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5 January 2015
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Macca faces music industry mega-battle for rights to old Beatles songs

SIR Paul McCartney is facing a battle of the music billionaires in his bid to buy back the rights to 251 Beatles songs written by him and John Lennon .

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Paul McCartney facing tough competition for bid of Beatles' songs

Sir Paul McCartney , who is planning to bid for rights of 251 Beatles songs written by him and John Lennon , is reportedly facing a tough competition for his bid.

Sony Music is planning to sell its 50 percent share in the back catalogue which brings in tens of millions of pounds in royalties every year following the devastating hack attack on the company's computers, the Daily Star reported.

A senior Sony Music executive said that this could evolve into one of the biggest financial battles the music industry had ever seen.

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Regrets if this has previously been posted.  Articles are dated 4 January, so I'm assuming this is recent news.

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5 January 2015
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As true as this might be i would want a more substantial source than 'The Daily Star' which is even less respected than 'The Sun before truly believing it.

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meanmistermustard said
As true as this might be i would want a more substantial source than 'The Daily Star' which is even less respected than 'The Sun before truly believing it.

Well... yeah.  I did put two sources.  Going deeper, there are a few more 'reputable' agencies carrying related stories.

Here's a third, from Bloomberg.  Although, this is dated a couple weeks ago.

A fourth, from The Wall Street Journal.

Though both of these are stories of how it was learned.  As a result of their hacking, information was found that Sony was considering selling off their stake.

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Thanks. The second article you posted had their source as the Daily Star, only reason why i mentioned it.

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In case anyone missed it, the Beatles Bibles End of the Year award winners have been announced.

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Oo, oo, oo, I can't wait for Ringo's new record.

Indeed - I hope the local store stocks it - they have been pretty poor of late with none of the George or Paul reissues in stock. I'll get it anyway of course, but like to see Beatles thingies on the shelves.

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Found a couple articles, admittedly the second isn't anything specifically Beatles but echoes a sentiment many of us might agree with.  At least what's on the pop charts themselves, maybe not in the entire body of music being made today.  The second makes the point that as a genre matures, its song "complexity" decreases.  The second expresses the fact that today's pop stars don't follow the muse (which I guess has been true all along) but rather the money.

My own opinion is that it's far less important that people know who Paul is than it is to know the music. Of course, lots of people don't care about "the music".  My own mom, who at 76 is starting to like listening to music, admittedly only liked music with a good dance beat most of her life.

Let go of questions like "Will Miley be remembered in 50 years" and ask "In 200 years, will the Beatles be remembered as well as the classical composers are today?  I think an argument can be made for it, as the Beatles had a far greater effect not just music but society as a whole than any other modern musician I can think of.

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C.R.A. said

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As true as this might be i would want a more substantial source than 'The Daily Star' which is even less respected than 'The Sun before truly believing it.

Well... yeah.  I did put two sources.  Going deeper, there are a few more 'reputable' agencies carrying related stories.

Here's a third, from Bloomberg.  Although, this is dated a couple weeks ago.

A fourth, from The Wall Street Journal.

Though both of these are stories of how it was learned.  As a result of their hacking, information was found that Sony was considering selling off their stake.

Regardless of the source, just keep in mind that this is all speculation based on the leaked emails.

Also, Sony was threatening to sue any sources that posted the emails, which is why I didn't post the info here myself. I don't think there's much to the threat, but just a word of caution.

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Ray McFall, former owner of the Cavern Club, has passed away.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entert.....s-30725308

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A 12" of Paul's "Hope For The Future " will be released next week.

[x-posted to the Hope For The Future thread]

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For anyone who'll be in LA between March and August this year, at the Skirball CenterRock ’N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip

Featuring stunning photographs of hand-painted billboards that dominated the Los Angeles landscape for almost two decades, Rock ’N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip brings to life a unique period in the history of rock ’n’ roll and the fabled Sunset Strip, whose nightclubs were the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll royalty. Photographer Robert Landau traces the billboard phenomenon from the breakthrough promotion for the debut album by The Doors in 1967 to the advent of MTV in the 1980s, which signaled the end of an era.

In 1967 the head of Elektra Records took the bold step of renting out a billboard on West Hollywood’s historic Sunset Strip to promote a little-known Los Angeles rock band called The Doors. For the next fifteen years, the Strip exploded with the vibrant art of a generation bent on changing the world—and selling some records at the same time. Once The Doors had paved the way, everyone from The Beatles and Bob Dylan to Frank Zappa and Led Zeppelin wanted to be represented on the one-of-a-kind wooden panels that lined the boulevard. In those years, the Sunset Strip was the heart and soul of a vibrant music scene—home to legendary nightclubs, record companies, and record stores. From the 1960s to the 1980s, rock ’n’ roll billboards dominated the Strip, looming over the boulevard for just a month or two at a time before being dismantled, whitewashed, and given a new incarnation. Robert Landau, a teenager at the time, was there to document these ephemeral pop art masterpieces.

