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The Beatles

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The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960, that comprised John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They are regarded as the most influential band of all time and were integral to the development of 1960s counterculture and popular music's recognition as an art form. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock 'n' roll, their sound incorporated elements of classical music and traditional pop in innovative ways; the band also explored music styles ranging from folk and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock. As pioneers in recording, songwriting and artistic presentation, the Beatles revolutionised many aspects of the music industry and were often publicised as leaders of the era's youth and sociocultural movements.Led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the Beatles evolved from Lennon's previous group, the Quarrymen, and built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over three years from 1960, initially with Stuart Sutcliffe playing bass. The core trio of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, together since 1958, went through a succession of drummers, including Pete Best, before asking Starr to join them in 1962. Manager Brian Epstein moulded them into a professional act, and producer George Martin guided and developed their recordings, greatly expanding their domestic success after signing to EMI Records and achieving their first hit, "Love Me Do", in late 1962. As their popularity grew into the intense fan frenzy dubbed "Beatlemania", the band acquired the nickname "the Fab Four", with Epstein, Martin or another member of the band's entourage sometimes informally referred to as a "fifth Beatle".

By early 1964, the Beatles were international stars and had achieved unprecedented levels of critical and commercial success. They became a leading force in Britain's cultural resurgence, ushering in the British Invasion of the United States pop market, and soon made their film debut with A Hard Day's Night (1964). A growing desire to refine their studio efforts, coupled with the untenable nature of their concert tours, led to the band's retirement from live performances in 1966. At this time, they produced records of greater sophistication, including the albums Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966) and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), and enjoyed further commercial success with The Beatles (also known as "the White Album", 1968) and Abbey Road (1969). The success of these records heralded the album era, as albums became the dominant form of record consumption over singles; they also increased public interest in psychedelic drugs and Eastern spirituality, and furthered advancements in electronic music, album art and music videos. In 1968, they founded Apple Corps, a multi-armed multimedia corporation that continues to oversee projects related to the band's legacy. After the group's break-up in 1970, all principal former members enjoyed success as solo artists and some partial reunions have occurred. Lennon was murdered in 1980 and Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001. McCartney and Starr remain musically active.

The Beatles are the best-selling music act of all time, with estimated sales of 600 million units worldwide. They hold the record for most number-one albums on the UK Albums Chart (15), most number-one hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart (20), and most singles sold in the UK (21.9 million). The band received many accolades, including seven Grammy Awards, four Brit Awards, an Academy Award (for Best Original Song Score for the 1970 documentary film Let It Be) and fifteen Ivor Novello Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and each principal member was inducted individually between 1994 and 2015. In 2004 and 2011, the group topped Rolling Stone's lists of the greatest artists in history. Time magazine named them among the 20th century's 100 most important people.

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November 5, 2022

Taylor Swift beats The Beatles to score UK chart double for second week

'Midnights' beat the 'Revolver' reissue to the albums top spot, with 'Anti-Hero' still the Number One single The post Taylor Swift beats The Beatles to score UK chart double for second week appeared first on NME.

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November 3, 2022

The UK’s most-streamed songs of 1952 to 2022 have been revealed

Arctic Monkeys, Dolly Parton, Nirvana, Radiohead, The Beatles, Adele and many more all feature in the special chart The post The UK’s most-streamed songs of 1952 to 2022 have been revealed appeared first on NME.

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October 27, 2022

Noel Gallagher on The Beatles’ cultural power: “They’re a level above”

Gallagher was speaking about the legacy of the band ahead of the reissue of 'Revolver' The post Noel Gallagher on The Beatles’ cultural power: “They’re a level above” appeared first on NME.

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October 25, 2022

The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ Box Set Pulls Back the Curtain on the Fab Four’s Shared Genius

With stunning new stereo mixes and extensive outtakes documenting the journey of each song, the compendium captures John, Paul, George, and Ringo at the peak of their collective power

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October 21, 2022

Hear John Lennon’s melancholic outtake of The Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine’ from ‘Revolver’ reissue

It sounds worlds away from the upbeat original The post Hear John Lennon’s melancholic outtake of The Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine’ from ‘Revolver’ reissue appeared first on NME.

