The Beatles

  1. The Beatles Release App Masquerading as iBook

    December 12, 2011 2:00 PM EST Screenshots ©Subafilms Ltd. After refusing to sell their music online for years, the Beatles have now racked up sales of over 1.8 million albums and over 10 million songs, which is not a bad haul for about a year. Now, the Fab Four have released a ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Newly Married Paul McCartney Announces European Tour

    October 10, 2011 9:12 PM EDT He may just have married for the third time, but former Beatle Paul McCartney isn't settling down to a quiet life. Fresh from walking down the aisle with Nancy Shevell, the singer-songwriter has announced plans for an 11-date tour to begin ne ...

  4. EMI Reissues Compelte Pink Floyd Catalog

    September 30, 2011 8:14 AM EDT EMI's new Pink Floyd boxed set and its planned release of additional multiple-disc sets devoted to individual titles will no doubt attract a lot of attention in this fall's reissue market. It has the splashiest launch (including the re ...

  5. Sony/ATV Music Publishing Enters India

    September 21, 2011 8:11 AM EDT NEW DELHI - Music publishing company Sony/ATV, co-owned by The Michael Jackson Family Trust and Sony Music Global, has entered India's nascent music publishing market via a strategic alliance with Sony Music Entertainment India. Sony/ATV will ...

  6. Backbeat: Manny's Auctioning Michael Jackson Self-Portrait, Elvis's First Guitar, Rare Beatles Pix

    September 19, 2011 7:20 AM EDT "To Manny, keep one eye closed at all cost," scrawled Bob Dylan on well-known mid-'60s publicity photo in which the squinting singer had one fist pushed up on his smiling face. "Manny" was Manny Goldrich, whose music instr ...

  7. Adele Makes Billboard Hot 100 History With 'Someone Like You'

    September 12, 2011 8:45 AM EDT Get More: 2011 VMA , Music , Adele With Adele's leap from No. 19 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "Someone Like You," the singer achieves the biggest jump to No. 1 in the chart's 53-year history that wasn't ...

  8. Paul McCartney Finally Works With Decca To Release Ballet

    August 23, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Nearly 50 years after Decca famously rejected the Beatles and reportedly said that the group had "no future in showbusiness," the label is working with Paul McCartney to release his upcoming ballet, "Ocean's Kingdom," Reut ...

  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. Adele's '21' Ties 'Saturday Night Fever' as the Longest-Running No. 1 U.K. Album in 40 Years

    July 26, 2011 4:53 PM EDT It's no secret that Adele is the biggest star to hit the British charts in a long time, but here's some perspective: By securing an 18th week at No. 1 on this week's tally, her "21" is now tied with the "Saturday Nigh ...

  11. Jane Scott, Legendary Cleveland Rock Critic, Dead at 92

    July 05, 2011 7:43 AM EDT Jane Scott, a rock music critic who followed everyone from the Beatles to Britney Spears during a long career that continued into her 80s, has died. She was 92. The Plain Dealer, where Scott worked for a half-century, reported that a niece, Linda ...

  12. '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." ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Lady Antebellum's Five Grammy Wins Makes For Exuberant EMI After Party

    February 14, 2011 9:38 AM EST Just as the clock struck midnight as Sunday night gave way to Monday, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley was aggressively high-five-ing Mike Dugan, the president and CEO of Capitol Records Nashville, at the EMI post-Grammy party in Hollywood. K ...

  17. The Beatles Bring The 'Love' To iTunes, New Announcement Coming Soon

    February 02, 2011 10:55 AM EST The Beatles are continuing their digital run at iTunes, now providing digital copies of the "Love" Cirque du Soleil album and the making-of documentary available for pre-sale. This is the first time that the compilation has been made ava ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Beatles Pass 5 Million Downloads, 1 Million Albums Sold on iTunes

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Beatles have sold more than 5 million track downloads and 1 million albums worldwide since the group's catalog became available on iTunes November 16, according to a joint statement from iTunes and EMI . Of the track total, 3.6 million ha ...

  20. Vinyl Posts 14% Sales Gain in 2010

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST The year-end SoundScan numbers , released today, have a lot of minus signs. But one big exception is vinyl sales: While the numbers aren't massive, they still rose 14% from 2009 to 2010, according to the Nielsen Company and Billboard's 2 ...

  21. Beatles iTunes Deal Pays Royalties Directly to Band, Publisher, Sources Say

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Four decades since their breakup, the Beatles are still sticking with their trailblazing ways. It seems that the EMI/Beatles deal that finally brought the Fab Four's catalog to iTunes may be more groundbreaking than originally thought. Accord ...

  22. 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' ...