Presented as a companion to the simultaneous exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution , Rock ’N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip adds a local dimension to the story of rock promotion over the course of three exciting decades. Get a glimpse into Los Angeles’s recent past through Landau’s extraordinary photographs, powerful documents of this colorful and fleeting period in American popular culture.

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9 January 2015
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Beatleva said

Ray McFall, former owner of the Cavern Club, has passed away.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entert.....s-30725308

Thanks for the heads up @Beatleva - I hadn't heard. He was definitely a significant person in the Beatles story.

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Paul has been asked to sing on a "save Soho" project song.

http://www.gigwise.com/news/97.....-soho-song

I wonder if he will do it.

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Paul's DJ Chris Holmes is looking to launch a line of hyper-reflective, anti-paparazzi clothing for men.

[x-posted to the Out There tour thread]

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WogBlog article on the Beatles catalog being made available at 192 khz for Neil Young's music player and library, Pono.

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WogBlog article on the Beatles catalog being made available at 192 khz for Neil Young's music player and library, Pono.

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So is this the ultimate best possible way to listen to the Beatles catalogue now replacing those tired old crappy 2009 stereo remasters that we sold a kidney and two children for?

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parlance said

C.R.A. said

meanmistermustard said
As true as this might be i would want a more substantial source than 'The Daily Star' which is even less respected than 'The Sun before truly believing it.

Well... yeah.  I did put two sources.  Going deeper, there are a few more 'reputable' agencies carrying related stories.

Here's a third, from Bloomberg.  Although, this is dated a couple weeks ago.

A fourth, from The Wall Street Journal.

Though both of these are stories of how it was learned.  As a result of their hacking, information was found that Sony was considering selling off their stake.

Regardless of the source, just keep in mind that this is all speculation based on the leaked emails.

Also, Sony was threatening to sue any sources that posted the emails, which is why I didn't post the info here myself. I don't think there's much to the threat, but just a word of caution.

parlance

 

A follow-up: Sony is denying that a sale is under consideration.

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Crowds in Paris sing Imagine (mostly you hear John's voice)

Parisians looked to John Lennon for inspiration in their darkest moment by singing his iconic "Imagine " at Sunday's rally in the French capital.

The rallies of national unity were organized to honor the 17 victims of two terrorist attacks, one on weekly satire magazine Charlie Hebdo. The Paris rally saw up to two million hit the streets, as well as more than 40 world leaders.

In total, 3.7 million people joined public demonstrations across France.

Watch a video of the crowd singing "Imagine " at the Paris rally below...

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During the March of Unity, which saw close to two million people take to the streets of Paris in a demonstration of unity and tolerance in the face of terrorism, one person thought the march needed a soundtrack.

That is why a group of friends whose flat over looked the route of the march played some anthems of peace, including John Lennon ’s iconic song Imagine , out to the crowd.

Unsurprisingly the spirit of the day shone through and the demonstrators came together to sing along to the famous tune, before applauding themselves and each other at the song’s conclusion.

Imagine was only one of the many songs played out to the crowd, as the impromptu DJ said: ‘We played a lot of Bob Marley, All You Need Is Love by The Beatles, and a bunch of French songs like Douce France, and some Georges Brassens.

‘I don’t remember it all, we played music all afternoon. Imagine was the most successful of them all by far though.’

The March of Unity was in response to the horrific acts of terrorism perpetrated in and around the French capital last week, and has already been been one of the largest and most significant demonstrations in French history.

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There's a Kickstarter to raise funds for a plaque at Brian's birthplace.

[x-posted to the Brian Epstein thread]

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I just got this magazine today. I looked it up and found out that it came out in the UK in November, so maybe it isn't really "news", but it is news to me. I'm not sure when it came out in the USA.

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Perhaps this is where the true beginning of the Kayne West fan thing...notice the word "introducing"...odd

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Here's a synopsis.
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And there it was: the end of something that changed the world, and the start of the rest of Paul McCartney 's life. It is those 44, frequently remarkable, years that we're focusing on in this latest edition of the Uncut Ultimate Music Guide,...

There are frank reflections on life past and present, bantering encounters with Wings, a constant and fascinating narrative about how McCartney tries to reconcile being "Mr Normal" with being, well, Sir Paul McCartney . There's also an epic interview from a 2004 issue of Uncut, in which McCartney, a shrewd media operator ever since the earliest days of The Beatles, talks with unprecedented candour about every phase of his career.

"I’ve put out an awful lot of records. Some of them I shouldn’t have put out, sure," he admits in the piece. "I’d gladly accept that. There’s many different reasons for putting a record out. Sometimes I might just put one out because I’m bored and I’ve got nothing better to do. That happens."

Few artists, in the post-war era, have had anything remotely close to the cultural impact of Paul McCartney . Nevertheless, his discography is surprisingly full of odd excursions and experiments, of great songs hidden away and half-forgotten. This Uncut Ultimate Guide is, we hope, a key to the treasures of Macca's long, engrossing second act - like "Secret Friend", for example, a "McCartney II "-era B-side...

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