Sirius XM Launch of Paul’s Fireman Radio

paulsm.jpgFireman Radio to give listeners unprecedented access to Paul McCartney.

Paul to host “fireside chats”

SIRIUS XM Radio announced that it will launch a limited-run channel devoted to the music of Paul McCartney, in celebration of his new critically acclaimed album recorded under the guise of his alter ego, The Fireman. Paul McCartney’s Fireman Radio, and will premiere tomorrow, Valentine’s Day, February 14 and will air through Friday, March 13 on The Bridge, SIRIUS channel 33 and XM channel 27.

The channel will feature a rare in-depth and revealing interview with Paul. During the interview, Paul shares his inspiration behind his secret Fireman projects. Paul’s Fireman Radio is an exclusive commercial-free channel, completely devoted to McCartney’s legendary and expansive post-Beatles music-making and will include music from his solo records, tracks from every Wings album, the three Fireman albums, 1993’s Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest, 1998’s Rushes and 2008’s Electric Arguments as well as musical surprises from Paul’s vault.

Additionally, Paul will host exclusive “fireside chats” where he will discuss music, politics, news and any other topic he feels compelled to discuss. Paul, on Fireman Radio, will take SIRIUS XM listeners on an in-depth exploration of each song from The Fireman’s latest album, Electric Arguments. He will speak candidly and openly about every track and will shed new light on this acclaimed music project, which for years has been shrouded in secrecy. On Paul’s Fireman Radio, he pulls back the curtain to reveal the creative process behind The Fireman. Never before has Paul shared so many personal insights into this fascinating chapter in his musical legacy.

“Paul’s Fireman Radio allows all of us the privilege to hear a revealing side of one of the world’s biggest artists, sharing his work in a way that is unprecedented in its scale, unduplicated in its intimacy, and completely unique to SIRIUS XM,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SIRIUS XM Radio.

It has been ten years since Paul and Youth, the bassist in British post-punk rock band Killing Joke and a respected producer, have collaborated on their experimental side project, The Fireman. In November of 2008, The Fireman released their third album, Electric Arguments.

I (Mark) have been asked to record a Guest DJ segment for Fireman Radio, and I am honored to be part of the programming. You will have to check www.sirius.com/firemanradio to find out when it will run. This dedicated web page for Paul McCartney’s Fireman Radio, includes video clips of an exclusive Macca interview conducted at our  SIRIUS XM studios on January 14.

For more information, please visit www.sirius.com orwww.xmradio.com

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RINGO’S CAREER SPANNING GREATEST HITS

ringostarrgreatest.jpgRINGO’S CAREER SPANNING GREATEST HITS CD/DVD PACKAGE RELEASED 8/28/07: PATTIE BOYD’S WONDERFUL TONIGHT BOOK PUBLISHED
BEATLES AND ALL SOLO BEATLES ON THE CURRENT BILLBOARD CHARTS

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th UPDATE: We congratulate Pattie Boyd on the success of her brand new book, Wonderful Tonight. It is Number One on the New York Times prestigious Non-Fiction Bestselling books. Quite an accomplishment. We have already had to reorder it after less than a week. Although I haven’t read the entire book yet, the chapters beginning with George are terrific, with numerous new Beatles stories in there. 37 years after their breakup, The Beatles can still be found on Billboard’s Top 200. Love is at #113 in its 41st week, Ringo debuted at #130, Paul’s excellent Memory Almost Full is at #172 and The Traveling Wilburys comes in at #153.And, not to leave out John, he is represented (along with Paul) at #57 on the Country Charts with Rascal Flatts’ version of Revolution. Plus, The Beatles 1 (#30)and Sgt. Pepper (#28) are both on the Top Pop Catalog Chart.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28th UPDATE: PHOTOGRAPH: RINGO’S GREATEST HITS is out today on Capitol Records digitally remastered. This is his first career spanning compilation beginning with Sentimental Journey and going all the way up to 2005’s Choose Love. We are stocking the Limited Edition CD/DVD 2 disc set which features not only his hits on the CD, but many music videos and other video rarities on the DVD.- Look up Item #1786. There will be10-20 new Beatles books coming out this Fall, but one attracting international attention is Pattie Boyd’s Wonderful Tonight, published in the U.S. today. Of course, Pattie was married to George Harrison and then to Eric Clatpton. This is the first time she is telling her story. Item #6102.

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THE FEST FOR BEATLES FANS 2007 -CHICAGO

chicago.jpgTHE FEST FOR BEATLES FANS 2007 -CHICAGO
ANOTHER BIG CELEBRATION!!

SUNDAY, JULY 29TH UPDATE: The CHICAGO FEST begins in 5 days and we are leaving for Chicago tomorrow to prepare for the big event. This will be our 3rd and final FEST for 2007, so if you don’t have any plans for this weekend, why not join us! We have a super line up of Special Guests. Just click on THE FEST icon above this paragraph and that will take you to all the details. We look forward to seeing you there.

