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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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"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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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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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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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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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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