George Harrison

  1. The Beatles to Get CBS Grammy Special

    November 14, 2013 1:22 PM EST The Beatles are getting a two-hour special on CBS. "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles," which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's U.S. debut performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" ...

  2. Beatlemania Revisited in 'Good Ol' Freda,' Documentary on the Beatles' Secretary, at SXSW

    March 09, 2013 9:43 PM EST "Good Ol' Freda" director Ryan White and producer Kathy McCabe, right, flank Freda Kelly, the Beatles secretary from 1962 to 1973, prior to the world premiere of the film Saturday at SXSW. (Photo: Phil Gallo) After doing the im ...

  3. Chart Moves: Beatles For Sale on Billboard 200, Kelly Clarkson's 'Stronger' LP Hits 1 Million Sales

    December 28, 2012 4:14 PM EST It was a familiar story at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this past week, where Taylor Swift's "Red" held atop the chart for a sixth nonconsecutive stanza. The singer's album moved another 276,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundS ...

  4. Ravi Shankar - Idol of George Harrison, Estranged Father of Norah Jones - Dead at 92

    December 11, 2012 11:43 PM EST Ravi Shankar, the sitar virtuoso who became a hippie musical icon of the 1960s after hobnobbing with the Beatles and who introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over an eight-decade career, has died. He was 92. The prime minister& ...

  5. Slow Sales Start August, Big Guns Next Week

    August 02, 2012 4:05 PM EDT As so few major new albums were released last week, there wasn't much competition for the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. In turn, Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" returns to the top for a second week, rising 2-1 with 48,000 sold, a ...

  6. The 'Mad Men' Beatles License Cost $250,000 (Report)

    May 07, 2012 7:05 PM EDT AMC's "Mad Men" has a hard-earned reputation for historical accuracy, and it turns out that production studio Lionsgate is more than willing to finance that. In last night's episode, titled "Lady Lazarus," star ad man ...

  7. The Beatles Occupy the Entire Top 5 on Billboard Hot 100: 48 Years Ago Today

    April 04, 2012 1:10 PM EDT On the Billboard Hot 100 dated 48 years ago today - April 4, 1964 - the Beatles made history as the only act ever to monopolize the chart's top five positions. With a 27-1 second-week blast to the top for "Can't Buy Me Love," t ...

  8. Abbey Road Studios, Fairmont Hotels Partner for Music-Themed Lodging 'Experience'

    January 17, 2012 7:30 AM EST Fairmont, the luxury hotel chain which operates 18 properties around the world, including New York's Plaza Hotel, has partnered with Abbey Road Studios, the recording studio made famous by the Beatles, to offer a "once-in-a-lifetime" ...

  9. Beatles Online Film Short Backs U.K.'s Music Matters Anti-Piracy Campaign (Watch)

    August 18, 2011 8:17 AM EDT LONDON - The Beatles are up for the fight against pirates. The estate of iconic British band has pledged its support for the anti-piracy campaign Music Matters by sanctioning a special animated short film set to their recordings. The Beatles' ...

  10. Martin Scorsese's George Harrison Documentary Acquired by HBO for North America

    July 13, 2011 3:47 PM EDT HBO has acquired the North American TV rights to Martin Scorsese's "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" and will air the documentary in two parts on Oct. 5 and 6. In the film, Scorsese traces Harrison's life from his ...

  11. 'Fifth Beatle' Biopic Secures Funding, Music Rights

    June 08, 2011 10:02 AM EDT Stage producer Vivek Tiwary (The Addams Family, American Idiot) has landed unprecedented rights to Beatles songs for his debut film, "The Fifth Beatle," about manager Brian Epstein, whom Paul McCartney called the "fifth Beatle." ...

  12. BlueBeat.com to Pay EMI Nearly $1 Million for Illegally Selling Beatles Hits

    March 29, 2011 8:10 AM EDT A website that sold Beatles songs online for 25 cents apiece before they became legally available has agreed to pay record companies nearly $1 million to settle a federal lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Josephine Staton Tucker signed off on the settl ...

  13. Ringo Starr: The Phone App?

    February 02, 2011 6:00 AM EST Ringo Starr the avatar can already be seen in the video game The Beatles: Rock Band. Now the Fab Four's drummer wants to trademark his name for future use in "computer game software" and "games via the Internet and wireless dev ...

  14. Peter Asher: Long Wait for Beatles on iTunes Was 'Silly'

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST In the 50 years that Peter Asher has been involved in the entertainment industry, he's worn every hat imaginable -- from child actor in his native England to artist as one-half of the '60s duo Peter and Gordon, he later transitioned to A ...

  15. Business Matters: EMI, The Beatles, Rhapsody, Girl Talk and more

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. EMI: Beatles Exclusive With iTunes Into 2011 -- EMI says the Beatles "are exclusive with iTunes into 2011." Taken literally, that could mean the exclusive ends in about six weeks. In any ...