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October 14, 2022

Watch the trailer for ‘Let There Be Drums!’ featuring Taylor Hawkins’ last known interview

Drummers from bands like The Beatles, Green Day, The Police and Red Hot Chilli Peppers will also appear in the documentary The post Watch the trailer for ‘Let There Be Drums!’ featuring Taylor Hawkins’ last known interview appeared first on NME.

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October 10, 2022

Wombles songwriter destroys master tapes to avoid The Beatles-style remasters

“Do you think the Eagles would want ‘Hotel California’ remixed when they’re dead and gone? What’s wrong with it as it is?” The post Wombles songwriter destroys master tapes to avoid The Beatles-style remasters appeared first on NME.

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September 30, 2022

Listen to ‘Take 1′ of The Beatles’ ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’

The track features on a new special deluxe edition of 'Revolver' The post Listen to ‘Take 1′ of The Beatles’ ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ appeared first on NME.

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September 20, 2022

Robbie Williams Sets Record With 14th U.K. No. 1 Album

Only one act -- The Beatles -- has landed more U.K. No. 1s than Robbie Williams.

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September 15, 2022

Songs About the Queen Are Spiking In Popularity Due to Streaming | Billboard News

Songs by The Smiths, The Beatles and the Sex Pistols are all up hundreds of percent following the death of Queen Elizabeth.

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September 14, 2022

Trending Up: ‘Queen’ Songs Rule on Streaming, The Weeknd Turns Back the Clock at Radio & Tyler Childers Gets ‘All’ Up on TikTok

Songs by The Smiths, The Beatles and the Sex Pistols are all up hundreds of percent following the death of Queen Elizabeth.

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September 9, 2022

Watch Pearl Jam cover The Beatles’ ‘Her Majesty’ to honour the Queen

The Seattle band paid tribute to the monarch at their gig in Toronto The post Watch Pearl Jam cover The Beatles’ ‘Her Majesty’ to honour the Queen appeared first on NME.

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September 9, 2022

Paul McCartney recalls first time meeting “down to earth” Queen

The Beatles star won an essay competition for the Queen's coronation at the age of 10 The post Paul McCartney recalls first time meeting “down to earth” Queen appeared first on NME.

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September 7, 2022

The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ special edition to be released next month

Get the full details of the newly mixed and expanded special edition here The post The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ special edition to be released next month appeared first on NME.

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September 7, 2022

The Beatles’ Unheard ‘Revolver’: An Exclusive Preview of A Blockbuster Archival Release

A new Super Deluxe Edition of their psychedelic 1966 classic is packed with revelations. Here's a first look at what's inside.

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September 5, 2022

The Beatles and Adele lead winners at 2022 Creative Arts Emmys

Lizzo, Eminem, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg and 'Stranger Things' also picked up prizes at this year's LA ceremony The post The Beatles and Adele lead winners at 2022 Creative Arts Emmys appeared first on NME.

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September 4, 2022

Emmys 2022: The Beatles: Get Back Wins Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

Peter Jackson’s limited series for Disney+ won five awards, including Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program

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September 4, 2022

Super Bowl Halftime Show, Adele, ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ & Other Big Winners at 2022 Creative Arts Emmys 

'Adele: One Night Only' won five awards, including outstanding variety special (pre-recorded).

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August 30, 2022

Deluxe boxset of The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ to be released

It will follow on from deluxe reissues of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, ‘White Album, ‘Abbey Road’ and ‘Let It Be’ The post Deluxe boxset of The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ to be released appeared first on NME.

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August 26, 2022

Every MTV VMA Video Vanguard Award Winner: From The Beatles to Nicki Minaj

The "Super Freaky Girl" rapper is the latest Video Vanguard honoree. Here are all the artists who came before her.

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August 17, 2022

BlackPink Teases ‘Pink Venom’, Zayn Sings 1D Songs, Drake Breaks Hot 100 Record & More | Billboard News

BlackPink teases their latest music video for their highly anticipated ‘Pink Venom’, Zayn Malik sings one songs from One Direction, Drake breaks a record held by The Beatles and more!

