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February 07 2014

A History of the Beatles in 50 Photographs

Half a century ago this month, four lads from Liverpool introduced themselves on a U.S. television show and played a few songs. That was all it took for millions of music fans across the States to fall in love with the Beatles.

On Feb. 7, 1964, the Beatles arrived at newly named John F. Kennedy airport in Queens, N.Y. to a surprisingly shocking mob of screaming fans and reporters. With their mop-top hair, British humor and catchy music — John, Paul, George and Ringo were something new and fresh that Americans hadn't seen or heard before.

When the Beatles took to the stage at The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964, it was a turning point in pop culture and music history. More than 73 million people tuned in to the broadcast, confirming that 'Beatlemania' had arrived Read more...

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9 Boy Bands Rocking Beatles Hair

Boy bands have been making girls scream since the '60s, when groups like the Beatles filled radio waves with catchy lyrics and poppy melodies — oh, and they had really great hair

The Beatle haircut, coined the "moptop," was one of the many factors of Beatlemania that first took place after the group debuted 50 years ago on The Ed Sullivan Show. The shaggy, unkempt bowl cut was widely popular, and even inspired toy companies to manufacture licensed Beatles wigs.

Many boy bands, even today, have in one way or another been inspired by the Beatles, from music technique to fashion. Some have even created their own spin on the iconic 'do. (Looking at you, Harry Styles.) Read more...

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September 18 2013

5 Facts You Didn't Know About the Beatles

The Beatles are probably the most influential musicians of the 20th century, but did you know they really wanted to star in a movie version of Lord of the Rings? Thankfully, Stanley Kubrick had the good sense to turn them down.

If you're hungry for more trivia about the Fab Four, look no further: This week's episode of #5facts has a bad case of Beatle-mania. It also features a special guest: super-famous actress Taryn Manning! Manning stars in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black (which received our highest honor, the Mashable Choice) and has a new single called Summer Ashes. She'll also be back on the CBS drama Hawaii Five-0 this fall. Read more...

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August 22 2013

John Lennon Clone Is Worst Idea Ever

Two years ago, a Canadian dentist called Michael Zuk bought a rotten molar belonging to the late John Lennon for $30,000 at auction. That purchase earned him way more than $30,000 worth of publicity, as Zuk notes proudly on his website, johnlennontooth.com

Now that same dentist has announced he has Fedexed the tooth to "a U.S. lab" (he doesn't say which one) for DNA sequencing. "The DNA in John Lennon's tooth is easily worth over $25 million to the right company," Zuk writes. "It actually is priceless if it means we can clone the Beatle."

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April 07 2013

Does Reworking Beatles' Song 'Hey Jude' Into a Minor Key Make It Better?

What if the Beatles had lived in an alternative universe, and the group's 1968 megahit "Hey Jude" was not intended to cheer up John Lennon's son Julian, but to sound like a funeral dirge?

That's just what you'll get with this version of "Hey Jude," mashed down into a minor key that feels completely different, especially to those of us who've grown up with the Beatles and their groundbreaking music.

Its creator, apparently dipping into the wonders of Auto-Tune for this version he released in late January, agrees. He says on the video's YouTube page, "I reworked it to minor key, and it became almost entirely new song." Read more...

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November 24 2010

The Beatles Sell 2,000,000 Songs in Their First Week on iTunes

One week ago, the entire Beatles catalogue was made available on Apple’s online music store iTunes. Now, the numbers are in: according to Billboard, the Beatles sold more than 450,000 albums and over two million individual songs in the first week on iTunes.

The best selling album in the U.S. was Abbey Road while the best-selling song was Here Comes the Sun.

The impressive numbers come as no surprise as the Beatles took over the iTunes charts in the first day of availability, with eleven of their albums surging to the iTunes top 25 albums list.

Getting there was no easy task, however. Back in 1978, the Beatles’ corporation Apple Corps sued Apple Inc. (then Apple Computer) for trademark infringement. The suit was settled in 1981, but it dragged on for decades, reaching pinnacle in 2003, with Apple’s launch of iTunes, when Apple Corps once again sued Apple Computer, claiming it has violated the agreement not to distribute music. Finally, on February 2007 the two companies settled their trademark dispute, but it took three more years for the Beatles’ catalog to reach iTunes. Judging by the impressive sales, the long wait paid off for both companies in the end.

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November 17 2010

The Beatles Take Over the iTunes Charts

Twenty-four hours after making their iTunes debut, The Beatles are dominating the service’s album and song charts.

Eleven of the top 25 albums on iTunes are Beatles records, including the full Beatles Box Set, which is currently at number 11 on the charts. In addition, more than 60 of the top 200 songs are Beatles tunes.

Sure, John, Paul, Ringo and George aren’t enough to knock Rihanna, Rascal Flatts and the Glee cast off the top of the charts, but these albums are 40-plus years old. We’re also smack dab in the middle of the biggest music release window of the year.

It’s early yet, but the fact that every Beatles album is in the top 50 (top 36 to be precise), and more than a quarter of the top 200 songs are all from one artist, indicates that there was some pent up demand for some of the greatest rock and pop songs of all time.

