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The Beatles Record-Breaking US Chart Invasion

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Friday, April 4 is the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ record-making invasion of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with a sweep of the entire Top 5! 



The Beatles also had seven other songs peppering the Hot 100 chart (there were a whopping 12 Beatles songs on that week’s Hot 100). 

That same week, The Beatles also held the top two spots on Billboard’s albums chart with Meet The Beatles! and Introducing…The Beatles. These U.S. chart records have never been broken!

USA TODAY has reported on this record-breaking achievement: http://gnikn.us/OfzTD5

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The Beatles' US albums remastered: Review and overview by Steve Guttenberg

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The Audiophiliac chats with the project's mastering engineers to get the inside scoop on the Beatles sound.

"I bought the US Beatles Capitol Albums sets when they were remastered in 2004, and compared those discs with the 2014 remasters. Frankly, there's no comparison; the new ones sound better. They're more fleshed out, less compressed, and clearer."

Read CNET's Steve Guttenberg's review of the US albums here.

 

Credit: CBS Interactive/CNET

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Back by Popular Demand! CBS Re-Broadcasts the Grammy Tribute Show!

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Back by popular demand!  There has been so much incredible interest in THE BEATLES: THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA - A GRAMMY® SALUTE that CBS are RE-BROADCASTING the show THIS WEDNESDAY - so if you missed it - it's your chance to see Paul and Ringo perform together, supported by some of the biggest names in music today.  

THE BEATLES: THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA - A GRAMMY® SALUTE features today's top artists covering the songs performed by the band on that momentous evening along with other Beatles songs through the years, as well as footage from that landmark Sunday evening and other archival material. In addition, various presenters will help highlight and contextualize the musical, cultural and historical impact of the group and their legendary performance on the Ed Sullivan show.

Watch the show on CBS, Wednesday, Feb 12 at 8:30 EST / 7:30 Central

http://www.cbs.com/shows/the-night-that-changed-america/

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"They say the world doesn't change in a day. But one day, it did." New York Daily News.

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February 7th, 1964. The Beatles arrive in New York.

Paul: "There were millions of kids at the airport, which nobody had expected. We heard about it in mid-air. There were journalists on the plane, and the pilot had rang ahead and said, 'Tell the boys there's a big crowd waiting for them.' We thought, 'Wow! God, we really have made it.' "

Today marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' US debut. On this date in 1964, The Beatles flew together across the Atlantic for the first time, in hopes of cracking the USA - something no British band had yet managed to do. By the time the third and last of their first Beatles Ed Sullivan broadcasts aired - a little more than two weeks after their arrival - the band would be back home, having made broadcasting history and their trip as a whole a phenomenal and unprecedented success. 

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Artists cover Beatles' classics on the Late Show with David Letterman for the 50th Anniversary

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Broken Bells, Sting, Lenny Kravitz and The Flaming Lips with Special Guest Sean Lennon Among the Artists performing on the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater on the Late Show with David Letterman, as part of Tribute Week for the 50th Anniversary celebrations. 

For more about the show visit http://www.cbs.com/shows/late_show/

You can find out all about The Beatles First US Visit at usalbums.thebeatles.com

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The Beatles Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy

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RINGO:  "It's great to be here.  It's a wonderful to-do with music.  For me, that's my life.  At 13, I was ill, I was in hospital.  They gave me a little, teeny drum, and I only ever wanted to do that for the rest of my life.  And that's what's carrying on today, really, The Beatles' music is still out there and that's the thing I'm most proud of."

Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono accepted the award on behalf of The Beatles.

The Recording Academy honoured the 2014 Special Merit Awards recipients at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception on Jan. 25 in Los Angeles. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are The Beatles, Clifton Chenier, the Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, Armando Manzanero, and Maud Powell; Trustees Award honorees are Rick Hall, Jim Marshall and Ennio Morricone; and Emile Berliner and Lexicon are Technical GRAMMY Award recipients.

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"The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles."

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Tuesday 28/02/2014: Last night artists gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show during the band's first visit to the US.

