The Beatles

  1. Why Songwriters (and Indie Publishers) Need the PROs

    July 29, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Council of Music Creators' Phil Galdston, Maria Schneider & David Wolfert explain the dangers of withdrawing from the PROs. Are music publishers using the issue of low royalty payments from digital users [Spotify, Pandora, et al.] as ...

  2. 'The Beatles: The Night That Changed America' Scores Six Emmy Nods

    July 10, 2014 2:11 PM EDT "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America," the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," received six Emmy Awards nominations Thursday morning. The special, pro ...

  3. Brian Epstein, Sage of the Beatles' Early Career, Receives Blue Plaque Honor in London

    June 30, 2014 9:28 AM EDT One of pop music's most famous businessman is honored in London. A Blue Plaque was unveiled yesterday (Sunday), by U.K. body the Heritage Foundation, in honor of former Beatles manager Brian Epstein, on the site that housed the London offices ...

  4. Beatles Mono LPs, with Delicate Remastering, Are 'Mandatory Listening,' According to Capitol

    June 26, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Five years after the Beatles' mono recordings were released on CD, Capitol Records and Universal Music are fostering the notion that to hear the Beatles music the way John, Paul, George and Ringo  did in the 1960s, a mono LP is mandatory li ...

  5. 'Like a Rolling Stone' Brings $2M at Auction (Update)

    June 24, 2014 1:48 PM EDT UPDATE: According to a tweet from the Associated Press , "Like a Rolling Stone" sold for $2 million. Sotheby's called it a record for a pop manuscript.  One of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rollin ...

  6. NBC's Beatles Series Tripped Up Over Music Rights, Competing Project

    June 20, 2014 1:08 PM EDT News leaked June 13 that NBC has a team developing an eight-part mini-series on The Beatles . At the outset, it has two big challenges: no music rights and a competing project at Sony Pictures Television. Marty Bandier, chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV Mu ...

  7. The Beatles Catalogue to Get Mono Reissue

    June 16, 2014 9:57 PM EDT The original studio albums have been re-mastered at Abbey Road from analog masters for vinyl release, Sept. 9, in U.S., Sept. 8 around the world. Many purists will tell you mono is the only way to hear The Beatles' music the way it was meant ...

  8. Heads of RCA, Republic, Atlantic, More Talk Regrets, Data vs. Heart, Austin Mahone Syndrome at New Music Seminar

    June 11, 2014 11:10 AM EDT “You would be amazed by how many people at some very high levels who are managing some very good acts who really don’t know shit," said president and COO of RCA Records Tom Corson Monday at a freewheeling New Music Seminar panel entitled “Lab ...

  9. Take That Members Face Huge Bill For Tax-Avoidance Scheme

    May 12, 2014 12:34 AM EDT Take That is in trouble with the taxman.  Members of the British boyband face having to pay back tens of millions of pounds after a U.K. tribunal ruled that they and others took part in a mass-scale tax avoidance scheme. A judge has ruled that Gar ...

  10. The 10 Most Controversial Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Moments (Plus Two)

    April 10, 2014 11:44 AM EDT With its lack of transparent voting and occasionally odd subjective induction criteria, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has seen its fair share of controversy in its 31 years of existence. This year's class features a good amount of drama, wit ...

  11. Morning Fix: 'Frozen''s 'Let It Go' Wins Best Song Oscar; Martin Bandier on Oscars' 'Dumb Rule' (Q&A); Pharrell's 'Happy' Breaks Records; Ellen's Selfie Sets Twitter Record

    March 03, 2014 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE 'FROZEN''S 'LET IT GO' WINS BEST SONG OSCAR, GIVES ROBERT LOPEZ THE EGOT Robert Lopez became the latest member of the EGOT family, adding an Oscar to his three Tonys, two Em ...

  12. Chart Moves: Bruno Mars' 'Jukebox' Hits 2 Million Sales, 'Wicked' Album Logs Big Week for Broadway

    February 21, 2014 10:54 AM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Eric Church scored his second No. 1 album , as "The Outsiders" sold 288,000 copies in the week ending February 16. It was the only debut within the top 10, as the next-highest debut belongs to ...

