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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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Collector's Edition of "Wonderwall," 1968 - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A new Collector’s Edition of Wonderwall, a 1968 psychedelic film that features a score composed by George Harrison, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 25.  The movie focuses on a reclusive professor who’s obsessed with the couple who lives next door, a model named Penny Lane and her photographer boyfriend, and winds up embarking on a surreal journey of self-discovery.

Harrison recorded the music for Wonderwall with a variety of musicians, including his Beatles band mate Ringo Starr and his good friend Eric Clapton.  The movie’s soundtrack, which was released under the titleWonderwall Music, was George’s first solo album.  The film’s cast features British actress/singer Jane Birkin and Anita Pallenberg, the Italian-born actress and model who had a long-term relationship with The Rolling Stones‘ Keith Richards during the late 1960s and ’70s details

The Beatles Gain After CBS Special - Monday, February 17, 2014

This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the new "Now 49" compilation took over at No. 1, bumping the "Frozen" soundtrack down to No. 2 after four nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. The "Now 49" set marked just the 24th compilation to hit No. 1 on the list, and, of those 24, a full 17 of them were "Now" albums. 

 The Beatles, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" - No. 132 - Following CBS' airing of the all-star concert "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles" on Feb. 9, the band's catalog gets a lift. This album, for example, is up 38% while the greatest hits album "1" at No. 37 rises by 91%. In total, there are eight albums by the Beatles on the chart this week. Watch for further gains on next week's tally, as CBS repeated the concert on Feb. 12.

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Raft of broadcasters buy Beatles special - Monday, February 17, 2014

A raft of international broadcasters have acquired The Beatles: The Night that Changed America – A Grammy Salute, a two and half hour special celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band’s appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

The special went out on CBS in the US, the same network that ran the Ed Sullivan talkshow on which The Beatles gave their groundbreaking and historic performance. Their appearance on the show was incredibly popular with 74 million viewers tuning in. The new show generated 14 million viewers for CBS when it was aired last Sunday (February 9). In the special band members Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr perform Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, With A Little Help From My Friends and Hey Jude and other stars perform Beatles tributes including Dave Grohl, Eurythmics, Alicia Keys and Pharell Williams.. Alfred Haber is on international sales duty and in Europe has shopped the special to Canal+’s D8 channel in France, SVT in Sweden and TVR in Romania.

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Photos and video of the charity fundraising party held in Brentwood during the Beatles first trip to Los Angeles in August 1964 have been slowly emerging. Now Alison Martino has posted perhaps the most fun picture yet, at her Vintage Los Angeles page on Facebook.

The photo is from her friend Bonnie Cowan Fleming, whose father Warren Cowan did the PR for the Beatles trip, Martino says. She named seventeen of the guests, including John, Paul, George and Ringo and members of the entourage such as Brian Epstein and Neil Espinall. There has been a lot of media electrons expended on Sunday night's 50th anniversary of the Beatles appearing for the first time on "The Ed Sullivan Show." I heard mixed reviews of the CBS special tonight — it didn't attract me, that's for sure. Couple of walks down memory lane to check out: 

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It was 50 years ago this month when the Beatles first came to America; and their impact, much more than just musical, is still felt a half century later — around the world. The Beatles arrived in New York on Feb. 7, 1964, in preparation for their first US performance on the Ed Sullivan show two days later.
They played their first concert on US soil Feb. 11 at the Washington Coliseum in the nation’s capitol, and then performed again on the Ed Sullivan Show, on consecutive Sundays, from the Deauville Hotel in Miami, Fla., on Feb. 16. Songs the Beatles recorded when performing their first Ed Sullivan Show, were then broadcast on the CBS program Feb. 23, placing the Fab Four in front of American television viewers for the third straight week. Neosho’s Steve Kenny was a pre-teen when the Beatles splashed onto his television screen. “I was in my living room, and there was a lot of anticipation, because we weren’t regular Ed Sullivan watchers,” he said. “It was more than I expected. Kenny, a musician who has performe details

Beatlemania continues in our area in the wake of the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. Ringo Starr’s tour will make a stop this summer in Williamsport. The tickets went on sale Friday morning people lined up bright and early to get their tickets.

More than 100 people filled the lobby of the Community Arts Center in Williamsport to buy tickets to see Ringo Starr. “This is pretty big for me. If you’re a Beatles fan and never saw any of them.  The closest I ever came was I saw the group called Rain,” said Bob Hemrick, referring to a Beatles tribute band. Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band are scheduled to come to Williamsport on June 8. From 9 a.m. until 10 a.m., the tickets were only available at the arts center box office on West Fourth Street.  Some people say they started waiting in line at 3 a.m. Williamsport is Ringo Starr’s only tour stop in Pennsylvania and with just 2,200 seats inside the theater, people say they wanted to make sure they got their tickets right away. “I can&rsq details

Beatles Help! jackets to be auctioned - Saturday, February 15, 2014

Jackets worn by George Harrison and Ringo Starr in The Beatles' 1965 film Help! are being put up for sale. The jackets also appear on the iconic album cover of the film's soundtrack. The comedy drama was directed by Richard Lester and the jackets are from his private collection.

They are part of an auction of more than 200 lots of rare Beatles memorabilia and are expected to be sold for more than £50,000 by Omega Auctions in Liverpool next month. The Help! film saw the group come up against an evil cult and fleeing to the Austrian Alps to seek refuge and Harrison and Starr wore the jackets throughout the five days of filming that took place in the Alps. Lester, 82, also directed The Beatles' first film A Hard Day's Night. Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: "As Beatles clothing goes, these have got to be amongst the Holy Grail for any Beatles collector. "They feature on one of their most recognisable album covers and I have a feeling these could really fly off the block." The sale, which will also include a large details

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