  16. Beatles Arrival at iTunes Prompts Mixed Web Reaction

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST It wasn’t exactly an appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” but the Beatles’ debut at iTunes made waves on Tuesday. The news brought out commentary all across the Internet, much of it negative. Many people dismissed the value of adding vintage -- a ...

  17. Best Bet: Apple To Announce Addition of Beatles Catalog to iTunes

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The smart money on tomorrow's mysterious iTunes announcement is that Apple will finally be adding the Beatles catalog to the digital music store. That's not fully confirmed, but after a day of phone calls, e-mails and cryptic messages, B ...

  18. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Ghostly Songs' Jeremy Peters

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Jeremy Peters Title: Director of Creative and Business Affairs, Ghostly Songs Panel: Sept. 15, 1:30 p.m. panel: Help Me Master: Legal Eagles Talk About Master Recordings and Publishing To register for our Music & Advertising conference i ...

  19. Phil Spector Denied Wearing A Wig

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One of Phil Spector's sons has praised a documentary that depicts the convicted homicidal music producer as a sociopath and a narcissist. The film, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector," is based on a three and a half hour int ...

  20. McCartney Says EMI Keeping Beatles Off iTunes

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT According to Paul McCartney, EMI Music is the reason there's no Beatles music for sale on iTunes . "It's been business hassles, not with us, or iTunes," he told BBC Newsbeat . "It's the people in the middle, the recor ...

  21. Beatles 1966 Press Conference Tapes For Auction In L.A.

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The only known audio recording of a 1966 Beatles press conference, in which John Lennon is grilled about saying the band was more popular than Jesus, is expected to sell for about $20,000 at auction in June. Auction house Bonhams & Butterfield ...

  22. Ringo Starr Honored With Walk of Fame Star

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST A star for former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday evening during a whimsical ceremony that also marked the 50th anniversary of the sidewalk attraction's groundbreaking. Starr's name was the 2,40 ...

  23. EMI Wins Temporary Injunction Against BlueBeat

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST EMI Music has won an injunction against a small digital music retailer that has been selling digital downloads of the Beatles catalog at bargain prices. According to a court order, the company—BlueBeat Inc.—must immediately stop selling not only t ...

  24. Will The Beatles Make It To The Rock Gaming Hall Of Fame?

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Few can question the legacy The Beatles left on the music world in the 20th century, but will millennial video gamers (most born long after the band’s split 40 years ago) be abuzz with Beatlemania? Looking at Nielsen’s Video Game Tracking data 3 m ...

  25. Beatles Re-mastered CDs, Videogame Launched

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fans of the Beatles queued on Wednesday to buy the band's collected works on a new set of discs and get their hands on an animated video game featuring some of the Fab Four's greatest hits. The Beatles collection, launched worldwide on 0 ...

  26. 7-Eleven, Whole Foods Come Together for Fab 4

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Beatles will get a little help from new corporate friends on Sept. 9 when EMI Music embarks on the global launch of its digitally remastered Beatles catalog on CD to coincide with the release of videogame The Beatles: Rock Band. It will be har ...

  27. Retailers Look To EMI Beatles Reissues To Boost Sales

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music's hotly anticipated Sept. 9 release of the remastered Beatles catalog promises to clear away some of the thickening clouds hanging over the gloomy music retail market. But even brisk sales of the Fab Four's classic titles have ...

  28. 'The Beatles: Rock Band' Songs Unveiled

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A list of 19 songs by the Beatles including classics "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" and "A Hard Day's Night" for a new "Rock Band" video game were revealed Tuesday, leaving only one mystery title remaining. Othe ...

  29. BBC Beatles Doc Uncovers New Outtakes

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The BBC is to broadcast never-before-aired outtakes and conversations from the Beatles' final Abbey Road recording sessions as part of a weeklong tribute to the band to be aired on terrestrial Web BBC2 and arts channel BBC4 in September. Narr ...

  30. Beatles Unveil 'Rock Band' Details At E3

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The surviving members of the Beatles unveiled new details about their upcoming "Rock Band" videogame at the E3 videogame conference in Los Angeles. Joined by Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr disclosed 1 ...

  31. Spector Gets 19 Years To Life For Clarkson's Death

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Six years ago, Phil Spector was barely a blip on the American celebrity radar screen. Although his music lived on, his name and face were only dimly recalled by rock music aficionados until a shooting at his Alhambra mansion propelled him to notor ...

  32. McCartney, Morrissey, Cohen Kick Off Coachella

    April 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The 10th annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival got off to a fab start Friday (April 17), thanks to Sir Paul McCartney, who headlined the event with a marathon performance worthy of his long and lauded musical legacy. Proving himself the ...