  23. Gwen Stefani, Steven Tyler Salute Paul McCartney at Kennedy Center Honors

    December 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Gwen Stefan i , Steven Tyler and Sheryl Crow were among the performers who delivered stirring tributes to legendary entertainers during the 33rd annual Kennedy Center Honors. The ceremony, which honored Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, country singe ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. The Beatles' Abbey Road Pedestrian Crossing Wins Protected Status

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The most famous pedestrian crossing in popular music, outside Abbey Road Studios in north London, was designated a site of national importance by the British government on Wednesday. Beatles fans from around the world flock to the road to pose for ...

  26. Record Labels Win Case Against Website Selling 25-Cent Beatles Songs

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST A federal judge has ruled on summary judgment that BlueBeat.com is liable for violating copyrights in thousands of songs. In making the decision, the judge had swatted away one of the stranger defenses to infringement of sound recordings. Last yea ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 'Let It Be' Leads Beatles Digital Debut

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Beatles' much-ballyhooed arrival in Apple's iTunes Store makes waves on Billboard's charts as a number of the Fab Four's singles and albums dot our tallies. All told, the group sold 1.42 million tracks last week in the U.S. ...

  29. 'Abbey Road' Tops Beatles Albums Sales

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The much-hyped arrival of the Beatles catalog on iTunes helped move a total of 144,000 units in the U.S., or about seven times the scans generated by the catalog in the prior week, when the total was 20,000 units, according to Nielsen Soundscan. T ...

  30. Beatles Sales On iTunes Top 450K

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The initial Beatles sales figures are in: More than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs were sold on iTunes worldwide, according to Apple, since the Beatles catalog was made available Tuesday (Nov. 16). In U.S. the best-selling album was ...

  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. Five Things Missing From The Beatles/iTunes Deal

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST One striking aspect of the newly available Beatles albums on iTunes is that they weren't accompanied by the release of more digital bells and whistles. When EMI Music reissued all of the band's albums on CD last year, every title boasted ...

  33. A Look At First-Day Beatles Rankings on iTunes

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST As the music industry awaited the official announcement that iTunes had finally scored rights to the Beatles catalog, one question kept popping up: Would the Fab Four let iTunes sell its music as singles? The thought is that since the Beatles have ...

  34. Five Reasons Why The Beatles' Arrival On iTunes Still Matters

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST It's tempting to dismiss the Beatles' long-delayed arrival on iTunes as a non-event. After all, it's been more than seven years since iTunes began selling music. And EMI Music reissued the band's entire discography on CD barely ...

  35. Beatles On iTunes: The Story Behind the Deal

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST From the day iTunes launched nearly 10 years ago, the questions started over when the Beatles catalog would be added to the digital music store. As iTunes influence grew in scope and power -- eventually becoming the world's largest digital re ...

  36. Beatles On iTunes: Digital Debut Could Boost Sales In All Formats

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST If the digital debuts of Led Zeppelin and others are any indication, the long-awaited debut of the Beatles on iTunes will boost sales for the Fab Four's music, regardless of the format. Led Zeppelin When Led Zeppelin went digital on Nov. 13, ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Take That Scores Huge U.K. Sales

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That's new album "Progress" (Polydor) moved more than 235,000 copies on its first day on sale (Nov. 15) in the U.K., according to the Official Charts Company. The OCC said it was the biggest day one sale since Oasis's &quo ...

  39. Beatles Finally Arrives On iTunes

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Beatles ' catalog is now available on iTunes . As expected , Apple today (Nov. 16) announced the addition of music from the Beatles a day after posting a cryptic message on its website promising that today will be "just another day. ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: PAID, Inc.'s Keith Garde

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Keith Garde Title: President, PAID, Inc. Panel: Sept. 16 3:30 Roundtable: Own A Bigger Piece of Your Business For more information or to register for our Music & Advertising conference in Chicago on Sept. 15-16, please visit billboardeve ...

  45. Business Matters: Zaptunes, Kickstarter, Vivendi and more

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. THE DEAL WITH ZAPTUNES -- In case you haven’t spent any time this week following Zaptunes, a new music service that touts songs by Radiohead and other stars, here are a few things you should know. ...

  46. Ernesto Schmitt To Exit Post At EMI Music

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music president of central marketing and global catalog Ernesto Schmitt is leaving the company, according to an internal memo obtained by Billboard. Schmitt is returning to his entrepreneurial roots after leading the "hugely successful gl ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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% ...

  50. Green Day 'Rock Band' Game Arrives

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With a hit Broadway show and now their own edition of the "Rock Band" franchise, Green Day is establishing themselves as a punk rock brand. "I just like being diverse and trying new things as far as Green Day is concerned," say ...

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