The Beatles

  1. New York Port Authority Honoring the Beatles With Historical Marker

    February 04, 2014 8:50 AM EST The tributes keep coming in for the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' jump to the United States; this time, the New York Port Authority is getting in on the action. According to Radio.com , the New York Port Authority will commemorate the anni ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Macklemore, Daft Punk, Lorde, Jay Z & Beyonce: Retailers Predict This Year’s Grammys Bump

    January 23, 2014 2:03 PM EST With the GRAMMYs coming up this Sunday, industry prognosticators are laying down their bets on who could be the big sales winners at the show. The industry consensus appears to be that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Lorde have the best chance to ...

  4. Backbeat: Clive Davis Riffs on the Biz, Lou Reed Tanning, More at Intimate Pre-GRAMMY Gathering

    January 23, 2014 4:37 AM EST Clive Davis regaled an intimate audience in West Hollywood Wednesday night (Jan. 22) with tales plucked from his 50-year legacy as one of music's most significant record executives. Over an hour-long interview led by The Hollywood Reporter mu ...

  5. 50 Years Ago Today: Beatles Make First Billboard Hot 100 Appearance

    January 18, 2014 9:00 AM EST Fifty years ago today (Jan. 18), the Beatles appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time.   The band's breakthrough -- and ultimately, pop culture-redefining -- first U.S smash "I Want to Hold Your Hand" entered t ...

  6. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Taylor Swift to Perform at Grammy Awards

    January 14, 2014 12:23 PM EST A pair of Fab rock legends will perform at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. It was announced today that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who with the Beatles are this year's recipients of the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, will pe ...

  7. Beatlemania at 50: Three Modern Lessons to Take Away

    January 13, 2014 2:18 PM EST It's hard to believe that it's been 50 years since Beatlemania arrived in America, but on February 9th, 1964, the Fab Four played "The Ed Sullivan Show" and -- well, you know the rest. It's history. This newest issue of Bi ...

  8. Beatlemania at 50: The Fab Four's Legendary Chart History

    January 13, 2014 2:09 PM EST It's hard to believe that it's been 50 years since Beatlemania arrived in America, but on February 9th, 1964, the Fab Four played "The Ed Sullivan Show" and -- well, you know the rest. It's history. This newest issue of ...

  9. Lady Gaga Scores Second No. 1 Album With 'ARTPOP,' Beatles 'Live at the BBC' Debuts No. 7

    November 20, 2013 11:05 AM EST As forecast last week, Lady Gaga debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her new set, "ARTPOP." It sold 258,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.   It's the second No. 1 set for Gaga, who also debuted at No ...

  10. 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" ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. BPI Announces Auto-Updating Gold, Platinum Certification

    September 03, 2013 11:41 AM EDT The British Phonographic Industry has altered its sales award rules to include automatic certification -- big news for classic acts such as the Beatles. The BPI will now include automatically-updated sales data for the first time in its history, ...

  15. 'Lost' Beatles Gig Footage Sparks Lawsuit

    June 11, 2013 10:20 AM EDT 'Tis the season for allegations on how overstepping intellectual property rights can lead to trouble. Last week, a $500 million lawsuit against Lionsgate was filed for interfering with a Twilight parody film. Now, a new lawsuit claims that ...

  16. 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 " ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. AC/DC's iTunes Debut Sells 48,000 Digital Albums, 696,000 Songs

    November 29, 2012 10:15 AM EST One of the longest hold-outs from iTunes, AC/DC, finally reached the digital retailer last week. The iconic rock band's entire catalog, along with two iTunes-exclusive box sets, became available on Monday, Nov. 19. In the week ending Nov. 25, ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. AC/DC Finally Joins iTunes

    November 19, 2012 10:51 AM EST Just a few weeks after longtime digital holdout Kid Rock announced that his new album will be available on iTunes , another holdout has made the move: in a release Monday morning, Columbia Records and Apple announced that AC/DC's entire catal ...

  23. One Direction Has Highest-Ever Hot 100 Chart Debut by U.K. Group

    October 10, 2012 3:33 PM EDT One Direction's "Live While We're Young" debuts at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, marking the highest bow by a U.K. group in the 54-year history of the chart. It's the second-highest debut among all U.K. acts, ...

  24. Chart Moves: Mumford & Sons Chart Most Simultaneous Hot 100 Hits By A Band Since the Beatles

    October 05, 2012 11:56 AM EDT (Photo: Rebecca Miller) As previously reported , Maroon 5 spends a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "One More Night," fending off PSY's "Gangnam Style," which remains bulleted at No. 2. Plus, Taylor Swift, ...

  25. 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. ...

  26. 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. ...

  27. Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge Says He'll 'Double A&R Investment' at Capitol, Virgin

    September 24, 2012 2:47 PM EDT Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge was in bullish form late on Friday as in the wake of his company's acquisition of EMI Music finally clearing EU and US regulatory hurdle s. It was a long road that officially began when EMI went on the ...

  28. Round Hill Music to Acquire Songs by Bruno Mars, Cee-Lo Green, B.O.B

    September 18, 2012 7:35 PM EDT Round Hill Music, which made big news when it announced that it acquired the North American rights to six iconic Beatles songs at the beginning of the year, just went to the other end of the music generational spectrum by agreeing to acquire a cat ...

  29. EMI Reports Fiscal Year Loss Due to Writedown

    August 07, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Music company EMI recorded a pre-tax loss of £349 million ($546 million) for the fiscal year ending March 31, down from the year before due to a writedown, the Guardian reported , citing an internal company memo. The £372 million ($582 million) ch ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Read: EMI CEO Roger Faxon's Letter to Staff About Universal Deal

    July 27, 2012 4:16 PM EDT Today, not long after Universal Music submitted the long-delayed divestment package for its proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division to the European Commission , moving the process one big step closer to a conclusion. EMI Group C ...

  32. Updated: UMG-EMI Divestment Package Revealed: Universal to Keep the Beatles

    July 27, 2012 1:09 PM EDT A source close to the situation told Billboard.biz the contents of the divestment package submitted today by Universal Music Group for its proposed acquisition of EMI' s recorded-music division to the European Commission. If accepted, it will ...

  33. Universal Finally Submits Divestment Package for EMI Deal to European Commission

    July 27, 2012 10:59 AM EDT As predicted on Thursday, Universal Music Group on Friday submitted its long-delayed divestment package for its proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division to the European Commission, moving the process one big step closer to a conc ...

  34. Universal in Talks to Sell Off Parlophone Instead of Virgin, EMI Labels

    July 26, 2012 9:04 PM EDT BMG Rights Management is in talks with Universal Music Group to purchase the European rights to EMI's legendary Parlophone label as part of UMG's s remedies package of assets to be divested in its proposed purchase of EMI's recorded ...

  35. Legally Monetized Mashups: How New Technology Pays DJs

    July 12, 2012 5:05 PM EDT During the past 10 years, a few small companies have built important tools that helped solve some of the music industry's biggest dilemmas. In that spirit, the new platforms of Thefuture.fm, Beatport and Legitmix may not offer complete soluti ...

  36. Chart Moves: Hall & Oates' Highest Charting Album Since 1988 On Billboard 200, 'Rock of Ages' Soundtrack Debuts

    June 14, 2012 9:45 PM EDT The Billboard 200: There was a lot of big news on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week as Adele's "21" returned to No. 1 for a 24th week, while Alan Jackson arrived in the runner-up slot with "Thirty Miles West." The B ...

  37. Beach Boys Beat the Beatles for Billboard 200 Record

    June 14, 2012 4:22 PM EDT Fifty years into their career, the Beach Boys are still making waves on Billboard charts. This week, they best the Beatles for a Billboard 200 album chart record. As their reunion set, That's Why God Made the Radio (their first album of all-n ...

  38. Beatles Musical Books L.A. Date Prior to Broadway

    May 30, 2012 5:41 PM EDT "Backbeat," the musical that details the birth of the Beatles, will make its final pre-Broadway stop in Los Angeles early next year. An adaptation of 1994 Universal Pictures film, "Backbeat" will play L.A.'s Ahmanson Theat ...

  39. Music Attorney Paul Marshall, Who Repped EMI, PolyGram, Atlantic & More, Dies

    May 14, 2012 1:16 PM EDT Paul Marshall, the legendary music attorney who brokered some of the most significant transactions the music industry has ever seen over his fifty-plus years in the entertainment law business, died May 10 in Aventura, Florida. He was 83. Marshall& ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. The Beatles' 'Yellow Submarine' Gets Digital Makeover

    March 20, 2012 3:17 PM EDT "Yellow Submarine," the Beatles' 1968 animated feature film, will hit shelves again on May 28, digitally restored for DVD and Blu-ray release. The DVD and Blu-ray releases will feature bonus material including a making-of documentar ...

  43. The Beatles: Coming Soon to a (Digital) Jukebox Near You

    March 16, 2012 6:59 PM EDT Thirteen Beatles studio albums in addition to their Past masters, "Red," "Blue," and "1" collections will be featured on TouchTunes' 50,000 digital jukeboxes starting April 1. TouchTunes is the largest out-of-hom ...

  44. '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. " ...

  45. Historical Analysis: Adele Matches The Beatles, 50 Cent With Hot 100, Billboard 200 Moves

    February 23, 2012 4:30 PM EST As reported yesterday , Adele's sophomore album 21 marks multiple new milestones on the Billboard 200. Most notably, 21 registered its best sales week (730,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan), following her six wins at the 54th Grammy Awards ...

  46. Beatles Songs Released As Ringtones on iTunes

    February 22, 2012 2:18 PM EST The Beatles have a history of making people wait for digital access to their music; long after just about every band had succumbed to the digital age by making their catalogs available online, the Beatles finally signed a contract - and an exclusi ...

  47. Backbeat: Paul McCartney Honored at MusiCares Grammy Event, Performs for a Galaxy of Stars and Execs

    February 11, 2012 7:35 PM EST Sir Paul McCartney performing onstage during the 22nd Annual MusiCares Benefit Gala Honoring Paul McCartney at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo: WireImage) Few events bring out more music industry executives than the annual MusiCares Pers ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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" ...

  50. This Week in Music History: So There's This Band Called The Beatles....

    December 28, 2011 10:48 AM EST : So There's This Band Called the Beatles... Billboard, Dec. 28, 1963, page 4 Most Americans had never heard of the Beatles when the Dec. 28, 1963 issue of Billboard hit the stands, but the page 3 story was right on the money. The article ...

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