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Charity's 'Hidden Treasure': Slightly Warped Beatles' Demo

Auction of 'Love Me Do' demo from 1962 closes Wednesday

(Newser) - In 1962, 250 demos of the Beatles' debut single were sent to radio stations. Nearly 60 years and 600 million album sales later, one of those turned up at a charity store operated by the British Heart Foundation, which will bring in at least $7,400 from its sale. "... More »

Stolen Magazine With the Beatles Back After 50 Years

The Ohio public library gets a nice surprise

(Newser) - An Ohio library says a 1968 copy of Life magazine with the Beatles on the cover has been returned by a borrower who apologized for stealing it as a "kid" and sent $100 to cover late fees, the AP reports. The Cuyahoga County Public Library says it received the... More »

'Inconceivably Smooth' Whisky Comes at a Price

Bottle of Macallan 1926 expected to fetch up to $923K at auction

(Newser) - Only 40 bottles of Macallan 1926 whisky were produced in 1986. Of those, 12 featured a label designed by Sir Peter Blake, one of the artists who created the cover art for The Beatles' 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, per Vox . The ultra-rare bottle could now... More »

Beatles Came to Japan Once. The Footage Remains Sealed

Fans had wanted video of historic 1966 Beatles visit released uncensored

(Newser) - Some Beatles superfans are likely not feeling fine after a decision by Japan's Supreme Court regarding 50-year-old footage of the Fab Four from when they visited the Land of the Rising Sun. AFP reports that Beatles buffs from Nagoya had tried to get their hands on a 35-minute reel... More »

Drake Just Broke an Old Beatles Record

He notches his 12th top-10 hit of the year

(Newser) - Drake is averaging more than one top-10 hit per month in 2018, and his remarkable roll just allowed him to surpass a long-standing milestone of the Beatles. Drake just notched his 12th top 10 in a single year, beating the 11 put up by the Beatles in 1964, reports Billboard ... More »

Paul McCartney: I Got High, 'Saw God'

'That moment didn’t turn my life around, but it was a clue'

(Newser) - Former Beatle Paul McCartney believes he once saw God during a psychedelic trip. The 76-year-old star told the Sunday Times (paywall) that he was "humbled" by the experience. He said that "it was huge. A massive wall that I couldn't see the top of, and I was... More »

Unseen Beatles Photos Fetch Big Price at Auction

Over 350 unseen photos sold for nearly $358K

(Newser) - The Beatles still have it. The Guardian reports that over 350 never-before-seen photos of the band have sold for a whopping $357,936 (give or take a few dollars in the exchange rate) at auction in the UK. The photos were taken by 18-year-old Mike Mitchell in 1964 during The... More »

Ex-Beatle's New Title: 'Sir Ringo'

Ringo Starr, Bee Gee Barry Gibb to be knighted by the queen

(Newser) - A Beatle and a Bee Gee are among the celebrated citizens who've been selected for knighthood and other awards given in the name of Britain's monarch. Britain's Cabinet Office publishes a list of people receiving honors for merit, service, or bravery twice a year: just before New... More »

Stolen Trove of John Lennon Items Found at Auction House

Yoko Ono's former driver is a suspect

(Newser) - Yoko Ono is going to be reunited with a trove of John Lennon memorabilia that apparently took a long and winding road after being stolen from her New York home in 2006. Police in Germany say they have recovered more than 100 items, including diaries, glasses, and sheet music, many... More »

Paul McCartney Wants His Beatles Songs Back

He wants rights returned to him by next year

(Newser) - Sony currently holds the copyright to part of the Beatles catalog, including such hits as "Love Me Do" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand"—but Paul McCartney is suing to get the songs back. Per TMZ , the songs in question are the ones Michael Jackson once... More »

John Lennon's Angry Letter to Paul McCartney Up for Auction

Circa 1971 letter expected to sell at auction for more than $20K

(Newser) - A circa 1971 letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney illustrates how strained relations were between the Beatles after Lennon left the band. The letter, which is up for auction in Boston , is a response to a missive from Linda and Paul McCartney that apparently didn't impress Lennon much.... More »

Paul McCartney Died 50 Years Ago This Week

At least according to one of the craziest conspiracy theories in music history

(Newser) - Wednesday was the 50th anniversary of Paul McCartney's death—at least according to what Inverse calls "the original crazy fan theory." The conspiracy theory appears to have started with an anonymous call to a radio DJ in 1969, a month after the Beatles had officially broken up.... More »

Phil Collins Reveals Why He Doesn't Like Paul McCartney

It dates back to 2002

(Newser) - Paul McCartney made a bad first impression on Phil Collins that has never faded. The two met at a Buckingham Palace party in 2002, and Collins asked McCartney to sign his first-edition copy of The Beatles by Hunter Davies ." And he said, 'Oh, Heather [Mills, his then-wife], our... More »

Robots Try to Write a Beatles Song, Kind of Pull It Off

Come together, artificial intelligence and humans

(Newser) - There'll never be a bona fide Beatles reunion, but scientists at Sony's CSL research lab have come up with an alternative: a song written by artificial intelligence that sounds like something that could've been penned by the Fab Four, TNW reports. Quartz calls "Daddy's Car,... More »

Rihanna Ties Beatles Record

She rules the charts for a 59th week

(Newser) - Rihannamania is on the verge of overtaking Beatlemania, according to the latest Billboard chart. Her latest hit, "Work," featuring Drake, has topped the Hot 100 for an eighth week, giving her a total of 59 weeks at No. 1, matching the Fab Four for the second-most weeks at... More »

The 'Fifth Beatle' Is Dead at 90

George Martin played huge role in band's historic transformation

(Newser) - George Martin, the producer who guided, assisted, and stood aside through the Beatles' swift, historic transformation from rowdy club act to musical and cultural revolutionaries, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, his management says, per the AP . He was 90. Too modest to call himself the "Fifth Beatle,... More »

7 Best Lines From Yoko Ono's Awesome Us List

Admit it, you always wondered whether she liked the Dougie or krumping better

(Newser) - Jezebel is calling it "the Best-Ever Us Weekly '25 Things.'" The Frisky calls it "f---ing perfect." Vulture calls it "the Most Yoko Ono Listicle Ever." Yes, Yoko Ono's contribution to Us Weekly's recurring feature, "25 Things You Don'... More »

2 More ISIS 'Beatles' IDed as Londoners

Alexanda Kotey, Aine Davis were part of cruel ISIS cell with 'Jihadi John': reports

(Newser) - A Londoner has been identified as part of an Islamic State cell—along with the late Mohammed Emwazi (aka "Jihadi John" )—that oversaw the beheadings of Western hostages in Syria, per a joint investigation by the Washington Post and BuzzFeed . Emwazi and Alexanda Kotey, 32, were part of... More »

The World Has a Favorite Beatles Song

It's 'Come Together,' based on Spotify streaming

(Newser) - Beatles fans have been able to stream the band's catalog since Christmas Eve, and early numbers from Spotify suggest a clear favorite: "Come Together." That song tops both the American and global lists based on the first two days of streaming, reports Rolling Stone . The US results:... More »

You Can Now Stream the Beatles. That Sucks for Some

All 13 albums available on 9 services, including Spotify

(Newser) - Christmas has come a day early for Beatles fans: All of the band's 13 studio albums went live on nine music streaming services—including Spotify, Amazon Prime, and Apple Music—at midnight on Thursday, reports Rolling Stone . Terms of the deal haven't been released, but a music industry... More »

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