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The vinyl revival continued in 2017 — and people clearly needed more Beatles records for their turntables, because the band took the top two spots on the year-end sales chart for the resurgent format.

Billboard reports that vinyl sales hit another peak in 2017, moving 14.32 million units and edging up 9 percent over last year’s previous high. That total represents the largest number of vinyl albums that’s been purchased in a year since 1991 — the year the company’s SoundScan sales data was incorporated into Billboard’s chart methodology, starting a new era in the process.
The year saw healthy vinyl sales for a variety of acts — the report notes that nearly 80 albums in all moved more than 20,000 units in the format — but the top of the charts remains unsurprisingly skewed toward rock. The Beatles took the top two spots, with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band selling 72,000 copies and Abbey Road close behind with 66,000 copies.
All in all, vinyl accounted for 8.5 percent of all album sales in 2017 — a two-percent jump over 2016 — and grew to 14 percent of all physical sales, up from 11 percent the year before. The format continued to be a bright spot in a changing market, shoring up numbers as consumers migrated away from digital album sales (down 19.6 percent) and toward streaming (up a whopping 50 percent, according to a report published by data firm BuzzAngle Music).

2017’s Top Selling Vinyl Albums
1. The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 72,000 copies
2. The Beatles, Abbey Road – 66,000
3. Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 – 62,000
4. Ed Sheeran, Divide – 62,000
5. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black – 58,000
6. Prince, Purple Rain (Soundtrack) – 58,000
7. Bob Marley and the Wailers, Legend: The Best of… – 56,000
8. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon – 54,000
9. Soundtrack, La La Land – 49,000
10. Michael Jackson, Thriller – 49,000


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Tony Calder (below left) partnered with Andrew Loog Oldham (right) to form IMAGE, Immediate Records

Pioneering British music promoter, manager and PR agent Tony Calder, best known for his work with groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, died on Jan. 2 at the age of 74, according to reports. His innovative methods helped promote many of the U.K.’s largest acts for more than 50 years.

Calder started his career in the early ’60s at Decca Records where he met his eventual business partner, famed Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham. In his time at Decca Calder met and worked with Brian Epstein, Seymour Stein and the Beatles. And, in 1962, he was assigned to promote the Fab Four’s first single “Love Me Do.” He sent hundreds of copies of the single to clubs, forcing record stores to stock the single and helping kick-start one of history’s most significant musical movements.

A year later, Calder and Oldham started IMAGE, an independent PR company that handled management for the Rolling Stones and eventually promoted the Beach Boys and Freddie and the Dreamers. The partners also formed one of the U.K.’s first and most controversial independent labels, Immediate Records. They signed artists such as Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac and Small Faces before shuttering in 1970, but remained at the center of a number of legal battles over unpaid royalties for decades.

In 1965 Calder undertook his sole venture into production when he stepped in for Oldham to work with Marianne Faithfull, producing two of her hits, “Come and Stay With Me” and “This Little Bird,” which reached 4th and 6th on the U.K. charts.

In the ’70s Calder signed groups like the Bay City Rollers and Black Sabbath, and eventually managed Eddy Grant for the most successful period of his career, eventually helping form Grant’s label — Ice Records. It is Calder who is credited with saving Grant’s “I Don’t Wanna Dance” from being a forgotten demo when he pushed for its release as a single.

Through the ’80s and ’90s Calder remained ever-present in the industry, forming the Big Wave group in ’88 and promoting three consecutive U.K. number ones for Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers. In 1994 he paired once again with Oldham when the two wrote the biography “Abba: The Name of the Game.” Calder finished his career with a return stint as Eddy Grant’s manager.

According to reports, Calder died of complications from pneumonia at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.


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“I Want To Hold Your Hand” number 1, fourth week (UK Record Retailer).

“Beatles Christmas Show”, at the Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, London.

Beatles For Sale number 1, 3rd week (UK Record Retailer).

“I Feel Fine” number 1, 2nd week (US Billboard).

“Another Beatles Christmas Show” at the Hammersmith Odeon, London (two performances).

Studio 2 (control room only). 2:30-4:00pm. Tape copying: “When I’m Sixty-Four” (of remix mono 8); “Strawberry Fields Forever” (of remix mono 12). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Phil McDonald. Copies of “When I’m Sixty-Four” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” for the US.

Ringo and Maureen fly home to Liverpool to visit family with sons Zak and Jason, and her poodle Tiger.