In 2009, the Beatles Box Set peaked at number 23 on the U.S. album charts and the Past Masters re-issue peaked at number 34. Because the Beatles albums were released in a pre-SoundScan era, it’s difficult to quantify how well various albums have sold over the years. However, “1,” the 27-track compilation of the band’s number one hits in the UK and the U.S., released on compact disc in November of 2000, has sold more than 31 million copies. That makes it the seventh best-selling album of all time in the SoundScan era and the best selling album in the U.S. for the 2000 to 2009 decade.

We’ve got a contest where Mashable readers can vie for one of five Beatles Box Sets from iTunes, so be sure to enter if you haven’t already.

Have you purchased any Beatles content on iTunes? Let us know why or why not.

Reviews: ELEVEN, Mashable

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November 16 2010

This Morning’s 4 Biggest Stories in Social Media and Tech

Social Media News

Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. We’re keeping our eyes on four particular stories of interest today.

Facebook Unveils New Messaging System

Facebook has launched what it calls the “Modern Messaging System,” a product that integrates e-mail, IM and texting in a unified inbox. We’ve put together a quick screenshot walkthrough here.

Google Unveils Social, Location-Based Recommendation Engine

Google has just taken the wraps off Hotpot, an early release of a location-based recommendation engine “powered by you and your friends.”

Kinect for Xbox 360 Sells 1 Million Units in 10 Days

Microsoft announced Monday that it has sold more than 1 million units of Kinect for Xbox 360 in the first 10 days after the product’s launch. The tech giant says it expects to sell more than 5 million units by the end of the year.

The Beatles Are Coming to iTunes Today

iTunes will finally begin carrying The Beatles’s catalog of songs Tuesday, according to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Further News

  • Samsung is planning to launch Internet-connected TVs using Google’s software, according to Yoon Boo Keun, head of Samsung’s TV division.
  • The CEO of Baidu, one of China’s largest and most powerful Internet companies, says 99% of China uses its search engine.
  • Twitter’s location-specific Trends feature is now available in a total of 18 countries and 24 cities around the world.
  • Link-sharing service Bit.ly has launched a new tool that allows users to package multiple links in a single shortened URL.
  • Dell Inspiron Duo, the hybrid tablet that flips open to become a netbook, is due for a launch next week, Cnet has learned from sources familiar with the matter.
  • Gregg Gillis of Girl Talk has released his latest album online for free.
  • Mashable has launched a new Startups channel.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, DNY59

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October 08 2010

Google Celebrates John Lennon’s 70th Birthday with Video Doodle

John Lennon’s would-be birthday may be tomorrow, but Google UK is celebrating a day early with a simple yet lovely video Doodle set to Lennon’s simple yet lovely, “Imagine.”

In the past, we’ve seen Google get creative with its Doodles, offering up playable games of Pac-man, bouncing balls and elaborate murder scenes. Today’s video marks another clever addition to a growing oeuvre of electronic art.

Again, the video isn’t in the U.S. yet, but if you click over to Google UK, you can check it out for yourself right now.

Happy Birthday, John — wherever you are.

Reviews: Google

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August 06 2010

Yoko Ono: Beatles Not Coming to iTunes Store Any Time Soon

Yesterday, Yoko Ono, the widow of John Lennon and part owner of the Beatles music catalogue, revealed that there’s been no progress in negotiations with Apple when it comes to getting the band’s music in the iTunes store. Her statements quiet ongoing rumblings about the matter.

“Steve Jobs has his own idea and he’s a brilliant guy … There’s just an element that we’re not very happy about, as people. We are holding out,” Ono said in an interview with Reuters.

Ono holds an equal share in Apple Corps — not to be confused with Apple Inc — the company that owns the rights to the Beatles catalogue. The other share holders are band members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and the widow of George Harrison, Olivia Harrison.

Together the four have different ideas as to how the collection should be managed. For now, when it comes to the Beatles on iTunes, Oko instructs, “Don’t hold your breath … for anything.”

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July 26 2010

Metallica Edges out The Beatles in #WinWeekend

This weekend, we held the second #WinWeekend Weekly Sweepstakes in partnership with Live Nation. We asked readers to finish the statement, “My favorite musical artist is…” for a chance to win one of two awesome prizes. With thousands of responses, Metallica edged out The Beatles for the most votes, followed by Zakk Wylde, Pink Floyd and Green Day.

Congratulations to Brian LaFranchi and Jamie Stewart for winning this week’s prizes: an Ibanez electric guitar with a black knight finish (going to Jamie), and an autographed Epiphone Zakk Wylde Bullseye Guitar with a pair of tickets to a Black Label Society show and a copy of their latest album, “Order of the Black” (to Brian).

For everyone else, thanks for playing, and check out Mashable on Friday afternoon for this week’s prize and question. #WinWeekend will begin weekly at 5:00 p.m. ET on Fridays and end Sundays at 11:59 p.m. ET. Stay tuned for your chance to win an awesome prize!

Thanks to Our Partner LiveNation.com

Thank you to our partner, LiveNation.com, which is supporting prizes of the sweepstakes. “Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE-LYV) is the largest live entertainment company in the world, consisting of five businesses: concert promotion and venue operations, sponsorship, ticketing solutions, e-commerce and artist management. Live Nation seeks to innovate and enhance the live entertainment experience for artists and fans: before, during and after the show.” Follow them on Twitter and join them on Facebook.

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