The Beatles Are Finally On iTunes

November 16th, 2010 1:46pm EST
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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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Lady Gaga Wins Restraining Order Against Fan

November 11th, 2010 8:03am EST
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Lady Gaga has obtained a restraining order against a fan who allegedly sent the pop star a menacing letter.

The Bad Romance singer is said to have been left fearing for her life after Russian student Anastasia Obukhova sent her a creepy note describing her "dream" of dying together.

The message, which was intercepted by Gaga's management team, read: "You come to my dreams. I want to die and I want to die together with you. I am not (John Lennon's assassin) Mark Chapman. It is not only you who will die. I will shoot a bullet through my head too."

The 26 year old, who lives in New York,...
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Kanye West Deems Coldplay To Be 'More Talented Than The Beatles'

November 10th, 2010 9:47am EST
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Kanye West dreams of recording an album with Chris Martin - because he's convinced the British rocker and his Coldplay band mates are "more talented than The Beatles."

Martin lent his vocals to the rapper's 2008 track Homecoming and West was so impressed, he's now begging the Yellow hit-maker to join him in the studio again - because he believes a collaboration with Coldplay could make "one of the greatest albums ever."

West says, "America has, and probably always will, dominate music across the globe but it's always been the British who pull out that very special band. We have had amaz...
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Michael Jackson Is Top-Earning Dead Celebrity

October 26th, 2010 8:14am EDT
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Michael Jackson has topped a list of the highest-earning deceased celebrities, making more money in the past year than Elvis Presley and John Lennon.

The Thriller icon, who died in June last year, posthumously pulled in $275 million over the past 12 months with his back catalogue and merchandising deals.

His concert film This Is It, which documented preparations for his ill-fated London stage residency, also made $250 million at the box office.

Jackson's earnings were greater than the total combined earnings of the 12 other dead stars on Forbes magazine's list, including Presley, Lord...
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Lady Gaga Buys Back Auction Items

October 14th, 2010 8:45pm EDT
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Lady Gaga has stepped in to buy up a collection of her old belongings after a former manager announced he was auctioning them off.

The Paparazzi singer reportedly contacted auctioneers Gotta Have It! Collectibles and asked them to return the property, which included rare demo CDs dating as far back as 2002.

The company agreed to hand over the items for a small fee. The amount paid by Gaga's management team for the lots has not been disclosed.

The items are the latest pulled from the upcoming Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction - last week, the FBI seized John Lennon's 1976 application for U...
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Jonas Brothers Pay Tribute To John Lennon

October 11th, 2010 1:34pm EDT
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The Jonas Brothers have filmed a video tribute to John Lennon to mark what would have been the late Beatle's 70th birthday on Saturday.

The young pop stars cite Lennon as their greatest musical influence and they shot the short clip to honor his memory on the special day.

The brothers, who are seated on a sofa together, talk about how the iconic musician inspired their own work and thank him for his contribution to music.

Nick Jonas says, "We grew up listening to the Beatles in our home, John Lennon specifically. And his words, and his lyrics, and his music spoke to many generations of...
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John Lennon Time Capsule Buried In Ohio

October 9th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
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Bosses at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, have marked John Lennon's 70th birthday by 'burying' a time capsule containing the late Beatle's CDs, books and notes he wrote to his wife Yoko Ono.

Had he lived, Lennon would have turned 70 on Saturday.

The capsule, to be kept in the Cleveland museum's archives, will be opened in 2040 - on Lennon's 100th birthday.

Concerts, art exhibitions and other special events are being held around the world this weekend to mark the singer/songwriter's birthday.

One of the most anticipated events is an outdoor screening of the film Lennon N...
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Cast Of 'Glee' Tops The Beatles On Hot 100 Chart

October 6th, 2010 9:15pm EDT
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The cast of "Glee" is set to pass the Beatles' bag of Billboard Hot 100 chart hits thanks to another six new entries on the countdown, which will be announced on Thursday.

The cast's Britney Spears tribute show wowed fans, who snapped up downloads by the hundreds of thousands and propelled five Spears covers into the top 100 and snagged the highest debut of the week at 16 with "Toxic."

The tally, which also includes Lea Michele's heartbreaking rendition of Paramore's "The Only Exception," puts the cast ahead of the Beatles for most appearances among non-solo acts in the Billboard chart's ...
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John Lennon's Application For U.S. Residency Banned From Auction

October 6th, 2010 7:59pm EDT
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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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Lady Gaga's Sheer Outfit Steals The Show At John Lennon Tribute

October 5th, 2010 11:06am EDT
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Lady Gaga performed at a tribute show with Yoko Ono for the late John Lennon, but all anyone could talk about was the sheer outfit Lady Gaga wore on stage.

The dark one-piece seemed to conceal all, but with the right light - and once she turned around - it was very apparent it was meant to show off almost everything!

After the concert Gaga took to her Twitter.com page to tell fans about the show, posting a picture of herself posing with Lennon's son Sean, writing: "I got to sit in as a guest musician tonight, what a legendary band + mother, Yoko."

Lennon's widow organized three nig...
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Lady Gaga Duets With Yoko Ono

October 4th, 2010 11:45am EDT
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Lady Gaga took to the stage with Yoko Ono on Saturday night to duet at a tribute concert for late Beatles legend John Lennon.

Lennon's widow organized three nights of shows in Los Angeles over the weekend to mark what would have been the musician's 70th birthday on October 9th.

Stars including Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore and rapper RZA all appeared at the Plastic Ono Band gig on Saturday night, but the highlight of the evening came when the Poker Face hit-maker joined Ono for a duet.