Meeting at Twickenham Film Studios to begin rehearsals of new songs for an (eventual) TV live show, for worldwide transmision. The rehearsals are filmed. Start of “Let It Be” shooting. 1st session of Glyn Johns as Beatles engineer.

Ray Coleman interviews John about problems in Apple.

At the Kolnischer Kunstverein in Cologne, West Germany, the exhibition of Yoko’s work “Happening And Fluxus” is shown.

All Thing Must Pass nº 1, 1st week (US Billboard)/”My Sweet Lord” nº 1, second week (US Billboard)

Judge Richard Owen, of the US District Court, allows John and his lawyer access to the process of deportation against him, under certain conditions.

In Los Angeles, an exhibition of Linda’s photographs is on display at the Jan Baum and Iris Silverman Gallery.

UK premiere of Ringo’s US TV special “Ringo”.

In Los Angeles, the Linda exhibition “Photographs” is displayed at the Molly Barnes Gallery.

The “Beatle City” exhibition runs at the West End marketplace in Dallas, Texas.

Paul’s performs in concert at the NEC International Arena, Birmingham (“Get Back Tour”).

At the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, Yoko’s art exhibition “Have You Seen The Horizon Lately” is on display.

In Washington, D.C., an exhibition of Beatles photographs taken by Harry Benson is on display at the Govinda Gallery.

In Tampa, Florida, the exhibition of Linda’s pictures entitled “Sixties” is on display at the Tampa Museum of Art.

Cristin Keleher, who once broke into George Harrison’s Hawaii home, was found dead after an apparent murder-suicide in California, aged 34.


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Dear Beatle friends:
Wishing you a Happy New Year with hope that you will have many blessings in the year to come, may you be happy the whole year through. Happy New Year 2018!
Ring out the old,
ring in the new,
Ding Dong, Ding Dong, George Harrison
All the best,
#thebeatles #beatles


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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has beefed up its Beatles exhibit with some never-before-displayed artifacts related to the Fab Four.

Watching various Beatles artifacts “Come Together” is what told the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame the time was right to update its Fab Four exhibition. Specifically, over the last year, the venue received an Archibald Ramsden upright piano Paul McCartney and John Lennon used to write some of The Beatles’ most-iconic songs, as well as the latter’s Hofner Senator electric guitar.

“We’ve had tremendous growth in the last couple of years, where we’ve freshened up the experience,” Rock Hall VP of Marketing and Communications Todd Mesek said. “It’s not just about artifacts, but it’s about connecting the legacy artists and the inductees. It’s about telling the story and not just to explain things. “Now we have these new Beatles artifacts, as well as a great collection of stuff that’s either on display or in the vault. So we had these things come together.”

Additional items featured in the exhibit include drumsticks used by Ringo Starr during the Beatles’ 1964 concert at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, a suit worn by George during the Beatles’ 1966 tour and Paul’s musical score/notes for “Birthday.”

“We’ve always had a significant Beatles exhibit, for obvious reasons,” Mesek said. “They’re so big and impactful. And this is still one of the biggest displays of Beatles memorabilia, but to see this stuff that’s never been on display before is incredibly important for us.”

Regarding the prized piano, Paul played it after he moved in with girlfriend Jane Asher at her parents’ home in central London. The piano was located in the basement music room. It’s where Lennon and McCartney composed songs such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “And I Love Her,” “We Can Work It Out,” “Got to Get You Into My Life” and “Eleanor Rigby.”

Eventually, Asher’s younger brother, Peter — of pop music vocal duo Peter & Gordon — owned the piano.

“As for the Hofner Senator guitar, in the early days of The Beatles, when they were in Germany, it was Lennon’s kind of go-to daily practice studio-composition instrument he always had with him,” Mesek said. “So that paints a picture, too. These are items that have never been on display before.”

After celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, the Rock Hall has spent the last two years redefining its next chapter by rebranding the popular tourist destination, which annually attracts more than 400,000 visitors. That included moving the café to the first floor and this past summer the debut of “The Power of Rock Experience” film, which can be screened in the revamped Connor Theater featuring arena-quality sound, huge video screens and fan interactivity.

“The next significant phase is the third floor will become the entire Hall of Fame,” Mesek said. “We’ll have a representation of all of the inductees. No matter who is your favorite artist is, you’ll see some representation. “It’ll also connect to the ‘Power of Rock Experience.’ There will be some interactive elements. That’s coming in April, just in time for the inductions. So, overall, it’s a multi-year, multimillion dollar transformation that will broaden that experience.”

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day but Wednesday, when it is open until 9 p.m.

Where: 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland.