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Philatelists rejoice: The U.S. Postal Service will unravel several lines of celebrity-adorned stamps over the next two years, with subjects ranging from Apple founder Steve Jobs to gay rights activist Harvey Milk. It will also be offering numerous music-related stamps, including Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix this year and a James Brown stamp next year. 2015 will also see a re-release of Elvis Presley's 29-cent tribute from 1993 — the Postal Service's best-selling stamp ever — according to The Washington Post. A stamp for John Lennon has been planned for an as-yet-unannounced date.

As published in a missive by the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee (via the Post), this year will also see the arrival of stamps honoring NBA champ Wilt Chamberlain, undisclosed celebrity chefs, "America's Most Loved Pets" and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Next year, the Postal Service will release stamps for Johnny Carson, Ingrid Bergman and the gang from  details

A teenager from Metro Detroit won this month the John Lennon Songwriting Contest's "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE" Valentine's Day competition. "LOVE, LOVE LOVE" is part of the annual contest named for The Beatles member and is considered a prestigious international competition.

Olivia Millerschin, 18, of Rochester Hills, is this year's winner and wrote a song called "Screw Valentines Day" that was judges by Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, George Clinton, Prince Royce and others. Following a key selection process, Millerschin's Valentine's Day-themed song was chosen among countless entries based on melody, composition, originality, and lyrics. The winning composition was deemed the Grand Prize winner, with Millerschin receiving an Epiphone John Lennon Casino guitar, Neutrik custom John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Cable, and JamHub BedRoom. In addition, Millerschin received an automatic, inclusive entry into Session I of this year's JLSC that officially began on Feb. 14. An international songwriting contest launched in 1997, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest is open details

"One, two, three, FOUR!" Never has a foreign invasion of a country's culture been announced in such a way. But so it was when American disc jockeys began playing the B-side of a 45 rpm record by a popular British rock 'n' roll quartet in January 1964. The radio release of The Beatles' Capitol recording of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" backed by "I Saw Her Standing There" - some weeks before the record company planned as the story goes - touched off a revolution that permeated everyday life in America and remains permanently ingrained in our culture five decades later.

In commemoration of the Fab Four's first American performance on the Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964, and all that followed, the Harford County Public Library has Beatles-themed events planned starting this month and lasting through the spring to examine the group's influence and give Beatlemaniacs of all ages an opportunity to remember and learn. The first was Sunday at the Jarrettsville branch when "Is Paul Dead?" was presented by Beatles historian Joel Glazier. None of details

She came in through the bathroom window. No. Really. She did. Emma Eldredge, a 63-year-old retired nurse from Gloucester, England, is remembering the time she broke into Paul McCartney's London house in early 1969 and stole a pair of the great man's trousers. "I just did it to have a look," she says, matter of factly.

There are Beliebers, One Directioners, Miley Cyrus’s Smilers and Beyoncés Beyhive. There have been Blockheads and Duranies. But there will never, ever be any group of fans as legendary and as sweetly original as the Beatles' most devoted admirers, the Apple Scruffs. Because not only did the Apple Scruffs follow the most celebrated and innovative musical foursome that pop music has produced, they helped keep the band sane. During the sad last days of the Beatles, there was always the constant, devoted enthusiasm of the Scruffs, lurking outside the band's doors. "In some strange way," recalled Beatles press officer Derek Tayor before his death in 1997, "the Scruffs helped the Beatles by becoming a sort of daily interface details

Mills wins legal battle against publicist - Thursday, February 20, 2014

Michele Blanchard agreed to accept a reduced fee to represent the former model in 2007 after Mills told her she could no longer afford to pay her $5,000 (£3,100)-a-month fee, but when her client scored a $39 million (£24.3 million) divorce settlement from McCartney, the PR felt she deserved the full amount backdated.