  13. Chris Nilsson Appointed President of 10th Street Entertainment

    February 12, 2014 1:12 AM EST Chris Nilsson has been named president of 10th Street Entertainment, the company that's home to a variety of Motley Crue business ventures. Nilsson started at 10th Street seven years ago and was named Chief Marketing Officer in 2009. 10th Str ...

  14. From the Billboard Archives 2/15/64: Beatlemania Sweeps the Nation

    February 10, 2014 4:41 PM EST Six days after the Beatles' defining performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on February 9, 1964, Billboard was on red alert for all things Beatlemania, publishing its February 15th issue with no less than six stories on the fully eng ...

  15. The Beatles Celebrated on 'Night That Changed America' 50 Years After Ed Sullivan: TV Review

    February 08, 2014 5:57 PM EST 1 1.037 k 30 3 The Beatles' arrival 50 years ago Feb. 9 in black and white is celebrated in musical hues of tangerine, yellow and green on "The Night That Changed America" special that airs Sunday on CBS. History weaves in and around materi ...

  16. Record Labels Seek to Punish SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Music

    February 06, 2014 8:09 PM EST A lawsuit brought by record labels -- Sony, Universal, Warner and ABKCO* -- against SiriusXM has barely begun, and yet the case is skipping ahead to the issue of jury instruction. This is a dispute that is four decades in the making, ever since s ...

  17. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr Returning to Ed Sullivan Theater

    January 28, 2014 2:28 PM EST Paul McCartney is scheduled to be in New York for the Super Bowl and if all goes according to schedule, he and Ringo Starr will make their way early next week to the Ed Sullivan Theater, where they made their American television debut 50 years ag ...

  18. Ringo Starr Honored by David Lynch Foundation Ahead of the Grammys

    January 21, 2014 8:13 AM EST Ringo Starr got an early start to Grammy week, with famous friends honoring him for his life and work. The former Beatle received the Lifetime of Peace and Love award from the David Lynch Foundation on Monday night during a tribute concert at the ...

  19. Record Companies' Lawsuit Against Vimeo Heads Towards Appellate Showdown

    January 03, 2014 1:05 PM EST A copyright infringement lawsuit against Vimeo, owned by Barry Diller's IAC, has taken another step forward after a federal judge in New York issued a new ruling on Tuesday. Among other developments, the case now looks headed towards an appel ...

  20. Chart Moves: Justin Timberlake's 'SNL' Sales Surge, Beatles' 'Bootleg' Release To Extend Copyright Debuts

    December 27, 2013 10:40 AM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Beyonce's new self-titled album ruled at No. 1 for a second week, as it sold 374,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's down 39% from its debut frame, when it arrived on the chart w ...

  21. One Direction Scores Historic Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart, Sells 546K

    December 04, 2013 10:28 AM EST One Direction's "Midnight Memories" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with 546,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.   The act makes history as the first group to debut at No. 1 with its first three albums ...

  22. The Beatles, Elvis Presley Chart Latest Albums

    November 21, 2013 1:53 PM EST It's not 1960-something, although a look at two new entries on the Billboard 200 albums chart might cause a double-take. The Beatles chart their 31st top 10 on the ranking, while Elvis Presley pads his lead for the most titles in the tally� ...

  23. 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" ...

  24. SiriusXM Attacks the Turtles for Playing 'Lawsuit Lottery'

    October 14, 2013 7:59 PM EDT Imagine for a moment never hearing another Beatles song at a bar, rarely ever seeing The Rolling Stones perform their early work again on television and witnessing digital services like Pandora barred from streaming any sound recording made prio ...

  25. Haim’s 'Days Are Gone' Opens At No. 1 in the U.K.

    October 07, 2013 7:04 AM EDT In two of the closest finishes in recent chart history, Haim’s “Days Are Gone” album (Polydor/Universal) debuted at No. 1 and OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” (Interscope/Universal) climbed 3-1 on the singles chart Oct. 6 to give each act its firs ...