  33. Phil Spector Guilty Of 2nd Degree Murder

    April 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rock music producer Phil Spector was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion six years ago. A Superior Court jury returned the verdict after an estimated 29 to 30 hours of deliberation ...

  34. Digital Briefs: Beatles To Launch Digital Service?

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - George Harrison's son Dhani Harrison says Apple Corps is considering establishing its own digital download service to sell the Beatles catalog rather than license through iTunes. - AT&T is now offering iPhones without the required two-y ...

  35. The Beatles To Finally Go Digital With 'Rock Band'

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Beatles will finally go digital on Sept. 9 with the release of the Fab Four edition of the popular "Rock Band" video game. In a joint statement Thursday (March 5), the Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd., Harmonic and MTV Games said that ...

  36. Beatles Music Podcast Pulled

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Norwegian national broadcaster NRK has pulled a series of 212 podcasts each featuring a different song by the Beatles, citing a breach of its rights agreement. It would have meant the entire Beatles back catalog was available free online. Although ...

  37. Guitarist Delaney Bramlett Dies In L.A.

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rock guitarist Delaney Bramlett, who collaborated with such artists as George Harrison and Eric Clapton, died in a Los Angeles hospital following gallbladder surgery. He was 69. His wife, Susan Lanier-Bramlett, said he died on Saturday after " ...

  38. McCartney Hopes To Release Beatles Track

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Paul McCartney says it's time an experimental Beatles track saw the light of day. McCartney says he wants to release "Carnival of Light," a 14-minute experimental track the Fab Four recorded in 1967 but never released. The band play ...

  39. Beatles Reel-To-Reel Tape Sells For $23K

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A newly discovered tape of the Beatles laughing and chatting during an early recording session has sold for about $23,000. Cameo Auctioneers said the reel-to-reel tape was recorded in 1964 and had recently been discovered by a man in northern Engl ...

  40. Newly Discovered Beatles Tape Up For Sale

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A tape recording of The Beatles chatting and breaking into giggles during an early recording session is to be sold next week in England. Cameo Auctioneers said Thursday that the reel-to-reel tape was recorded in 1964 and was recently found by a ma ...

  41. A Day In The Life To Commemorate The Beatles

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Liverpool will host a day of celebrations July 10 in honor of the city's favorite sons, the Beatles. Intended as a 24-hour celebration of the Fab Four, the Beatles Day program will include a number of special events taking place throughout th ...

  42. Apple Corps Sues To Stop Beatles Release

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Apple Corps and Apple Records have just filed a federal lawsuit in Miami in an attempt to stop bootleg recordings from the Star-Club in Germany from being released to the public, Billboard.biz has learned. One of the defendants, Jeffrey Collins, t ...

  43. Apple Inc. Downplays Beatles 'Speculation'

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc has dismissed claims in the U.K. press that the Beatles catalog is about to be made available online through the computer giant's iTunes Music Store as "unsubstantiated speculation." Reports on Friday suggested that un-nam ...

  44. Miami Indie Lays Claim To Early Beatles Tracks

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST An independent Miami label says it plans to release never-before-heard Beatles live recordings made in 1962 at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany. Fuego Entertainment, which distributes music through Koch, has entered into a joint venture, Echo-Fue ...

  45. The Beatles For Sale

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST It's perfectly legal, but it will still seem to some listeners like the sound of someone making off with England's crown jewels. On Wu-Tang Clan's new single "The Heart Gently Weeps," a Santana-style rock guitar opening gi ...

  46. George Harrison Catalog Goes Digital

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A sizable chunk of George Harrison's catalog made its digital debut yesterday (Oct. 9), with the iTunes versions of his albums including exclusive bonus tracks. Harrison's catalog was the last of the four Beatles' to go digital; the ...

  47. Exclusive: McCartney Goes Digital, Beatles 'Virtually Settled'

    May 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Read the exclusive Billboard Q&A with Paul McCartney in the May 19 issue of Billboard, on stands Saturday, May 12 . Paul McCartney's new album, "Memory Almost Full," will be his first solo release available for download and stre ...

  48. Aspinall Splits Apple Corps

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple Corps Ltd., the Beatles' company, has appointed Jeff Jones as chief executive officer after the departure of long-standing CEO Neil Aspinall. Jones joins Apple Corps Ltd. from Legacy Recordings/Sony BMG Catalog Worldwide, where he was e ...

  49. Traveling Wilburys Reborn

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After being out of print for more than a decade, the two studio albums from all-star band the Traveling Wilburys will return to the marketplace in a variety of formats June 12 via Wilbury Records/Rhino, Billboard.biz has learned. "Traveling W ...

  50. Wippit Strikes Deal For Beatles Footage

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. digital download service Wippit will offer rare footage documenting the rise of the Beatles as part a new deal forged with archive specialist ITN Source. Through the international agreement, unveiled today, content from content providers Brit ...

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