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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 »

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 »

Billboard Names Greatest Album of All Time

Sorry, Julie Andrews

(Newser) - Attention, everyone: We can finally stop arguing about The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones, Wu-Tang Clan vs. A Tribe Called Quest, GWAR vs. Michael Bolton. That's because Billboard has finally named the objective, indisputable greatest album of all time: Adele's 21. To reach that conclusion, Billboard awarded points... More »

One Direction Kills a Beatles Record

Sigh

(Newser) - Time to be depressed, baby boomers: One Direction has officially overtaken a long-standing Beatles record. The current-day boy band's new single, "Perfect," debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, the fifth time a 1D song has done so—putting One Direction ahead of the... More »

Keith Richards: Sgt. Pepper Was 'Mishmash of Rubbish'

Much like Satanic Majesties , he says

(Newser) - Surviving members of the Beatles, you now have beef with the Rolling Stones—or at least with Keith Richards, who disses 1967's landmark Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in an interview with Esquire .
  • "The Beatles sounded great when they were the Beatles," he says. "
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Paul Says Beatles Forgot 'Dozens' of Songs They Wrote

Lack of recording devices meant they sometimes forgot tunes by morning

(Newser) - Maybe the reason the Beatles advised their fans "You know my name, look up the number" is because they couldn't remember the number. Or "dozens" of Beatles songs that apparently never saw the light of day, according to an interview Paul McCartney recently gave to the London ... More »

Cynthia Lennon, John's Ex, Has Died

A statement from her rep says she had a 'short but brave' battle with cancer

(Newser) - Cynthia Lennon, who was Cynthia Powell before she married John Lennon in 1962, has died. She was 75. Fox News reports that Cynthia's son Julian Lennon confirmed the news, and Billboard has this statement from her rep: "Cynthia Lennon passed away today at her home in Mallorca, Spain... More »

Housekeeper's Letter Reveals Lennon's Dark Side

She says he was cheating husband, bullying father

(Newser) - When the Beatles were soaring in popularity, the John Lennon that the world didn't see was a lousy husband and father, according to newly unearthed divorce papers. In a letter to lawyers in 1968, the Lennons' housekeeper, Dorothy Jarlett, described how the atmosphere in the house became increasingly tense... More »

John Lennon's Killer: 'Sorry for Being Such an Idiot'

Transcript of Mark David Chapman's parole plea is released

(Newser) - The man who killed John Lennon got turned down for parole yet again earlier this month, but at least Mark David Chapman seems to realize that he acted like "an idiot" on that December day in 1980, reports the Journal News . A newly released transcript of his parole hearing... More »

What Bieber, the Beatles Share in Common

Canadian singer and classic band like the same rhymes

(Newser) - Think the Beatles and Justin Bieber have nothing in common? Not so: They each used do/you more than any other rhyme, which isn't so odd considering that Madonna, Prince, Kanye West, Bob Dylan, and most other top-selling pop musicians between 1960 and 2013 favored it too, reports Slate . According... More »

Coming to iTunes: 59 Beatles Rarities

Studio outtakes, live performances in 'new' batch

(Newser) - It took years for the Beatles to arrive on iTunes—but a treat for Fab Four fans could help make up for the wait. Fifty-nine rare tracks will arrive today, a mix of live BBC performances, demos, and studio outtakes. Previously, the recordings were only available as bootlegs, the Guardian... More »

Man Thinks He Solved Ringo Starr Photo Mystery

Kenneth Kolpan says they were classmates, but none have come forward

(Newser) - With the search on for five kids immortalized in a photo snapped by Ringo Starr in 1964, one man has come forward to say the Beatle may have just mixed up his cities: Kenneth Kolpan believes the photo was taken in New York City, not Miami . Kolpan tells the Miami ... More »

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