  26. Chart Moves: Elton John's Top Five Feat, Nirvana's 'In Utero' Returns, 'Jon Stewart' Sends Atoms Flying

    October 04, 2013 9:07 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Drake led a party of debuts in the top 10, as his "Nothing Was the Same" started with 658,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His launch marked the second-largest sales week of ...

  27. Al Coury, Promotions Man Who 'Worked His Magic' with Beatles, Beach Boys, and Pink Floyd, Dead at 78

    August 09, 2013 12:17 PM EDT Albert Eli “Al” Coury, a radio promotion man whose carer spanned from Nat King Cole to the Beatles to Guns N' Roses, died Aug. 8 in Thousand Oaks, Calif., of complications from a stroke. He was 78. Coury, whose career began with Capitol Rec ...

  28. Michael Parkinson, Celebrated British Chat Show Presenter, Diagnosed with Cancer

    July 08, 2013 1:35 AM EDT Sir Michael Parkinson, the legendary British chat show host who has championed countless musicians, has prostate cancer. The 78-year-old broadcaster, who is affectionately known in his homeland as “Parky,” was diagnosed with the disease in May f ...

  29. Chart Moves: 'Pitch Perfect' Soundtrack Climbs, Bob Marley's 'Legend: Remixed' Debuts, Lorde's 'Love' Leaps

    July 05, 2013 4:05 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Wale celebrated his first No. 1 , as "The Gifted" opened atop the list. The set sold 158,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of four debuts in the top 10 ...

  30. Beatles Merchandising Rights Go to Universal's Bravado

    June 12, 2013 1:33 PM EDT Bravado, the global merchandising arm of Universal Music Group, has announced a deal with Apple Corps., the management boutique founded by the Beatles in 1967, covering rights to Beatles merchandise in North America, making UMG, for all intents ...

  31. iTunes 10-Year Anniversary: 12 Best iTunes Ads

    April 26, 2013 2:37 PM EDT The iTunes Store launched on April 28, 2003, as an industry-supported alternative to combatting online music piracy, starting a revolution for companies and customers alike. Their first customers received a free download of The Fray's " ...

  32. The Beatles’ ‘Let It Be…Naked’ Finally Arrives on iTunes

    April 03, 2013 3:03 AM EDT The Beatles’ stripped-back, Phil Spector-free version of “Let It Be” has finally made its debut on the iTunes store -– a decade after its physical release. The 11-track “Let It Be…Naked” album arrived today on Apple’s digital music service carry ...

  33. Dave Clark Five Founder Huxley Dies

    February 13, 2013 6:32 AM EST Rick Huxley, bass player and founding member of The Dave Clark Five, part of the first brigade of the “British Invasion,” has died at the age of 72. The quintet – comprising Huxley, Dave Clark, Mike Smith, Lenny Davidson and Denis Payton -- carv ...

  34. Super Bowl Halftime Shows: Who Got the Biggest Sales Bumps?

    February 01, 2013 11:28 AM EST Until Michael Jackson's Super Bowl performance 20 years ago, the halftime show was more about marching bands and card stunts than headliner superstars. In 2013, the most-watched TV event in the world is a magnet for superstar talent eager t ...

  35. Ross on Radio: It's Not Bandwagon-Jumping If The Bandwagon Keeps Moving

    January 31, 2013 10:24 AM EST Should an artist follow musical trends or ignore them? For years, the industry premium has been on artists who could reinvent themselves quickly enough to reflect current pop tastes without visibly riding the tail end of a bandwagon. From Bruce S ...

  36. Napster, Beatles Docs to Premiere at SXSW

    January 16, 2013 6:38 PM EST SXSW has released the names of a few titles that will be screened during its Film Conference and Festival, March 8-16 in Austin, Texas. Among the music-oriented films so far are Alex Winter's documentary on the rise and fall of Napster, " ...

  37. Jenni Rivera Memorial Brings Her to No. 1 on Billboard Social 50

    December 21, 2012 2:17 PM EST Jenni Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month, is No. 1 in the Social 50 tally this past week as expected, due to the culmination of online activity surrounding her passing, particularly the public memorial in Los Angeles on Wed ...

