The Beatles - Rare Photographs Of The Beatles Up For Auction

Rare photographs capturing The Beatles' record-breaking sell-out gig at Shea Stadium in New York are to hit the auction block later this month (Mar13).

Only two photographers were granted access to the stage area while the Fab Four were performing the 1965 concert - Robert Whitaker ran out of film during the show, so the majority of the images were snapped by amateur Marc Weinstein, who bluffed his way through security.

A collection of 61 of Weinstein's iconic images will now be auctioned for an estimated $22,560-$30,000 (£15,000-£20,000) at a sale in Stockport, England.

Karen Fairweather from Omega Auctions tells Britain's The Times newspaper, "We believe there are just nine surviving photos from the only other photographer backstage, so this collection is a unique depiction of a momentous occasion."

The auction will take place on 22 March (13) to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of the band's first album Please Please Me.

The Beatles' gig at Shea Stadium was the opening concert of the band's 1965 North American tour and broke records for audience attendance numbers.


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Guess Which Insects Have Killed the George Harrison Memorial Tree? 4297729 News

A tree planted in tribute to former Beatles guitarist George Harrison has died after being infested by...beetles. The pine tree was planted in Los Angeles' Griffith Park in 2004, three years after the musician's death.

George HarrisonGeorge Harrison in 1965 [Getty/Keystone]

Council officer Tom LaBonge told the Los Angeles Times that the tree had grown to more than 10 feet tall, but that an infestation of beetles had overwhelmed it. A new tree will be planted at a date yet to be announced.

A plaque at the base of the pine tree read: "In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener." 

It also quoted the singer-songwriting, who said: "For the forests to be green, each tree must be green."

George Harrison 1967George Harrison in 1967 [Getty/John Williams]

Harrison died in 2001, aged 58, from lung cancer. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in India. He was known to be a keen gardener.

Last year, a blue plaque was unveiled in London for Harrison and his fellow Beatle John Lennon. The tribute at 94 Baker Street is the site of the now dissolved Apple Boutique clothing store.

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A tree planted in tribute to former Beatles guitarist George Harrison has died after being infested by...beetles. The pine tree was planted in Los Angeles' Griffith Park in 2004, three years after the musician's death.

George HarrisonGeorge Harrison in 1965 [Getty/Keystone]

Council officer Tom LaBonge told the Los Angeles Times that the tree had grown to more than 10 feet tall, but that an infestation of beetles had overwhelmed it. A new tree will be planted at a date yet to be announced.

A plaque at the base of the pine tree read: "In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener." 

It also quoted the singer-songwriting, who said: "For the forests to be green, each tree must be green."

George Harrison 1967George Harrison in 1967 [Getty/John Williams]

Harrison died in 2001, aged 58, from lung cancer. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in India. He was known to be a keen gardener.

Last year, a blue plaque was unveiled in London for Harrison and his fellow Beatle John Lennon. The tribute at 94 Baker Street is the site of the now dissolved Apple Boutique clothing store.

More: John Lennon's jacket auctioned for $7,000

More: Post viral infection, Sir Paul McCartney proves he's fighting fit in New York

More: Ron Howard to direct The Beatles movie

 

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Beyoncé "Honoured & Humbled" By Hall Of Fame Exhibition 4292178 News

Beyoncé's fabulous collection of stage outfits in addition to some of her red carpet looks will be the focus of a new exhibition hosted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. 

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Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' outfit has been immortalised at Madame Tussauds.

Read More: It's "All Good" Between Solange Knowles & Jay-Z Following Elevator Fight.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, situated in Cleveland, Ohio, hosts numerous exhibitions currently including memorabilia from such acts as The Beatles, Peter Gabriel and Nirvana. Although Beyoncé has not been enrolled into the Hall of Fame, it certainly looks as though she's on her way with this exhibition hosted in an area previously designated for Hall of Famers only. 

You can only be enrolled into the Hall of Fame, twenty years after releasing a record. Beyonce will be eligible in either 2022 or 2027, in the first case as a member of Destiny's Child and in the second as a solo artist. 

