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Filmmaker Josh Wakely’s production company, Grace, has acquired the worldwide rights to the Beatles’ music catalog in an agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Grace will have the rights to the group’s song catalog for an animated children’s series called “Beat Bugs.”  The series will be based on the original characters and world created by Wakely.

While Grace has acquired rights to Beatles’ songs, however, it has not acquired rights to the recordings. Other artists will have to perform the songs. “Josh’s ingenuity and creative exploration of these iconic songs in a wholly imaginative world was too good to pass up and the idea of opening up the single greatest music catalog of the 20th century to the next generation is something we are particularly excited about. We are thrilled to be working with Josh and the team at Grace,” said Damian Trotter, managing director of Sony/ATV. “Beat Bugs” is aimed at children and uses original narratives intertwined with the Beatles songs to tell the details

Former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney was treated like royalty recently while dining at Hollywood restaurant, Il Piccolino. The chef made a special meal just for him. McCartney was having dinner with his wife, Nancy Shevell, and his former Beatles bandmate, Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach.

When McCartney wasn’t sure what to eat, he headed to the kitchen. According to a source, ”The owner, a friend, escorted the ex-Beatle into the kitchen where Paul – who loves to cook – watched intently as the chef prepared veggies chosen by the star.” Not only was his meal made to order, but McCartney’s customized dish also came with the recipe, delivered alongside his plate. Vegan options abound when you’re Sir Paul McCartney!

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A new theatrical film based on two famous interviews that John Lennon gave a decade apart is set to get its world premiere this week at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas.  Rubber Soul examines Lennon’s dynamic personality and changing beliefs by contrasting recreated conversations that the late Beatles legend and his wife, Yoko Ono, had with Rolling Stone magazine in December 1970 and with Playboy in September 1980.

The movie was written and directed by Jon Lefkowitz, who used transcripts and available audio of the interviews to create the script.  Lennon and Ono’s Rolling Stone interview was conducted by the magazine’s editor and founder Jan Wenner just before the couple’s Plastic Ono Band solo albums were released.  ThePlayboy interview took place while John and Yoko were recording 1980′s Double Fantasy, just a few months be details

Yoko responds to Elbow name-check - Monday, March 10, 2014

Yoko Ono has penned an open letter to Elbow after they name-checked her in their new song ‘New York Morning’. The Elbow lyric goes “Oh, my giddy aunt, New York can talk / It’s the modern Rome and folk are nice to Yoko”. The line has motivated Yoko to ponder about the relationship she and the late John Lennon has and had with NYC.

In a posting on her website she writes: “Dear Guy, Craig, Mark, Pete and Richard, Yes. New York has been kind to me as your song says. Thank you. For John, he always wanted to come and live in this city, ever since he saw Bob Dylan on the famous album cover ['The Freewheelin Bob Dylan']. And I played the catalyst to make his dream come true”. She added: “But in sleepless nights, I am still living in the memory of my sweet husband, who was virtually kicked out of his own country that he loved so dearly and learned to live in this bleak port city just so his woman and he could live in peace. Two sides of the coin. Life is. Have a great time in New York. We loved it. Love, Yoko”.

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Beatles Help! Piano To Be Auctioned - Monday, March 10, 2014

On Thursday Beatles Help! Piano To Be Auctioned was a top story. Here is the recap: (hennemusic) A piano that was used by John Lennon and Paul McCartney during the filming of The Beatles' 1965 film, "Help!", is going up for auction this month in Liverpool.

The 1907 Bechstein Concert Grand piano, which is expected to sell for over £50,000, is part of an auction of over 200 lots of rare Beatles memorabilia and vinyl records to be hosted by Omega Auctions on March 20 at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool; the event coincides with the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles number one hit, "Can't Buy Me Love". Currently owned by the film's director, Richard Lester, the piano was used by the songwriting legends to write the movie's title song. "When the film was being written under the imaginative working title 'Beatles Two', the writers and I wanted to call it 'Help'," explained Lester. "Unfortunately, we were informed by copyright lawyers that someone else had registered that title, so Ringo helpfully offered 'Eight Arms to Hold You' (relating to th details

It’s already been a jet-setting start to the year for Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell who have ticked off France and America as destinations. And on Thursday the couple added to their list of trips as they were spotted getting ready to board a flight from LA back to London.

Not surprisingly the pair have honed the skill of dressing for travelling, looking very sharp as they made their way through the airport. Paul, 71, looked much younger than his years wearing a well-fitted black suit with a white shirt – unbuttoned at the top. Keeping cosy she wore a gold padded jacket, while she wrapped a chiffon scarf around her neck. Her brunette locks, which were particularly shiny, fell loose around her shoulders and she wore simple make-up. On Sunday evening the couple raised eyebrows when they chose to shun the Oscars in favour of a double date with Dave Grohl and his pregnant wife Jordyn Blum. Paul and Dave, 45, had teamed up with Ringo Starr and the other surviving members of Nirvana, bassist Krist Novoselic and to details

A groovy Swinging Sixties exhibition is taking place at Lichfield Museum at St Mary’s in the Market Square. The exhibition features memorabilia from the 1960s – the decade associated with The Beatles, mini skirts and beehive hairstyles.

On show at the museum are records, a collection of psychedelic clothes and nostalgic photographs. The majority of objects that are on display have been loaned by people from Lichfield and are from various parts of the UK. There also some items of clothing from London – the focus of fashion at the time. Peter Griffiths, volunteer at Lichfield Museum said: “The 1960s was such an iconic decade and we are excited to launch this exhibition to show the designs and fashion of the swinging sixties.” The exhibition started on March 3 and will run through until June 30, Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 3.30pm. The display itself is free, but normal entry prices to the museum apply.

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It's 50 years since Australia was rocked by the music phenomenon that was Beatlemania. Now the Fab Four are being celebrated in a Melbourne exhibition, to celebrate the anniversary of their Australian tour.nIt's taken half a century but the spirit of the Beatles is back in all the mop-topped glory.

From newspaper clippings to old records and clothing, an exhibition at the Melbourne Arts Centre seeks to recapture the Beatles revolution, the Fab Four Fever of 1964 when the band spent 13 days touring Australia. At the time there was hysteria on city streets as people were swept away by Beatlemania. Virginia Boon was 16 when the band arrived in Melbourne. "It was an explosion in our lives when they first came, they were just so different to everything else that we'd seen." The boys from Liverpool captured her heart, and together with her older sister Patty, the pair attended a concert. "[It was] crazy, crazy, electric. All the girls screaming." "Everyone tried to rush up and give Paul a great big hug, or John a great big hug." Rock historian Glenn A. Baker says the Beatles u details

As legendary as Paul McCartney is, he's not above picking up the phone and personally thanking a radio programmer for playing songs from his latest album, "New."

Upon calling Jill Weindorf, senior VP of promotion for McCartney's label, Hear Music/Concord Music Group, he learned that McCartney was in Los Angeles shooting a video for "New" track "Early Days" the day before and spent the evening with "friends at dinner," according to Weindorf. Those friends regaled McCartney with stories about KCSN and how it has played cuts from "New," including the title track and second single "Queenie Eye." Impressed by the station's support, McCartney then called the label and asked how he could contact KCSN to say thanks. From there, McCartney and Daniels chatted for more than an hour. Paul's call was so thoughtful, I found myself fighting back tears," Daniels says. "He told us of how his friends all loved the station, and [that] they told him that KCSN was playing a number of songs from 'New' and he simply wanted to say thanks."

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On Friday, April 4th, The Nutopians, the award-winning seven-piece musical ensemble, will celebrate the artistry and genius of the late John Lennon with a special performance at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main Street, Bay Shore NY 11706.

The band will feature songs from their newest CD “Lennon Re-Imagined,” (listen/tracks) a 16-song compilation of originally-performed Lennon-composed masterpieces from his Beatles and solo careers, as well as from their debut “Imagined: Celebrating the Songs of John Lennon,” which won the prestigious Vox Populi Independent Music Award for best tribute album in 2011. Created and led by Elektra and RCA recording artist Rex Fowler of Aztec Two Step and Atlantic recording artist Tom Dean of Devonsquare, the Nutopians were given their name by Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono. “Nutopians” is derived from the couple’s conceptual country, “Nutopia” where John was cleverly seeking diplomatic immunity as its ambassador in 1973 after be details

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