The incredible list of musicians and artists who joined Paul and Ringo on stage included Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Dhani Harrison performing alongside Joe Walsh and Jeff Lynne, Pharrell Williams singing with the cast of The Beatles LOVE show, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart reunited as Eurythmics, Sean Penn, Kate Beckinsale and Johnny Depp, L L Cool J, Monty Python's Eric Idle, Ed Sheeran, Dave Grohl and Maroon 5.

The two-hour show will tape on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, the day after the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, from 8–10 p.m. ET/PT — exactly 50 years to the day, date and time of the original event.

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A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles

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Tonight The Beatles will be honoured at 'The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles' which will be broadcast on CBS Sunday 9th February at 8pm, exactly 50 years to the day, date and time of the band's first game-changing appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. 

For more info on the TV special visit http://www.grammy.com/news/performers-announced-for-beatles-special

We are honoured that The Beatles were recipients of The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, alongside a group of accomplished and exceptional individuals.

At the Grammy show in Los Angeles, Paul was joined on stage by Ringo Starr to perform his single 'Queenie Eye', taken from the 'NEW' album released last October.

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Celebrate 50 Years of Globe-Sweeping “Beatlemania” With 13 Albums Mastered for iTunes!

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The Beatles' U.S. albums collection and collection titles are available now exclusively on iTunes

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first U.S. visit and the band’s history-making debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” The U.S. Albums, a new 13-album collection spanning 1964’s Meet The Beatles! to 1970’s Hey Jude, is released January 21 by Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol.  

The Mastered for iTunes LP collection, including a 64-page booklet with Beatles photos and promotional art are available now exclusively on iTunes (www.iTunes.com/TheBeatles).  All of the Mastered for iTunes albums (with the exception of The Beatles’ Story, an audio documentary album) are also available now to order on iTunes.  

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LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE BEATLES!

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The Beatles' U.S. Albums Are Out Now!

Celebrate 50 Years of Globe-Sweeping “Beatlemania”​ with The U.S. Albums, a new 13CD Beatles collection spanning 1964’s Meet The Beatles! to 1970’s Hey Jude.  The albums have also been Mastered For iTunes and are available digitally from the iTunes Store. 

On February 7, 1964, The Beatles arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, greeted by scores of screaming, swooning fans who rushed the gate to catch a glimpse of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they took their first steps on American soil. Two nights later, on Sunday, February 9, 74 million viewers in the U.S. and millions more in Canada tuned in to CBS to watch The Beatles make their American television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” 

You can order the U.S. albums and the U.S. boxset from the official Beatles stores and from your local retailer:

US STORE  |  UK STORE  |  JAPAN STORE  |  BRAZIL STORE  |  YOUR LOCAL RETAILER  |  iTUNES

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Embed The Beatles On Air Radio!

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The Beatles On Air radio plays 14 clips of songs from the brand new album "On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2"!  Just click on the tuning buttons to start the playback.

You can embed the Beatles onto your own website or blog - in this news story, you can view the radio - just click on the embed link and copy the embed code.

You can also dedicate a song to someone - just use the Twitter hashtag #beatlesdedication and it will play along the radio players everywhere!

 

 

 

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Ringo's new book "Photograph"

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'We made some incredible music. It’s great how well it holds up. The songs are still relevant; the kids are listening to the music today. It worked. And there were many, many magic moments, when it really worked. When you’re together, the band is together and the audience is together, it creates a magic moment. It’s a spiritual moment.' Ringo Starr

We are running a mini-serialisation of Ringo's new book "Photograph" over the next week to show some of the incredible photographs that Ringo took during his life in The Beatles.

http://RingoPhotoBook.com/

The images are a unique perspective on his life and the band that could never be captured from the outside.