After the concert Gaga took to her Twitter.com page to tell fans about the show, posting ...
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Yoko Ono Says John Lennon Would Have 'Loved The Internet'

September 20th, 2010 8:10am EDT
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Yoko Ono is convinced John Lennon would have loved the creation of the internet - because he "always jumped" on new technology.

The Beatles star, who was gunned down outside his home in New York City in 1980, would have turned 70 on October 9th.

And his widow is sad the late musician never saw the evolution of the web, which came about in the 1990s - as she's sure he would have loved the invention.

Ono tells Britain's The Andrew Marr Show, "I think he would have been going very strong and creative, still, and I think he would have been very interested in playing (on) the computer beca...
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Christina Aguilera's Classy Black Cocktail Dress - Hot Or Not?

September 14th, 2010 10:16pm EDT
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Christina Aguilera attended the Montblanc John Lennon Edition global pen launch in New York City on Monday looking sexy and sleek in a black strapless dress.

The pop star recently made Starpulse's "Best Babes - Fall 2010 Movie Line Up" list for her upcoming film "Burlesque."

Christina makes her dramatic feature debut as Ali, a small-town singer who takes her shot at stardom performing at a neo-burlesque nightclub in Los Angeles.

Christina will join "Justin Timberlake and Friends, a Special Evening Benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children" in Las Vegas next month. The show will raise f...
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John Lennon's Last Note On Sale

September 12th, 2010 6:07pm EDT
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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
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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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Yoko Ono Planning Tribute Gig For John Lennon

August 29th, 2010 5:00pm EDT
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Yoko Ono is planning a special tribute gig in Iceland to mark what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday in October.

The Beatles legend, who was shot and killed in New York City in 1980, would have celebrated the milestone on 9 October and his widow is planning a series of events to mark the occasion.

Ono will present the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace award, which was created in 2002, to four key figures for their contribution to world harmony, and after the ceremony she will light the Imagine Peace Tower illuminated memorial, located on an island close to the Icelandic capital of Reyk...
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John Lennon's Toilet Sells For $14,000

August 29th, 2010 12:00pm EDT
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A toilet which once belonged to late Beatles legend John Lennon has sold for over $14,000 at an auction on Saturday.

The blue and white porcelain bowl was once installed at Tittenhurst Park, Lennon's luxury mansion in Berkshire, England, where he lived until moving to New York with Yoko Ono in 1971.

Organizers at the auction in Liverpool, England were stunned by the high price of $14,740 paid by the unnamed lucky winner - because the item was only expected to fetch up to $1,500.

Anne-Marie Trace, who works at the Beatles Shop which organized the sale, tells Reuters, "I think it's the mos...
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Bid On John Lennon's Toilet

August 23rd, 2010 12:38pm EDT
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A lavatory from the home of late Beatles legend John Lennon is to go on sale at an auction of Fab Four memorabilia later this month.

The porcelain toilet bowl was installed at Tittenhurst Park, Lennon's luxury mansion in Berkshire, England, where he lived until moving to New York with Yoko Ono in 1971.

The lavatory is expected to fetch $1,500 when it goes under the hammer in the Beatles' hometown of Liverpool on Saturday.

Other lots in the auction include a mono copy of Lennon and Ono's Two Virgins album, expected to sell for $3,750, and a black-and-white photo of Paul McCartney outside...
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Yoko Ono Still Opposes Parole For John Lennon's Killer

July 27th, 2010 10:30am EDT
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John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono is continuing her staunch opposition to his killer's release - she has submitted her sixth letter to U.S. court officials in a bid to deny Mark Chapman parole.

The Beatles legend was shot dead in New York in 1980 and Chapman was later convicted of his murder and sentenced to 20-years-to-life behind bars. He became eligible for parole in 2000 and Ono has consistently opposed his release. Chapman, now 55, will face another parole board hearing early next month and Ono has written to officials once again to insist she would not feel safe if her husband's killer i...
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Cheryl Cole Might Be The Hottest Woman On The Planet

June 9th, 2010 9:44am EDT
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British singer Cheryl Cole is celebrating after picking up the top honor at the "Glamour Women of the Year Awards" in London on Tuesday.

The Girls Aloud star, who launched a solo pop career last year, was presented with the "Woman of the Year" prize, voted for by readers of the magazine's British edition.

Rockers Florence and the Machine took "Band of the Year" honors at the ceremony, while Lily Allen received the Solo Artist of the Year award.

Australian pop star-turned-TV host Dannii Minogue was named "TV Personality of the Year" for her judging panel role on Simon Cowell's talent show...
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Paul McCartney Annoyed By 'Nowhere Boy'

May 24th, 2010 4:30pm EDT
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Paul McCartney has yet to watch John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy - because he's "peeved" the actor playing his role is too short.

The film stars Kick-Ass' Aaron Johnson as Lennon, while Thomas Sangster portrays McCartney in the story of the late Beatle's early years.

But McCartney is not happy about the height difference between the onscreen pair - because he was just as tall as his Beatles band mate in real life and insists movie bosses should have put Sangster in "platforms" to make up the extra inches.

He tells Britain's Seven magazine, "I haven't actually seen it, but I hear I'm OK ...
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Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' Deemed The Greatest Song Of All Time

May 20th, 2010 8:29am EDT
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Bob Dylan's 1965 hit Like A Rolling Stone has topped a new list of the Greatest Songs of All Time.

Rolling Stone magazine editors and contributors have spent months piecing together the ultimate top 500 list and Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited track has beaten out The Rolling Stones' (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction to the number one spot. John Lennon's Imagine comes in at three, while What's Going On by Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin's 1967 anthem Respect round out the top five.

Also making the top 10 are Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode, The Beatles' Hey Jud...
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