As ABC News reports, Beyoncé's outfits from such events as the 2013 Super Bowl; her black leotard from the 'Single Ladies' music video; her denim shorts and pumps from her 'Crazy in Love' video; and her Givenchy dress from the 2012 Met Gala.

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Beyonce's fabulous dress from the 2013 Met Gala will be on display.

It seems the decision of the Hall to present Beyoncé's clothes in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall in its Legends of Rock section was twofold. In the first place, Beyoncé was willing to send a great deal of her outfits for the exhibition and that was the space where it would fit appropriately. In the second, Beyoncé does deserve to be considered next to great performers such as Aretha Franklin, The Supremes and Janis Joplin.

Meredith Rutledge-Borger, the curator at the museum, said "When we looked at the depth of the amount of stuff that she was willing to send, we just thought, 'The only way we can really showcase these items is to put them in the Legends of Rock area in the museum,' which really is the spot that we have to pay tribute to legends of rock, which Beyoncé has proven herself to be."

A representative for Beyoncé issued a statement stating that she was "honoured and humbled" by the exhibition. The rep added "it is a big deal" for the singer to "have a presence where all of her idols and mentors live."

Read More: Jay-Z And Beyonce Were Right At Home At MetLife Stadium.

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Beyonce is not yet eligible to be enrolled in the Hall of Fame.

Beyoncé's fabulous collection of stage outfits in addition to some of her red carpet looks will be the focus of a new exhibition hosted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. 

Beyonce
Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' outfit has been immortalised at Madame Tussauds.

Read More: It's "All Good" Between Solange Knowles & Jay-Z Following Elevator Fight.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, situated in Cleveland, Ohio, hosts numerous exhibitions currently including memorabilia from such acts as The Beatles, Peter Gabriel and Nirvana. Although Beyoncé has not been enrolled into the Hall of Fame, it certainly looks as though she's on her way with this exhibition hosted in an area previously designated for Hall of Famers only. 

You can only be enrolled into the Hall of Fame, twenty years after releasing a record. Beyonce will be eligible in either 2022 or 2027, in the first case as a member of Destiny's Child and in the second as a solo artist. 

As ABC News reports, Beyoncé's outfits from such events as the 2013 Super Bowl; her black leotard from the 'Single Ladies' music video; her denim shorts and pumps from her 'Crazy in Love' video; and her Givenchy dress from the 2012 Met Gala.

Beyonce
Beyonce's fabulous dress from the 2013 Met Gala will be on display.

It seems the decision of the Hall to present Beyoncé's clothes in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall in its Legends of Rock section was twofold. In the first place, Beyoncé was willing to send a great deal of her outfits for the exhibition and that was the space where it would fit appropriately. In the second, Beyoncé does deserve to be considered next to great performers such as Aretha Franklin, The Supremes and Janis Joplin.

Meredith Rutledge-Borger, the curator at the museum, said "When we looked at the depth of the amount of stuff that she was willing to send, we just thought, 'The only way we can really showcase these items is to put them in the Legends of Rock area in the museum,' which really is the spot that we have to pay tribute to legends of rock, which Beyoncé has proven herself to be."

A representative for Beyoncé issued a statement stating that she was "honoured and humbled" by the exhibition. The rep added "it is a big deal" for the singer to "have a presence where all of her idols and mentors live."

Read More: Jay-Z And Beyonce Were Right At Home At MetLife Stadium.

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Beyonce is not yet eligible to be enrolled in the Hall of Fame.

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Happy Days! Why Ron Howard Will Make A Great Director Of The Beatles Documentary 4292075 News

Ron Howard is set to direct a new documentary focussing on The Beatles' journey from The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their final performance in San Francisco in 1966. The documentary will use archive footage and recent interviews to trace the astronomic rise of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon.

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Ron Howard will direct the upcoming Beatles documentary.

Read More: Beatles Documentary In Safe Hands As Ron Howard Signs To Direct.

The film is being produced by Howard's Imagine Entertainment in collaboration with Apple Corps and White House Pictures. In a statement, Howard said "I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."

Howard will be working alongside many of his former collaborators including his producing partner Brian Grazer, asVariety reports. With Grazer, Howard has produced such films as Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, and A Beautiful Mind. The currently untitled Beatles film will also be produced by Nigel Sinclair of White Horse, who also turns out to be a huge fan of the band. Apple Corps are representing the interests of The Beatles.

In case you're second guessing the choice of Howard as director, here are the reasons why he's likely to be great:

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The Beatles photographed in 1964.

He's spent more time in the 60s than The Beatles (sort of!)

Howard has spent an impressive amount of time in the 60s, not only was his formative years spent in the decade (Howard was born in 1954) but he also starred on the US series Happy Days for six years during the 1980s which was set in the mid 50s-mid 60s. It's safe to presume that Howard understands the impact of The Beatles on music and culture during the period the film will focus on. 

His directorial ability cannot be doubted

Howard may have started his career as a child star but those days are long behind him and he's now turned his hand, successfully, to producing and directing. For A Beautiful Mind, Howard won two Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. Last year, Howard also turned his hand to a music documentary when he followed Jay-Z as he produced last year's Made in America Festival. Although the documentary received mixed reviews, it was not Howard's directorial technique which was criticised but Jay-Z's apparent promotion of his "brand" (Village Voice and Slant Magazine). 

He's a huge Beatles fan

Howard has been a fan of The Beatles for most of his life, as Variety reports. Howard explained how he wanted to emulate them after he saw them perform on television in 1964. The Beautiful Mind director said, "After I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, all I wanted after that was a Beatles wig. My parents said no, but then they gave me one for my 10th birthday." He also described The Beatles as "unique", "exceptional" yet "relatable". 

The upcoming Beatles documentary is due to be released by the end of 2015. 

Read More: Ron Howard To Direct Beatles Documentary: From Cavern Club To San Francisco.

The Beatles
The Beatles made such an impact on popular culture, they have been immortalised as Lego.

Ron Howard is set to direct a new documentary focussing on The Beatles' journey from The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their final performance in San Francisco in 1966. The documentary will use archive footage and recent interviews to trace the astronomic rise of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon.

Ron Howard
Ron Howard will direct the upcoming Beatles documentary.

Read More: Beatles Documentary In Safe Hands As Ron Howard Signs To Direct.

The film is being produced by Howard's Imagine Entertainment in collaboration with Apple Corps and White House Pictures. In a statement, Howard said "I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."

Howard will be working alongside many of his former collaborators including his producing partner Brian Grazer, asVariety reports. With Grazer, Howard has produced such films as Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, and A Beautiful Mind. The currently untitled Beatles film will also be produced by Nigel Sinclair of White Horse, who also turns out to be a huge fan of the band. Apple Corps are representing the interests of The Beatles.

In case you're second guessing the choice of Howard as director, here are the reasons why he's likely to be great:

The Beatles
The Beatles photographed in 1964.

He's spent more time in the 60s than The Beatles (sort of!)

Howard has spent an impressive amount of time in the 60s, not only was his formative years spent in the decade (Howard was born in 1954) but he also starred on the US series Happy Days for six years during the 1980s which was set in the mid 50s-mid 60s. It's safe to presume that Howard understands the impact of The Beatles on music and culture during the period the film will focus on. 

His directorial ability cannot be doubted

Howard may have started his career as a child star but those days are long behind him and he's now turned his hand, successfully, to producing and directing. For A Beautiful Mind, Howard won two Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. Last year, Howard also turned his hand to a music documentary when he followed Jay-Z as he produced last year's Made in America Festival. Although the documentary received mixed reviews, it was not Howard's directorial technique which was criticised but Jay-Z's apparent promotion of his "brand" (Village Voice and Slant Magazine). 

He's a huge Beatles fan

Howard has been a fan of The Beatles for most of his life, as Variety reports. Howard explained how he wanted to emulate them after he saw them perform on television in 1964. The Beautiful Mind director said, "After I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, all I wanted after that was a Beatles wig. My parents said no, but then they gave me one for my 10th birthday." He also described The Beatles as "unique", "exceptional" yet "relatable". 

The upcoming Beatles documentary is due to be released by the end of 2015. 

Read More: Ron Howard To Direct Beatles Documentary: From Cavern Club To San Francisco.

The Beatles
The Beatles made such an impact on popular culture, they have been immortalised as Lego.

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Beatles Documentary In Safe Hands as Ron Howard Signs on to Direct 4290287 News

Ron Howard will direct and produce a fully authorized documentary on The Beatles touring years between 1960 and 1966, it has been confirmed. This is Howard’s second music documentary, following last year’s Jay-Z festival film 'Made in America.'

The BeatlesThe Beatles are getting the Ron Howard treatment

With the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, Apple Corps, White Horse Pictures and Howard’s Imagine Entertainment will produce the documentary. “I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964,” Howard said. “Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated.”

The full access Howard receives will surely result in an incredible look inside the band’s hugely popular tour dates. He and his team will have free reign over the archives of Apple Corps, the Beatles’ company, as well as incorporate fan-sourced amateur video footage to recreate previously unseen concerts.

More: The Beatles Revived One More Time In Concert Documentary About The Early Years

"What's so compelling to me is the perspective that we have now, the chance to really understand the impact that they had on the world. That six-year period is such a dramatic transformation in terms of global culture and these remarkable four individuals, who were both geniuses and also entirely relatable. That duality is something that is going to be very interesting to explore,” Howard explained to Rolling Stone. 

"We are going to be able to take the Super 8 footage that we found, that was all shot silent. We'll not only be able to digitally repair a lot of that, but we've also been finding the original recordings," explains Howard. "We can now sync it up and create a concert experience so immersive and so engaging, I believe you're going to actually feel like you're somewhere in the Sixties, seeing what it was like to be there, feeling it and hearing it. And as a film director, that's a fantastic challenge."

Ron Howard will direct and produce a fully authorized documentary on The Beatles touring years between 1960 and 1966, it has been confirmed. This is Howard’s second music documentary, following last year’s Jay-Z festival film 'Made in America.'

The BeatlesThe Beatles are getting the Ron Howard treatment

With the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, Apple Corps, White Horse Pictures and Howard’s Imagine Entertainment will produce the documentary. “I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964,” Howard said. “Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated.”

The full access Howard receives will surely result in an incredible look inside the band’s hugely popular tour dates. He and his team will have free reign over the archives of Apple Corps, the Beatles’ company, as well as incorporate fan-sourced amateur video footage to recreate previously unseen concerts.

More: The Beatles Revived One More Time In Concert Documentary About The Early Years

"What's so compelling to me is the perspective that we have now, the chance to really understand the impact that they had on the world. That six-year period is such a dramatic transformation in terms of global culture and these remarkable four individuals, who were both geniuses and also entirely relatable. That duality is something that is going to be very interesting to explore,” Howard explained to Rolling Stone. 

"We are going to be able to take the Super 8 footage that we found, that was all shot silent. We'll not only be able to digitally repair a lot of that, but we've also been finding the original recordings," explains Howard. "We can now sync it up and create a concert experience so immersive and so engaging, I believe you're going to actually feel like you're somewhere in the Sixties, seeing what it was like to be there, feeling it and hearing it. And as a film director, that's a fantastic challenge."

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The Beatles Revived One More Time In Concert Documentary About The Early Years 4288911 News

Big news, Beatles fans: a new authorised documentary on the rock icons is in the works, with Ron Howard slated to direct. The film will include new interviews with both surviving members, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, the surviving wives of John Lennon and George Harrison. The production has been authorised by Apple Corps Ltd., the band's holding company.

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Nearly 45 years after their break-up, fans of The Beatles are still hungry for more from the iconic band.

As for the subject matter, the as-of-yet-unnamed documentary is slated to focus on the band’s earliest years, between 1960 and 1966, during which the Liverpool foursome released 20 studio and live records in total, from their first record Please Please Me, released in ’63 to the 1966 landmark, Revolver.

The period is an especially turbulent one in the band’s history and the documentary is likely to chart their meteoric rise to fame, the very beginning of the Beetlemania days. It includes their time on the nightclub circuit in Liverpool and Germany, a very polarizing appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, the release of their debut film, "A Hard Day's Night" (currently rereleased in theaters), and their final official concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park in 1966.

More: Ron Howard Will Offer "A Unique Experience" When Directing Beatles Concert Documentary

Besides the interviews, Howard and rock-doc veteran Nigel Sinclair (No Direction Home: Bob Dylan) have teased some never before seen concerts, recreated using original sound recordings, material from the Apple Corps archives and amateur footage. The filmmakers already have obtained some material from the final show in San Francisco, according to Newsday.

 

The documentary has no projected release date yet.

 

Big news, Beatles fans: a new authorised documentary on the rock icons is in the works, with Ron Howard slated to direct. The film will include new interviews with both surviving members, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, the surviving wives of John Lennon and George Harrison. The production has been authorised by Apple Corps Ltd., the band's holding company.

The Beatles
Nearly 45 years after their break-up, fans of The Beatles are still hungry for more from the iconic band.

As for the subject matter, the as-of-yet-unnamed documentary is slated to focus on the band’s earliest years, between 1960 and 1966, during which the Liverpool foursome released 20 studio and live records in total, from their first record Please Please Me, released in ’63 to the 1966 landmark, Revolver.

The period is an especially turbulent one in the band’s history and the documentary is likely to chart their meteoric rise to fame, the very beginning of the Beetlemania days. It includes their time on the nightclub circuit in Liverpool and Germany, a very polarizing appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, the release of their debut film, "A Hard Day's Night" (currently rereleased in theaters), and their final official concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park in 1966.

More: Ron Howard Will Offer "A Unique Experience" When Directing Beatles Concert Documentary

Besides the interviews, Howard and rock-doc veteran Nigel Sinclair (No Direction Home: Bob Dylan) have teased some never before seen concerts, recreated using original sound recordings, material from the Apple Corps archives and amateur footage. The filmmakers already have obtained some material from the final show in San Francisco, according to Newsday.

 

The documentary has no projected release date yet.

 

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Ron Howard to Direct Beatles Documentary, From Cavern Club to San Francisco 4288117 News

Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is set to direct a documentary about The Beatles, following their journey from Liverpool's Cavern Club to their last concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. Crucially, the movie is being made in-corporation with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono.

Ron HowardRon Howard [L] will direct the Beatles documentary [Getty/Christopher Polk]

Howard - known for Apollo 14, The Da Vinci Code and Frost/Nixon - called it "an astounding story".

"Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated," he said

More: Check out our Ron Howard news

"What's so intriguing to me is not only the subject, but the context we can bring to it now. Not only can we do a study of these touring years, the narrative of an odyssey, we can look at the significance of the Beatles as individuals - as musical geniuses, as societal leaders and their effect on global culture. Dramatically it makes a lot of sense and cinematically, we have a chance to offer a unique experience."

Howard reprises his hugely successful partnership with producer Brian Grazer for the project. 

The BeatlesThe Beatles with Ed Sullivan in 1964 [Getty/Hulton Archive]

"The way the Beatles burst on to the scene in Britain was an overwhelming social, cultural and musical phenomenon, but was even then eclipsed by that extraordinary explosion on the American scene and then the world," said Grammy award-winning producer Nigel Sinclair.

The Beatles began touring Europe in late 1963 but would become global celebrities after their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in the US in 1964. The group - comprising of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr - embarked on their first world tour month later and by 1966 had played 166 shows in 90 different cities around the world.

More: Ron Howard races back to form with incredible 'Rush'

Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is set to direct a documentary about The Beatles, following their journey from Liverpool's Cavern Club to their last concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. Crucially, the movie is being made in-corporation with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono.

Ron HowardRon Howard [L] will direct the Beatles documentary [Getty/Christopher Polk]

Howard - known for Apollo 14, The Da Vinci Code and Frost/Nixon - called it "an astounding story".

"Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated," he said

More: Check out our Ron Howard news

"What's so intriguing to me is not only the subject, but the context we can bring to it now. Not only can we do a study of these touring years, the narrative of an odyssey, we can look at the significance of the Beatles as individuals - as musical geniuses, as societal leaders and their effect on global culture. Dramatically it makes a lot of sense and cinematically, we have a chance to offer a unique experience."

Howard reprises his hugely successful partnership with producer Brian Grazer for the project. 

The BeatlesThe Beatles with Ed Sullivan in 1964 [Getty/Hulton Archive]

"The way the Beatles burst on to the scene in Britain was an overwhelming social, cultural and musical phenomenon, but was even then eclipsed by that extraordinary explosion on the American scene and then the world," said Grammy award-winning producer Nigel Sinclair.

The Beatles began touring Europe in late 1963 but would become global celebrities after their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in the US in 1964. The group - comprising of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr - embarked on their first world tour month later and by 1966 had played 166 shows in 90 different cities around the world.

More: Ron Howard races back to form with incredible 'Rush'

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Manic Street Preachers Named Most Lyrically Diverse As 'Futurology' Released 4284760 News

A tasty chunk of news for the music nerds: Manic Street Preachers have been found to be the most lyrically diverse act in a study of Welsh artists. Wales Online conducted the study to celebrate the release of the rock act's latest album, Futurology, and found that 2,056 unique words were used in only the Manics' first three albums.

The band emerged as top of the study, beating fellow Welsh superstars Stereophonics and Tom Jones. As the news site so appropriately points out, "For a band who sang "libraries gave us power," it's no shock that their use of language and words to get their message across."

For comparison, Cynon Valley group Stereophonics also scored highly with 1,453 different words used in their early back-catalogue, but Tom Jones' early work in the '60s saw just 867 words used over the his three first albums, with his third most-used word being "pussycat."

Jones and the Manics' favourite words - with 73 and 66 mentions respectively - is "love" showing that, crooner or alternative rock act, emotions are always going to be high on the list of themes.

More: Listen to Manic Street Preachers' 'Walk Me To The Bridge.'

The Manics' early nineties releases Generation Terrorists, Gold Against the Soul and The Holy Bible were the records included in the study but new LP Futurology, which was released a week ago, looks to be no less verbose with a wide range of themes and thought-provoking lyrical content.

More: The sun comes out for Manic Street Preachers at Portmeirion's Festival No.6.

Band members James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore are renowned for their musically and lyrically diverse and often politically-charged songs so it's hardly a surprise that they have been identified as having an articulate range of words at their disposal.

The trio are also credited with having introduced the Japanese translation for tidal wave, "tsunami," into the English lingo in the '90s. The site also claims that Wales' musicians possess the most varied vocabularies compared with the rest of the UK, citing The Beatles' use of "love" 151 times in their first three albums.

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The Manic Street Preachers Have Been Named As The Most "Lyrically Diverse" Welsh Music Act.

A tasty chunk of news for the music nerds: Manic Street Preachers have been found to be the most lyrically diverse act in a study of Welsh artists. Wales Online conducted the study to celebrate the release of the rock act's latest album, Futurology, and found that 2,056 unique words were used in only the Manics' first three albums.

The band emerged as top of the study, beating fellow Welsh superstars Stereophonics and Tom Jones. As the news site so appropriately points out, "For a band who sang "libraries gave us power," it's no shock that their use of language and words to get their message across."

For comparison, Cynon Valley group Stereophonics also scored highly with 1,453 different words used in their early back-catalogue, but Tom Jones' early work in the '60s saw just 867 words used over the his three first albums, with his third most-used word being "pussycat."

Jones and the Manics' favourite words - with 73 and 66 mentions respectively - is "love" showing that, crooner or alternative rock act, emotions are always going to be high on the list of themes.

More: Listen to Manic Street Preachers' 'Walk Me To The Bridge.'

The Manics' early nineties releases Generation Terrorists, Gold Against the Soul and The Holy Bible were the records included in the study but new LP Futurology, which was released a week ago, looks to be no less verbose with a wide range of themes and thought-provoking lyrical content.

More: The sun comes out for Manic Street Preachers at Portmeirion's Festival No.6.

Band members James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore are renowned for their musically and lyrically diverse and often politically-charged songs so it's hardly a surprise that they have been identified as having an articulate range of words at their disposal.

The trio are also credited with having introduced the Japanese translation for tidal wave, "tsunami," into the English lingo in the '90s. The site also claims that Wales' musicians possess the most varied vocabularies compared with the rest of the UK, citing The Beatles' use of "love" 151 times in their first three albums.

Manic Street Preachers
The Manic Street Preachers Have Been Named As The Most "Lyrically Diverse" Welsh Music Act.

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A Hard Days Night [Remastered] 4240232 Videos 12th June 2014

In 1964, black and white music comedy 'A Hard Day's Night' was released, starring the world's most famous rock band The Beatles. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr took to the big screen at the peak of what was commonly referred to as Beatlemania, but not to do your average music documentary. The movie shows the Liverpool lads' eventful trip from their hometown to London, encountering overexcited fans, dealing with Paul's very irresponsible grandfather, and going on a rather comical trip around the city in a bid to find Ringo after Paul's grandfather convinced him to wander off. Luckily enough, no problem was too serious and they eventually managed to hit the stage for a major concert to be televised for the movie.

To celebrate fifty years since the release of the film (which was nominated for two Academy Awards, a BAFTA and a Grammy), a remastered version is set to hit cinemas once again with 4k digital restoration and three new audio options. Directed by Richard Lester ('Superman II', 'The Three Musketeers') and written by Alun Owen ('The Criminal'), 'A Hard Day's Night' will re-enter cinemas on July 4th 2014, with a DVD and Blu-Ray release set for July 21st.

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Paul McCartney Cancelled Tokyo Performance Due To Virus And Reschedules 4200780 News

Paul McCartney was forced to cancel his appearance in Toyko on Saturday (17th May) because he was suffering from a virus. The 71-year-old is currently travelling with his Out There tour but was unable to appear in Tokyo as his doctors deemed him too unwell to perform at the National Stadium.

The Beatles star was seemingly unwell on Friday (16th May) but his symptoms progressed over the following 24 hours. McCartney posted an apology on his Facebook page, stating “I am very sorry to all my fans as I was greatly looking forward to the concert, but the situation is out of my hands.”

Fans who were unable to see McCartney perform will be able to see the singer on Monday, when he continues his tour. He promised fans he would be well enough on Sunday to appear and that tickets from the cancelled show would be valid for an additional performance on Monday. Considering how much fans have paid for the tickets, they should be entitled to at least catch a glimpse at McCartney. According to The Washington Post, tickets ranged from $130 to $650.

McCartney has a fairly hectic schedule over the next month and, before he became unwell, would have had Monday and Tuesday as rest days following his appearances in Toyko. However, he will only have Tuesday to rest up and hopefully fully recover before once again performing in Toyko at a different venue, the Nippon Budokan hall. He has two more performances in Asia – on in Osaka and another in Seoul – before he continues his tour throughout the US.

Read more: Paul McCartney's Ex-Wife Helps Ex-Beatle Land Top Five Spot On Rich List.
Read more: Paul McCartney Debuts Robot Pal Newman In New Video.

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Paul McCartney came down with a virus whilst touring in Japan.

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The former Beatle has rescheduled his concert for Monday.

Paul McCartney was forced to cancel his appearance in Toyko on Saturday (17th May) because he was suffering from a virus. The 71-year-old is currently travelling with his Out There tour but was unable to appear in Tokyo as his doctors deemed him too unwell to perform at the National Stadium.

The Beatles star was seemingly unwell on Friday (16th May) but his symptoms progressed over the following 24 hours. McCartney posted an apology on his Facebook page, stating “I am very sorry to all my fans as I was greatly looking forward to the concert, but the situation is out of my hands.”

Fans who were unable to see McCartney perform will be able to see the singer on Monday, when he continues his tour. He promised fans he would be well enough on Sunday to appear and that tickets from the cancelled show would be valid for an additional performance on Monday. Considering how much fans have paid for the tickets, they should be entitled to at least catch a glimpse at McCartney. According to The Washington Post, tickets ranged from $130 to $650.

McCartney has a fairly hectic schedule over the next month and, before he became unwell, would have had Monday and Tuesday as rest days following his appearances in Toyko. However, he will only have Tuesday to rest up and hopefully fully recover before once again performing in Toyko at a different venue, the Nippon Budokan hall. He has two more performances in Asia – on in Osaka and another in Seoul – before he continues his tour throughout the US.

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Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney came down with a virus whilst touring in Japan.

Paul McCartney
The former Beatle has rescheduled his concert for Monday.

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Jack Savoretti's career tips from Paul McCartney 4118194 News

Jack Savoretti was given career advice by Sir Paul McCartney.

The 30-year-old singer, who appeared alongside Johnny Depp and Kate Moss in Paul's recent video for his track 'Queenie Eye', was given some tips from The Beatles legend and has kept in touch with him.

Jack told BANG Showbiz: ''I was very lucky to be able to hang out with Paul McCartney for two hours and he's just an absolute legend.

''I was surprised by his enthusiasm to talk about the stuff he's probably been asked [about] a thousand times. It's was as if I was the first person ever to ask him, 'What was it like to be a Beatle?'

''He asked me how things are going and he said, 'Don't worry about things too much, just make sure you come up with good songs'.

''He played me Lady Madonna on the piano and none of my friends believed me. It was a great experience and he has kept in touch since. He sent me a card on my birthday and a Christmas card. I wasn't expecting that.

Jack, who will release her new EP 'Sweet Hurt' on March 24 on Lanza Records, also previously recorded a duet with pal Sienna Miller called 'Love and Hate', which featured on The Vampire Diaries.

He said: ''She's an incredible singer. I saw her at the Groucho Club [in London] one night stand up on a table and sing Nancy Sinatra acapella. I remember being completely shocked like, 'I didn't know you could do that'.

''She was going through something, I was going through something [at the time] and I wanted to write a song about the fine line between hate and love.''

Jack, who has released three albums, is also about to step out on a headline tour of the UK, after supporting the likes of Jake Bugg and Bruce Springsteen.

He added: ''I think the crowds in the UK are actually the most knowledgeable about music, you have to pick up your game. You have to give them something they haven't heard before or haven't seen.''

Jack Savoretti was given career advice by Sir Paul McCartney.

The 30-year-old singer, who appeared alongside Johnny Depp and Kate Moss in Paul's recent video for his track 'Queenie Eye', was given some tips from The Beatles legend and has kept in touch with him.

Jack told BANG Showbiz: ''I was very lucky to be able to hang out with Paul McCartney for two hours and he's just an absolute legend.

''I was surprised by his enthusiasm to talk about the stuff he's probably been asked [about] a thousand times. It's was as if I was the first person ever to ask him, 'What was it like to be a Beatle?'

''He asked me how things are going and he said, 'Don't worry about things too much, just make sure you come up with good songs'.

''He played me Lady Madonna on the piano and none of my friends believed me. It was a great experience and he has kept in touch since. He sent me a card on my birthday and a Christmas card. I wasn't expecting that.

Jack, who will release her new EP 'Sweet Hurt' on March 24 on Lanza Records, also previously recorded a duet with pal Sienna Miller called 'Love and Hate', which featured on The Vampire Diaries.

He said: ''She's an incredible singer. I saw her at the Groucho Club [in London] one night stand up on a table and sing Nancy Sinatra acapella. I remember being completely shocked like, 'I didn't know you could do that'.

''She was going through something, I was going through something [at the time] and I wanted to write a song about the fine line between hate and love.''

Jack, who has released three albums, is also about to step out on a headline tour of the UK, after supporting the likes of Jake Bugg and Bruce Springsteen.

He added: ''I think the crowds in the UK are actually the most knowledgeable about music, you have to pick up your game. You have to give them something they haven't heard before or haven't seen.''

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