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The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl Album To Be Released On September 9th

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Apple Corps Ltd. and Universal Music Group are pleased to announce global release plans for The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl, a new album that captures the joyous exuberance of the band’s three sold-out concerts at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965. A companion to The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, Academy Award-winner Ron Howard’s authorized and highly anticipated documentary feature film about the band’s early career, The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl will be released worldwide on CD and for digital download and streaming on September 9, followed by a 180-gram gatefold vinyl LP on November 18. The album includes a 24-page booklet with an essay by noted music journalist David Fricke, and its cover art features a sunny photo taken on August 22, 1964 by The Beatles’ then-U.S. tour manager, Bob Bonis, as John, Paul, George and Ringo boarded a chartered flight from Seattle Tacoma Airport to Vancouver, BC for their first concert in Canada.

Documenting The Beatles’ Hollywood Bowl concerts on tape was no easy feat, as producer Sir George Martin explained in his album notes for 1977’s The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl:  “The chaos, I might almost say panic, that reigned at these concerts was unbelievable unless you were there. Only three track recording was possible; The Beatles had no ‘fold back’ speakers, so they could not hear what they were singing, and the eternal shriek from 17,000 healthy, young lungs made even a jet plane inaudible.”

While The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl references the long out of print 1977 album, it is an entirely new release, directly sourced from the original three track tapes of the concerts. To preserve the excitement of the shows while unveiling the performances in today’s best available clarity and quality, GRAMMY Award winning producer Giles Martin and GRAMMY Award winning engineer Sam Okell have expertly remixed and mastered the recordings at Abbey Road Studios, including the thirteen tracks from the original album produced by Giles’ father, plus four additional, previously unreleased recordings from the momentous concerts.

“A few years ago Capitol Studios called saying they’d discovered some Hollywood Bowl three track tapes in their archive,” says Giles Martin. “We transferred them and noticed an improvement over the tapes we’ve kept in the London archive. Alongside this I’d been working for some time with a team headed by technical engineer James Clarke on demix technology, the ability to remove and separate sounds from a single track. With Sam Okell, I started work on remixing the Hollywood Bowl tapes. Technology has moved on since my father worked on the material all those years ago. Now there’s improved clarity, and so the immediacy and visceral excitement can be heard like never before. My father’s words still ring true, but what we hear now is the raw energy of four lads playing together to a crowd that loved them. This is the closest you can get to being at the Hollywood Bowl at the height of Beatlemania. We hope you enjoy the show…”

Featuring rare and exclusive footage, Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. The film is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years touches on the band’s Hollywood Bowl concerts and includes footage of the “Boys” performance featured on The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl.

White Horse Pictures’ GRAMMY Award-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci, and Academy Award and Emmy Award-winner Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment are producing with Howard. Apple Corps Ltd.’s Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde are serving as executive producers, along with Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East and Nicholas Ferrall.

Following a world premiere event in London on September 15, the film will roll out theatrically worldwide with release dates set in the U.K., France and Germany (September 15); the U.S., Australia and New Zealand (September 16); and Japan (September 22). In the U.S., Hulu is the presenting partner for Abramorama’s theatrical release of the film, which will be available to stream exclusively to Hulu subscribers beginning September 17.

Track Listing For The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl:

1. Twist and Shout
2. She’s A Woman
3. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
4. Ticket To Ride
5. Can’t Buy Me Love
6. Things We Said Today
7. Roll Over Beethoven
8. Boys
9. A Hard Day’s Night!
10. Help!
11. All My Loving
12. She Loves You
13. Long Tall Sally
14. You Can’t Do That
15. I Want To Hold Your Hand
16. Everybody’s Trying To Be My baby
17. Baby’s In Black

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Beyonce’ Becomes Fastest-Selling iTunes Album Ever

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Beyoncé‘s self-titled, initially iTunes-exclusive album “Beyoncé” has become the iTunes Store’s fastest selling album ever, Apple announced. The company said today that Beyoncé sold 828,773 albums worldwide in its first three days, with 617,213 of those albums sold in the U.S., breaking the iTunes first week album sales record. 

It’s unknown which albums previously held those records, however, Apple has rarely had a global exclusive on an album’s release, and has previously not allowed most albums to be sold solely in album form; the vast majority of albums have been made available alongside individual singles on the day of release.

Beyoncé‘s album notably includes 14 songs and 17 videos, all of which initially must be purchased together in album form rather than as singles. Single sales for the album will begin on December 20, and the album will become available in other stores as a CD+DVD combination before the end of the year.

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Bruce Springsteen’s 18th Studio Album, High Hopes Due On January 14, 2014

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Recorded in New Jersey, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Australia and New York City, Bruce’s new album High Hopes marks his 18th studio release and includes his own liner notes detailing the album’s evolution. 

High Hopes finds Bruce in a number of different musical settings, and includes the members of the E Street Band as well as guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and The Nightwatchman) and many additional players.

Morello joined Bruce and the E Street Band on tour in Australia in March 2013 (sitting in for Steve Van Zandt), and became, as Bruce says, “my muse, pushing the rest of this project to another level.”  Besides his guitar playing on the album, Morello also duets with Bruce on ”The Ghost of Tom Joad.”  Clarence Clemons, who passed away in 2011, and Danny Federici, who passed away in 2008, also appear on several songs of what Springsteen calls “some of our best unreleased material from the past decade.”

Track Listing:

1. High Hopes – Featuring Tom Morello
2. Harry’s Place – Featuring Tom Morello
3. American Skin (41 Shots) – Featuring Tom Morello
4. Just Like Fire Would (Chris J. Bailey) – Featuring Tom Morello
5. Down In The Hole
6. Heaven’s Wall – Featuring Tom Morello
7. Frankie Fell In Love
8. This Is Your Sword
9. Hunter Of Invisible Game – Featuring Tom Morello
10. The Ghost of Tom Joad – Duet with Tom Morello
11. The Wall
12. Dream Baby Dream (Martin Rev and Alan Vega) – Featuring Tom Morello


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U2 Planning April 2014 Record Release Which Will Be Announced With A Super Bowl Commercial

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U2 are planning an April 2014 release for their new album, which they will announce with a commercial during the Super Bowl.

The Irish rockers worked on the album with producer Danger Mouse at Electric Lady Studios in New York. The band has been working on new material since 2011, when they finished the lengthy world tour that supported their 2009 album, No Line on the Horizon.

Bassist Adam Clayton said in June that the band had recorded an “abundance of riches,” which the musicians have been sifting through to make the strongest record possible. “We could make three or four different records and justify that to ourselves, but to make the best record you can, you have to steer away from the ones you can make easily,” he said then. “We’re really trying to get into territory that we’re not comfortable in.”

Last month, Clayton described the songs as a “bit of a return to U2 of old, but with the maturity, if you like, of the U2 of the last 10 years.” At the time, he said the group had selected 12 tracks and were hoping to complete them by the end of November so they could enjoy Christmas.

The upcoming won’t be the only new music U2 have on the way. On November 29th, Black Friday, the band is putting out a 10-inch single containing the new song “Ordinary Love.” The group recorded the track for the upcoming biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The flipside of the vinyl contains a new version of the No Line track “Breathe.”

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John Mayer To Release New Album, Paradise Valley On August 13th, Listen To First Single, Paper Doll Here

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On August 13, John Mayer will release his new album, Paradise Valley. The set, Mayer’s sixth studio album, is the follow-up to 2012′s Born and Raised.

Mayer just released Paradise Valley’s first single, “Paper Doll.” The lyric video features an awe-inspiring Prancercise routine by Joanna Rohrback. Watch it below:

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