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THE BEATLES ARE ON TOP OF THE BEST SELLING VINYL LIST OF 2017

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In the first half of 2017, vinyl continued to be the only format of music where sales rose, though a quick look at the titles that are performing the best shows that the wax record buyer isn’t necessarily the same person who is watching the chart and keeping up on the biggest hit singles.
The bestselling vinyl album in the first six months of 2017 is: The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The legendary title, widely regarded as one of the best albums ever recorded, is 50 years old this year, and yet the public simply can’t get enough of it. To celebrate half a century, the British band released a remastered, remixed version of one of its most successful full-lengths, and that new item helped Sgt. Pepper’s rise on charts all around the world, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band hit No. 1 on the U.K. albums tally and it broke into the top five yet in United States. Many true Beatles lovers opted to pick up a copy of the newly-updated collection on vinyl, as the record has sold 39,000 copies in the U.S.

The jazzy La La Land soundtrack comes in a close second place, just a few thousand units behind The Beatles. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is in third place.Catalog records make up the rest of the top five, as Bob Marley’s best of collection Legend and Amy Winehouse’s breakout blockbuster Back To Black sit comfortably at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.

The Beatles are the only act that appears twice on this listing, as Abbey Road comes in seventh place, right behind Ed Sheeran’s Divide, which is the bestselling album of 2017 so far (when all formats are taken into consideration), though not the bestselling vinyl album.


PAUL IN MIAMI

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Paul, was seen shaving on a hotel balcony in Miami, hours before his One on One tour performance on Saturday.

Paul recently announced he will tour Australia as a solo artist for the first time since 1993. Paul will commence his tour in Perth on December 2, followed by Melbourne on December 5, Brisbane on December 9 and Sydney on December 11. He will then travel to Auckland.


NEVER BEFORE SEEN PHOTOS SHOW JOHN AND GEORGE REUNITING IN 1971

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The intimate photos were taken by a music executive in a New York apartment where Harrison asked his former bandmate to perform at the Concert for Bangladesh
Candid photographs showing John Lennon and George Harrison reuniting a year after the Beatles split are set to go under the hammer.
The intimate photos were taken by a music executive in a New York apartment where Harrison asked his former bandmate to perform in a landmark charity concert he was putting on for refugees in Bangladesh.
But soon after the pictures were taken things turned sour between the pair, as the meeting sparked a row between Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono.
The pictures were taken by an executive for Apple Records and Decca who worked with Harrison and Lennon on the Beatles’ final album Let It Be.
The pictures were taken in July 1971, a month before the New York Concert for Bangladesh which Harrison organised in aid of refugees caught up in the genocide.
He kept hold of the photos for 46 years but has now decided to put them up for auction, where they are expected to fetch some £3,000.
In one, Lennon can be seen holding up a white John Lennon T-shirt. He is stood next to Harrison who is wearing a Yoko Ono T-shirt underneath his black jacket.
Another snap shows Lennon wearing a T-shirt and jeans, sporting his trademark round glasses as he sits on a sofa reading a newspaper.
Two more images show a smiling Harrison in the hallway and Lennon deep in concentration as he tried his hand at Japanese calligraphy.
Harrison had stipulated it was only Lennon he wanted to perform and not his musician wife, who was partly blamed for causing the Fab Four to break up.
When Lennon initially agreed to this he and Yoko argued before he pulled out of the concert.
Brendan Ryan, auctioneer at Butterscotch Auctions of New York, where the photos are being sold, said: ‘The consignor became involved with the Beatles when the Let It Be project came to New York to be remixed by Phil Spector.
‘He even filled in for Spector at times during his collaborations with John. He told me that John preferred to get to the studio around 6pm, but Spector would always show up at 9pm or later, and so he helped set up the sessions while they were all waiting for Spector to arrive.
‘While he worked with John in the studio, he said that he worked closer with George Harrison and became good friends with him.
‘He was one of the first people to hear All Things Must Pass in full and was instrumental in organising George’s Concert for Bangladesh in 1971.
‘The polaroid pictures are personal photographs taken by him, who was present during this New York meeting between John and George.
‘As such, they are quite rare, intimate images of the bandmates and give insight into how they would spend their free time and socialise.’
Towards the end of his Beatles career Harrison converted to Hinduism and became friends with Indian sita master Ravi Shankar who asked him to put on the benefit concert.
The Concert for Bangladesh was the collective name for two benefit gigs concerts held on August 1, 1971 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
They were organised to raise international awareness and fund relief efforts for refugees from East Pakistan following the Bangladesh Liberation War-related genocide.
Ringo Starr interrupted the filming of his movie Blindman in Spain in order to attend but Paul McCartney declined to take part, citing the bad feelings caused by the Beatles’ legal problems on their break-up.
The photos are being sold on July 16.


WIN TICKETS TO SEE “RAIN” TRIBUTE BAND IN GLASGOW, WALES & PORTSMOUTH

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WIN TICKETS TO THE BROADWAY SMASH HIT MUSICAL “RAIN” COMING TO THE UK FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB ALBUM THIS OCTOBER IN GLASGOW, WALES & PORTSMOUTH.
The fantastic Beatles tribute show RAIN launches in the UK and will be performing in Glasgow on the 1st, Llandudno, on the 2nd & Portsmouth on 4th October, with 4 shows at The London Palladium on 5-7 October where The Beatles performed almost 54 years ago on the same stage!
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Come together and join Rain to celebrate The Beatles 50 years of the greatest albums of all time. ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club’. Expect to see a psychedelic extravaganza featuring your favourite Beatles hits; “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Let It Be,” “Hey Jude” and many more, plus the full Sgt Pepper’s album soundtrack including ‘Lucy In The Sky’, ‘I get by with a little help from my friends” and “When I’m sixty four” performed in full, glorious technicolour with LED screens and high definition multimedia content! The show has been a smash on Broadway, hailed “The next best thing to seeing The Beatles” by Associated Press. http://www.raintribute.com
BEATLES MAGAZINE are giving you a chance to win a pair of tickets for one lucky winner to take along a guest to see this fantastic show. All you have to do is answer this question:
How many weeks did this album remain at number one following its
initial release?
A. 25
B. 26
C. 27
Send email with your answer here: beatlesmagazine@yahoo.com
Results: Sat 22 July, 2017.