John Lennon

  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. Beatles Go Downtown: Fab Four Classics Go to Indie Music Publisher (Exclusive)

    October 21, 2013 7:30 AM EDT The Beatles are going Downtown, or at least a small but important part of their early catalog is. In a just-announced deal with the estate of John Lennon, Downtown will now serve as U.S. administrator for the first two Beatles singles, which c ...

  3. John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes Interactive Album App to Launch

    September 23, 2013 11:25 AM EDT A new interactive album app called "John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes" will launch Nov. 5, exclusively through the iTunes App Store. Directed by filmmaker Michael Epstein, the app chronicles the legendary singer-songwriter's 1980 soj ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Exclusive: John Lennon, Yoko Ono Catalogs Sign With Downtown Music Publishing

    January 25, 2013 8:05 AM EST Downtown Music Publishing today announced the signing of publishing administration agreements for the U.S. with Lenono Music and Ono Music, home to the song catalogs of John Lennon and Yoko Ono respectively. Under the terms of the agreement, whi ...

  6. A Beatle's Last Hot 100 No. 1: 25 Years Ago Today

    January 16, 2013 4:31 PM EST     Twenty-five years ago today, a member of the Beatles topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the last time. On this date (Jan. 16) in 1988, George Harrison rose 2-1 on the survey with "Got My Mind Set on You," the first single from his albu ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Talking Rock Docs, a 'Niche Business' with 'Great Passion', at the Film & TV Music Conference

    October 25, 2012 3:15 PM EDT (L-R): Stephen Kessler, Director, "Paul Williams Still Alive", Robin Klein, Film Producer, "Charlie Is My Darling", Evan Saxon, Partner, D&E Entertainment, Morgan Neville, Documentary Filmmaker/Producer, Glen Zipper, Head o ...

  9. 6 Questions with DWIGHT YOAKAM

    September 13, 2012 12:40 PM EDT A new chapter, and yet a homecoming -- that's a dichotomy, to be sure, but it's also an accurate way to describe Dwight Yoakam's Sept. 18 release, "3 Pears". It's his first new album since 2007's "Dwight Sin ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Primary Wave Music Opens U.K. Office

    April 19, 2012 9:19 PM EDT Primary Wave Music is heading overseas. The publishing, marketing and talent management company announced Thursday it is expanding from offices in New York and Los Angeles and opening up shop in the United Kingdom. Industry veteran Clive Black wil ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 'Data Mining Music' SXSWi Panel Shows How Data Can Lead to Better Playlists, Recommendations -- With Hilarious Results

    March 12, 2012 11:37 AM EDT People have 10 million songs in the pockets: What happens next? Paul Lamere, director of developer platform at the Echo Nest, thinks "big data" is the solution to better listening experiences, recommendations and playlist creation. " ...

  15. Paul McCartney To Debut New Songs On iTunes Streaming

    February 09, 2012 7:46 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Paul McCartney will debut the songs from his new album "Kisses on the Bottom" in a free live streaming performance on iTunes. The performance takes place at 10 p.m. EST Thursday from Capitol Studios in Los Angeles where m ...

  16. Paul McCartney Titles Pulled from Subscription Services

    February 08, 2012 3:14 PM EST Another legacy artist's music is unavailable for streaming after the Concord Music Group/Hear Music catalog of Paul McCartney was ordered removed from subscription services. The news was first reported at Digital Music News . The takedown aff ...

  17. 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" ...

  18. Gil Scott-Heron Memoir Due in January

    December 16, 2011 9:10 AM EST The memoir of influential musician Gil Scott-Heron will be published on Jan. 16, 2012, The Wire reports. The posthumous text is titled "The Last Holiday" and will be released by Canongate. The date, which coincides with Martin Luther Kin ...

  19. Exclusive: Yoko Ono to Introduce Flaming Lips' Steve Jobs Tribute at MTV's O Music Awards

    October 29, 2011 1:32 PM EDT MTV is upping the Apple factor at its O Music Awards with a plan to have Yoko Ono introduce the Flaming Lips' musical tribute to Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs. Ono, the window of Beatle John Lennon, will speak about her late husband an ...

  20. 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' ...

  21. '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." ...

  22. 'Songs for Japan' Album Raises $5 Million for Earthquake and Tsunami Relief

    May 04, 2011 10:46 AM EDT A charity album featuring hits from the likes of Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan and Madonna has raised $5 million for the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the record labels involved said on Wednesday. The album "Songs For Japan," a ...

  23. John Lennon's 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' Lyrics on Auction Block

    April 14, 2011 7:48 AM EDT John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for the song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" are up for auction, in the latest episode for a storied Beatles classic. Auction house Profiles in History said on Wednesday that it expects the draft lyr ...

  24. First Book of John Lennon Letters To Be Published

    April 08, 2011 4:56 PM EDT Yoko Ono has granted permission for the first collection of letters by John Lennon to be published, publisher Little, Brown and Company said on Friday. The book, titled "The Lennon Letters," will be published in October, 2012 and include ...

  25. 'Songs For Japan' Tops iTunes Charts in 18 Nations

    March 29, 2011 8:50 AM EDT "Songs for Japan," the charity album released to raise funds for disaster relief after Japan was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami this month, has rocketed to the top of iTunes charts in 18 nations and is on track to make a top fiv ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Lennon's White 'Abbey Road' Suit Sells for $46,000

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST The white two-piece suit John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album has been sold at auction in Connecticut for $46,000. The suit and other Beatles memorabilia were sold Saturday at the Braswell Galleries' ...

  28. BACKBEAT: OH YOKO

    January 01, 2011 12:49 PM EST Click through for a roundup of photos from Yoko Ono's visit to Billboard's New York offices The Legendary Yoko Ono stopped by Billboard's New York offices on Dec. 15 to receive a plaque commemorating her fifth consecutive No. 1 song ...

  29. Yoko: John Lennon 'Would Have Loved' Lady Gaga, Facebook

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Yoko Ono believes that John Lennon "would love the way the world has changed," from its new pop superstars to the digital revolution, if he were still alive today. In a new interview with the U.K.'s Daily Mail , the veteran artist a ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Web Trends: Taylor Swift, MC Hammer, Yoko Ono and more

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): 19. Back to December Lyrics "Back to December" is the name of the newest Taylor Swift track to be debuted from her upcoming album, "Speak Now." Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. Our 25 Favorite Lyri ...

  35. Web Trends: Miley Cyrus, Michael Jackson, Rage Against The Machine and more

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): 12. "Who Owns My Heart" video "Who Owns My Heart" is a new video from Miley Cyrus. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. Four Bands That Need to Break Up 2. Michael Jackson Scarecrows Pop Up In Taiwan 3 ...

  36. Billboard.biz Interview: Julian Lennon

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Billboard caught up with Julian Lennon to chat about his father's legacy, he was scrambling to get things in order so he could exit the U.S. in time to be in compliance with his visa. The situation harkens back to how times have changed ...

  37. The Legacy of John Lennon

    September 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Lennon Legacy BY THOM DUFFY There are places we remember, all our lives, though some have changed. The Billboard Q&A: Yoko Ono BY GARY GRAFF Time has been good to Yoko Ono. Once derided by fans as a divisive force in the Beatles universe, ...

  38. Rock Hall Celebrates John Lennon's Birthday

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday with a weekend-long homage to the Beatles. The Rock Hall, in Cleveland, will honor Lennon's life in a series of events from Oct. 8 through Oct ...

  39. Tribute Concert Planned For Lennon's 70th Birthday

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT John Lennon's 70th birthday is Oct. 9, but the celebrations will go on after that. An all-star benefit concert in honor of the former Beatle is scheduled in November with a lineup that includes Jackson Browne, Patti Smith and Cyndi Lauper. Th ...

  40. John Lennon's Killer Is Again Denied Parole

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT John Lennon's killer was again denied parole in New York, nearly 30 years after gunning down the ex-Beatle outside the musician's New York City apartment building. A parole board decided not to release Mark David Chapman after interviewi ...

  41. John Lennon's Killer Up For Parole Again

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT John Lennon's killer is again up for parole in New York. Mark David Chapman is scheduled to be interviewed at the Attica Correctional Facility this week. The interview could be as early as Tuesday (Sept. 7). It will be the sixth try at freedo ...

  42. Ono To Mark John Lennon's 70th Birthday In Iceland

    August 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yoko Ono is planning a series of events in Iceland to mark what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday. The artist and peace campaigner will light the Imagine Peace Tower illuminated memorial, located on the island of Vioey near Icelandi ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Beatles, iTunes Deal Still At Impasse

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Don't hold your breath waiting for Beatles songs to go on sale at iTunes or other online retailers, says Yoko Ono. The Fab Four have long resisted the allure of digital downloads, instead selling millions of old-fashioned compact discs last y ...

  45. Business Matters: BMI, John Lennon, Foursquare, Lilith and more

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT INTERIM FEE AGREED ON -- BMI and the Radio Music License Committee have agreed on an interim fee starting August 1 that will reduce the radio industry’s fee to $192 million from $217 million. BMI had previously agreed to the lower fee (reduced 7% ...

  46. Music Seminar With Living Legends To Feature Yoko Ono

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Advertising agency Grey New York has announced that its fourth annual Music Seminar with Living Legends will feature Yoko Ono on Friday, June 25, at the Debussy, in Cannes, France. The event will be part of the 57th Cannes Lions International Adve ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Lennon's 'Day In The Life' Lyrics Up For Auction

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT John Lennon 's handwritten lyrics to "A Day in the Life," considered one of the Beatles' greatest songs and the final track on "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," will go on sale in New York in June. Sotheby ...

  50. 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 ...

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