Mills refused to pay the final invoice for $168,000 (£105,000), which included the money she thought she had saved, and the two women publicly fell out. Blanchard filed a lawsuit claiming her former client had intentionally misrepresented her financial situation, but U.S judges at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have ruled in Mills' favour, claiming that the evidence Blanchard presented to support her claim was not enough. They also dismissed Blanchard's allegations that Mills had promised to pay her, ruling: "A promise to do something in the future can give rise to fraud when the promise is made with no intention to perform. "But Mills' statement is too vague to support a concrete promise to pay Blanchard $5,000 per month for futur details

Yoko Ono exemplifies staying hip at any age - Thursday, February 20, 2014

If you watched the Beatles' 50th anniversary special last week, you couldn't miss Yoko Ono. John Lennon's widow sat in the front row at the live tribute alongside her son, Sean, and she seemed to be enjoying the heck out of it. She wore a black top with a plunging neckline and a brimmed hat that she kept on throughout the show. She rose from her seat frequently to dance, showing off moves that a much younger woman might envy.

Yoko turned 81 on Tuesday. Last year, at 80, she put out a new CD with her Plastic Ono Band and vamped it up in a music video for the song "Bad Dancer," dressed in seamed black stockings and a leotard tux — very Marlene Dietrich. Also in 2013, she mounted a major retrospective of her art in Australia and installed the Imagine Peace tower in Iceland. All I can say is, wow. I never paid Yoko much mind, one way or the other, back in the day. But suddenly, I find myself watching her raptly for clues about how to stay hip while approaching one's "old lady" years. In an int details

He may not be a household name, but over the last few decades Mark Rivera has toured and recorded with some of the biggest stars in music. Since 1982, the multitalented musician has been the saxophone player in Billy Joel‘s backing group and he also serves as music director of the current edition of Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band.

Rivera’s also contributed to well-known recordings by Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, Foreigner and Hall & Oates, but he’d never released an album of his own…until now.  Mark’s debut studio effort, Common Bond, hits stores today and it features guest appearances from Starr and Joel, as well as a few other famous artists. The 10-track album features seven songs co-written by Rivera, plus covers of Jimi Hendrix‘s “Spanish Castle Magic” and the 1970 Fleetwood Mac tune “Tell Me All the Things You Do.”  In addition to showcasing his saxophone skills, Mark also displays his talents as a si details

Sir Paul McCartney is being celebrated by fellow songwriters with a special one-off prize at the NME Awards recognising his contribution to music over the past half century. The music weekly has chosen to honour him after approaching a number of musicians who were united in naming him as being unmatchable in his craft.

He is to attend the event, to be staged on February 26 at London’s O2 Academy in Brixton, to collect his Songwriter’s Songwriter award. NME editor Mike Williams said: “We’ve spoken to the biggest and best musicians around, and they’ve told us Paul McCartney is the world’s ultimate songwriter. Paul’s enduring and stunning talent is worth celebrating, and I’m incredibly honoured that NME are giving him the special, one-of-its-kind Songwriter’s Songwriter award to recognise that.” Another honorary prize will go to Belle & Sebastian, who have been chosen for the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award.

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An exclusive hair salon has fallen out with Sir Paul McCartney over its secret formula for his hair dye. The Beatle , 71, started visiting Guy Thomas in New York in 2004 after his then-wife Heather Mills allegedly criticised his hairdo.

Guy said Sir Paul liked to save paying salon prices of at least £120 by dying his hair himself with a product from a chemist but Heather was worried as “people were making fun of the colour”. He started cutting the star’s hair but claimed he was later asked for the formula for a special hair dye developed for the Fab Four legend – who started going elsewhere. The stylist told the New York Daily News: “The colour is a mess. People ask us, ‘Is that your work?’” Sir Paul’s spokesman declined to comment.

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$16,488 for Rare 1964 Beatles Ticket - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

In an ironic twist. A snowstorm which happened in Washington D.C. fifty-years-ago, has helped to fetch a once disappointed Beatles fan $16,488 for their ($3) unused concert ticket, on eBay.

In the sellers words (from the eBay description); "I bought this ticket but due to a snowstorm the day before the concert, my parents would not let their 17 year old son drive 35 miles in the family car to DC. The ticket has been stored in an envelope in a safe for the last 50 years. Condition is excellent." Rare early Beatles items are some of the hottest collectibles in the marketplace today, often fetching staggering amounts. Last year (March, 2013) a rare copy of The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), signed by all four band members, sold for $290,500. Breaking the world record for the most expensive record sold at that time. Finding an original unused 1964 concert ticket in excellent condition, is one of those things that creates a lot of interest among collectors. As this one did.

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