Joshua Bote, writing at NPR:
As was the case with They Shall Not Grow Old, which found Jackson reviving a trove of archival World War I footage, the Lord of the Rings filmmaker is mining 55 hours of unreleased footage of the band, using restoration techniques to render it in modern quality. The footage was originally intended for Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 documentary Let it Be.
The Beatles will be releasing a limited edition box set for Christmas. Billboard reports:
[T]hey will be releasing a limited-edition box set of their Christmas holiday messages, originally given only to fan club members on flexi-discs from 1963 to 1969.
The limited edition set will include seven 7-inch colored vinyl singles, one for each of the seven messages. The Christmas records have never been given general release as a set before, though one was made available as part of The Beatles Rock Band video game.
Pre-orders are up on Amazon.
This weekend marked the anniversary of The Beatles’ first U.S. concert, the Washington Post has an oral history:
I never was a screamer. It was all about the music for me. The concert started with some warm-up groups, and I was relieved because I had heard about the screaming that went on in England. And I thought: Nobody’s screaming. This is going to be nice; we’re going to be able to hear them. (Laughs.) When they started playing, you couldn’t hear a thing. It was unbelievably loud, like white noise. I remember the policeman near me stuck bullets in his ears.
A box set of all 12 of George Harrison’s solo studio albums will be released on vinyl on February 24th.
Lego will be releasing an exclusive The Beatles set based around the Yellow Submarine. It’ll be in stores on November 1st and retail for $59.99. The idea came from the company’s crowdsourced website.
The Shins have covered The Beatles’ “The Word” for Netflix’s upcoming animated series “Beat Bugs.”
The Beatles have announced that they will be releasing Live at The Hollywood Bowl this fall. The new version will contain a new master and four additional tracks.
A new, remastered live album containing the Beatles’ performances at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965 will be released this fall. The album, Live at the Hollywood Bowl, coincides with a new documentary by Ron Howard about the band’s early career, dubbed Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years.
Robbie Daw, writing for Idolator:
Rihanna has now spent more weeks at #1 on the main singles chart than the Beatles. Rihanna’s 14 chart-topping songs have racked up 60 weeks at the upper-most spot on the Hot 100, though it took nine years and 11 months do so. (RiRi’s first #1 was “SOS,” which hit the top in May 2006.) The Beatles amassed 20 chart-topping singles on the Hot 100 over a six year and four month period, between February 1964 and June 1970 — all for a cumulative 59 weeks at #1.