  38. Paul McCartney, Nirvana Alums Rock 'Cut Me Some Slack' at Sandy Concert

    December 13, 2012 1:45 AM EST Judging from the veracity of Dave Grohl's whipping hair, Wednesday night's Nirvana jam session with Paul McCartney a the 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief went over swimmingly. The promised marriage of the most important band ever (The B ...

  39. '12-12-12' Concert: Our Favorite Tweets

    December 13, 2012 12:58 AM EST Five-plus hours is a long concert, no matter who's playing. But like many others, we watched the entire thing on multiple screens - from Springsteen to Paulvana. Here's an alternate take on the night, containing our favorite Tweets from ...

  40. 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& ...

  41. Apple Launches iTunes in Russia, Turkey, India, South Africa, 52 Additional Countries

    December 04, 2012 6:37 AM EST Apple today announced it has launched its iTunes Store in fifty-six countries, including Russia, Turkey, India, South Africa. iTunes Stores are now available in a total 119 countries where it is offered as a free download. The company made a point ...

  42. Michael Jackson's Biggest Chart Thrills

    November 30, 2012 10:02 AM EST As fans worldwidehe 30th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson's landmark album "Thriller," Billboard celebrates the late King of Pop's musical legacy. Chart Beat looks back at the astonishing dominance Jackson enjoyed ...

  43. Pete Bennett, Legendary Promotion Man for Beatles, Stones, Many More, Dead at 77

    November 27, 2012 4:44 PM EST Pete Bennett -- the promotion man who famously worked with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Nat King Cole, Steven Tyler, Sam Cooke and many others -- died of a heart attack on Thanksgiving Day. He was 77. Born May 11, 1935 in the Bronx, Bennett was be ...

  44. It's Official: Universal Names Steve Barnett Chairman/CEO of Capitol Music Group

    November 26, 2012 12:05 PM EST Universal Music Group this morning made official a move that's been common knowledge in the music business for many weeks: The company "has begun the revitalization of EMI Recorded Music" with the appointment of former Columbia Reco ...

  45. Frank Barsalona Remembered by Irving Azoff, Danny Zelisko, Peter Luukko, More

    November 25, 2012 6:57 PM EST While the seeds that produced the modern concert business were planted decades ago by pioneering agent Frank Barsalona -- who died Thanksgiving day -- and though he effectively quit the business when he merged his Premier Talent with what was then ...

  46. Frank Barsalona, Music Agent Who Revolutionized Concert Business, Dead at 74

    November 25, 2012 8:21 AM EST Frank Barsalona, a pioneering music agent whose Premier Talent agency changed the concert business, died early Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, a rep for his family confirmed to Billboard.biz. His passing was first repor ...

  47. Brian Epstein Bought Thousands Of Copies Of 'Love Me Do' To Boost Beatles Sales, Says BBC Film

    October 04, 2012 4:11 PM EDT A new BBC documentary about the Beatles, set to air here on Sunday, features people claiming that the band's manager Brian Epstein bought thousands of copies of "Love Me Do" to boost record sales to ensure the single hit the charts. ...

  48. Universal Completes $1.9 Billion EMI Recorded Music Acquisition

    September 28, 2012 8:47 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi's Universal Music Group said Friday that it has completed the $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI's recorded music arm. "This is a next step towards ensuring the health of our industry," said UMG chairman and CEO L ...

  49. Meet The Beatles' Massive Vinyl Box Set

    September 27, 2012 11:20 AM EDT Beatles fans, dust off your record players. The band's original studio album remasters, which were released on CD and iTunes to much fanfare in 2009 and 2010, will make their stereo vinyl debuts on November 13 as part of an elaborate box set. ...

  50. Business Matters: Universal's Deal for EMI No Longer a Sure Thing, But Still Worthwhile

    September 21, 2012 10:00 PM EDT How much will Universal Music Group miss that pound of flesh the European Commission took when it forced considerable concessions from the world's largest record company in exchange from its approval of a merger with EMI Music? That's th ...

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