This first image was taken at Abbey Road studios in 1964. Find out more information about the book go to http://RingoPhotoBook.com/

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Imagine There’s No Hunger

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John Lennon's iconic song "Imagine" is the inspiration for helping hungry children around the world through the "Imagine There's No Hunger" campaign.  As part of John’s vision for a world free from hunger and in peace, Yoko Ono, WhyHunger, and Hard Rock International joined forces to ensure every child has the right to sustainable, nutritious food.  Throughout November and December 2013 fans can engage online via #imaginenohunger or by making a donation to receive limited edition merchandise at http://www.hardrock.com/imagine

Fans can also support the "Imagine" campaign and the work of WhyHunger with the purchase of a new interactive album app - hear rare and unreleased demos, intimately explore the creative collaboration behind the album and help fight world hunger and poverty. Available for download at iTunes on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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JOHN LENNON: THE BERMUDA TAPES

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JOHN LENNON: THE BERMUDA TAPES a pioneering, interactive album app for the iPad and iPhone is available now on the App Store with all net proceeds to benefit WhyHunger’s work to realize a world free of hunger and poverty.  Integrating excerpts of Lennon's demo tapes recorded in Bermuda with innovative game play and intimate documentary storytelling, John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes is a thrilling, unprecedented experience for music and technology fans alike. 

Available for download at iTunes on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

 

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Sir John Tavener

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Our thoughts are with the family of Sir John Tavener, who died yesterday at his home with his family.

He was Britain’s foremost classical composer, renowned for his both profoundly religious and inspirational secular works. 

Both John Lennon and Ringo Starr took an interest in John Tavener’s music.  His first major composition, the iconoclastic and ground-breaking The Whale, was premiered at the Proms in 1969 and was recorded by Apple Records the following year, followed by the release of the extraordinary Celtic Requiem, a piece for orchestra and children’s choir, in 1971.

Andy Davis wrote: "John Tavener’s The Whale and Celtic Requiem are two of the most extraordinary records ever issued, certainly on Apple Records, and most likely on any mainstream label. A bold claim, perhaps. But listen first and then decide." 

 

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'ON AIR: LIVE AT THE BBC VOL 2' IS OUT TODAY!

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'On Air: Live at the BBC Vol. 2' and its newly remastered predecessor, 'Live at the BBC' have hit the stores around the globe today!

'On Air' has received rave reviews from the press around the world.

The album includes 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter and conversation between the band's members and their BBC radio hosts.

"The in-studio dialogue is often as fascinating as the music." MOJO ****

On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2 is now available for pre-order via your local official Beatles Stores or your local retailer:

On CD  
Vinyl  
iTunes 

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The first ever live stream of She Loves You from Live at the BBC Vol 2!

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Exclusive to THEBEATLES.COM - the first ever live stream of She Loves You from Live at the BBC Vol 2! 

Listen to the full length track at thebeatles.com/onair

This version was taped for the fifth anniversary of Saturday Club on the 7 September 1963 at the BBC Playhouse Theatre, London. The Beatles’ biggest selling single in Britain spent twelve weeks in the Top Three, including two stints at number one. Post your feedback in the comments section here or on Facebook!

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The Beatles "On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2" Debuts Exclusively on iTunes

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THE BEATLES ‘ON AIR - LIVE AT THE BBC VOLUME 2’ AND ITS ACCLAIMED, REMASTERED PREDECESSOR, ‘LIVE AT THE BBC,’ AVAILABLE NOW FOR GLOBAL DIGITAL PRE-ORDER EXCLUSIVELY ON ITUNES 

The new companion to The Beatles’ first BBC collection, On Air – Live at the BBC  Volume 2, is available now for digital pre-order exclusively at iTunes/thebeatles.  On Air will be released on Monday, November 11; the Mastered for iTunes LP includes a 48-page booklet.  

On Air’s 63 tracks include 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings...

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Wouff Custom Beatles Products

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Featured product at the official European Beatles store - custom Beatles home furnishings by Woouf! Made to the highest quality and standards in Barcelona Spain. Order from the UK store 

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Limiited Edition Screenprints at the US Store

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Featured product at the official US Beatles store: limited edition screenprints by artist SHAG.

These prints bring to life the moment when "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band" explodes across 1968's kaleidoscopic masterpiece, "Yellow Submarine."

Numbered and signed by SHAG, 20" x 28" in size, and beautifully screen printed.

http://gnikn.us/15R1kWy

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The Beatles are on iTunes Radio!  

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19 September 2013

The Beatles are on iTunes Radio! "iTunes Radio is free streaming radio with the best selection of music. It builds and brings together stations you'll love from day one. And the more you listen, the more personalised your stations become. It's radio re-imagined." You can listen now if you are in the US: iTunes

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