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August 16, 2022

Drake Reacts to Passing The Beatles’ Hot 100 Record: ‘Broke My Records for the Month’

DJ Khaled’s “Staying Alive,” featuring Drake and Lil Baby, debuted at No. 5 on the Aug. 20-dated Hot 100 chart.

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August 16, 2022

Drake breaks The Beatles’ record for most Top Five singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

As the ‘Hotline Bling’ hitmaker rapped just a few years back, “I got more slaps than the Beatles” The post Drake breaks The Beatles’ record for most Top Five singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart appeared first on NME.

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August 15, 2022

Here Are All the Hot 100 Records That Drake Has (And Hasn’t) Broken

Thanks to his new collab with DJ Khaled and Lil Baby, he passes The Beatles for the most top five hits in the Hot 100's history.

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August 8, 2022

Bert Fields, Powerhouse Hollywood Lawyer, Dies at 93

The dean of the entertainment bar, he represented many music figures including David Geffen, Michael Jackson, The Beatles and Madonna.

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June 25, 2022

Billie Eilish on Paul McCartney: “The Beatles were what raised me”

“My name next to theirs and being on the same level as them… it’s bonkers” The post Billie Eilish on Paul McCartney: “The Beatles were what raised me” appeared first on NME.

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June 17, 2022

Watch Paul McCartney team up with Bruce Springsteen to perform ‘Glory Days’ and ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’

Jon Bon Jovi also sang 'Happy Birthday' to The Beatles icon as he wrapped up his US tour The post Watch Paul McCartney team up with Bruce Springsteen to perform ‘Glory Days’ and ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ appeared first on NME.

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June 10, 2022

Watch The Rolling Stones cover The Beatles’ ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ in Liverpool

It marked the first time they’d played it live since 2012 The post Watch The Rolling Stones cover The Beatles’ ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ in Liverpool appeared first on NME.

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May 31, 2022

Harry Styles Reaches No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 & ‘Harry’s House’ Debuts At No. 1 on Billboard 200 | Billboard News

‘Harry House’ has the largest week of 2022 for any album and Styles joins The Beatles as the only British acts ever with four concurrent Hot 100 top 10s.

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May 31, 2022

Harry Styles Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 With ‘As It Was,’ Debuts 3 Songs in Top 10

Styles joins The Beatles as the only British acts ever with four concurrent Hot 100 top 10s, as his new album 'Harry's House' launches with the biggest week for a set this year.

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Discs

Revolver (Super Deluxe)

October 28, 2022

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Get Back (Rooftop Performance)

January 28, 2022

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Let It Be (Super Deluxe)

October 15, 2021

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Abbey Road (Super Deluxe Edition)

September 27, 2019

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The Beatles

November 9, 2018

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Live At The Hollywood Bowl

September 9, 2016

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Yellow Submarine Songtrack

January 1, 2014

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Let It Be... Naked (Remastered)

January 1, 2014

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On Air - Live At The BBC (Vol.2)

November 11, 2013

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1 (Remastered)

November 13, 2000

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Live At The BBC (Remastered)

November 30, 1994

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Let It Be (Remastered)

May 8, 1970

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Abbey Road (Remastered)

September 26, 1969

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Yellow Submarine (Remastered)

January 17, 1969

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The Beatles (Remastered)

November 22, 1968

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Magical Mystery Tour (Remastered)

November 27, 1967

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Remastered)

June 1, 1967

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Deluxe Edition)

June 1, 1967

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Super Deluxe Edition)

May 26, 1967

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Revolver (Remastered)

August 5, 1966

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Rubber Soul (Remastered)

December 3, 1965

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Help! (Remastered)

August 6, 1965

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Beatles For Sale (Remastered)

December 4, 1964

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A Hard Day's Night (Remastered)

July 10, 1964

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With The Beatles (Remastered)

November 22, 1963

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Please Please Me (Remastered)

March 22, 1963

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