SATURDAY, JULY 21ST UPDATE: The first deadline has passed, but tickets are still available on line or by phone, until August 2nd. Then all remaining tickets will be sold at the door. The Hyatt is still accepting reservations for rooms, if you haven’t yet made them.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18TH UPDATE: Trying to get everything ready for Chicago after returning from Las Vegas recently is definitely a challenge. But all plans are going with with the exception of the cancellation of Norman ‘Hurricane’ Smith because of health reason. He is 84 and still lives in the UK. He was hospitalized and the Doctors advised him ot to make the trip. He sends his regrets and hopefully he can join us in 2008! In the meantime, we are happy to announce the addition of UK Filmmaker TONY PALMER, who’s All My Loving DVD(1968) is being world premiered at the FEST. This project was done at John Lennon’s suggestion.Tony worked with The Beatles and has never before spoken to a Beatles audience before.The Advance price ticket deadline is this Friday, July 20th. so if you haven’t purchased your tickets, now is the time. The easiest way is to order them through our webstore. ou may also order by calling toll free at 1-866-THE FEST, or by mailing a check or money order. Click on THE FEST box above to get you to all the details on our 31st Annual Chicago FEST! See you there.

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THE FEST FOR BEATLES FANS 2007 – LAS VEGAS

vegas1.jpgTHE FEST FOR BEATLES FANS 2007 – LAS VEGAS
HISTORY MADE – FANS FROM ALL 50 STATES ATTEND!

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18TH UPDATE: Over 5,500 fans from all 50 states and 5 continents attended our first ever Las Vegas FEST.There were so many highlights over the three days – here are a few – Lisa Loflin and Richard Barton of Maryland were married on our Main Stage on Sunday July 1st. It was our first wedding ever – figures it had to be in Las Vegas! It was very special. The Live Concerts were all exceptional with The Pete Best Band, Wings, Peter & Gordon, Mark Hudson and of course, LIVERPOOL. Recreating the live broadcast of All You Need Is Love was very exciting with audience membersdressed in their most psychedelic 60s gear sitting in front of the band and all the balloons, flowers, signs, and confetti-what a moment!! More details coming.

MONDAY, JULY 2nd UPDATE: Opening day went great on Sunday with terrific sets from The Pete Best Band, Liverpool, Wings, and Mark Hudson’s 50th Anniversary tribute of The Birth of The Beatles. Today is going to be even better, with Liverpool performing Sgt. Pepper in its entirety and Peter & Gordon, beginning at 10PM tonight. The Marketplace has had plenty of hustle bustle and The Live Beatles Auction preview begins today. Hope to see you all later today or tomorrow. We are sorry, but there is no live on the net listening this time. Perhaps after THE FEST, we can get some streaming.Tickets are available at the door for $55.00 each. . LIVERPOOL will perform the entire Sgt. Pepper album at the Monday night show (7/2).(Wasn’t it astounding how much media attention its 40th Anniversary received?). On Tuesday evening we will recreate The Beatles Summer of Love anthem All You Need Is Love. Click on THIS FEST here to take you to all the exciting guests and events and how to order your tickets. Also, Don’t forget Chicago is only a month later, August 3-5!

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AN HISTORIC FIRST: PAUL. RINGO. YOKO & OLIVIA

larrykingcnn.jpgAN HISTORIC FIRST: PAUL. RINGO. YOKO & OLIVIA
ON LARRY KING LIVE, TONIGHT – TUESDAY JUNE 26TH

FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND UPDATE: This is a show no Beatles fan will want to miss. This is the first time that the four principle owners of Apple have ever been interviewed together. Imagine Paul, Ringo, Yoko and Olivia LIVE from the Revolution Lounge at The Mirage Hotel on the Larry King Show on Tuesday, June 26th 9:00PM EDT on CNN. They will be at the Mirage to celebrate the First Anniversary of LOVE and to dedicate plaques in the LOVE lobby to John and George. So for all of you coming out the Las Vegas FEST next week, you will be able to see these brand new plaques. Yes this means that the four of them will be seeing LOVE in the theatre and walking around the lobby where we will be just a few days later!! Now that’s Instant Karma!!!.

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JUNE 13TH – PAUL McCARTNEY SECRET GIG IN NYC – AMAZING MEMORY ALMOST FULL

memoryalmostfull.jpgTHURSDAY, JUNE 14TH UPDATE: Paul’s new CD enters Billboard’s Top 200 Chart at Number 3! It is the highest charting rock album this week. Last night, Paul gave a ‘secret concert’ at the new Highline Ballroom in the meatpacking district in New York City. 90 minutes of pure joy and electricity. It looked like around 600 mostly fans were in attendance to witness the first time Paul has played Beatles songs in a club (at least in the U.S.) in more than 40 years. Paul showcased 5 new songs from his excellent new CD Memory Almost Full – Dance Tonight, Only Mama Knows, That Was Me, House of Wax and Nod Your Head. His whole band was there except Wix, who had a previous engagement. Paul’s voice has never been better and he seemed to really enjoy the coziness of the room, where fans were standing 5 feet from him. Some of the Beatles songs he performed were (not in o rder)Drive My Car (opening song), I’ll Follow the Sun, Lady Madonna, Hey Jude, Long and Winding Road, Let It Be, Get Back, I’ve Got a Feeling. Blackbird, Back in the U.S.S.R..Paul also treated the fans to C Moon, Calico Skies and Here Today, which he dedicated to three lost mates – John, George and Linda. He also performed Carl Perkins’ Matchbox, which we cannot recall Paul ever singing lead on! It was a night to remember. Our NY METRO FEST MC Q104.3’sKen Dashow and our CHICAGO MC WXRT’s Terri Hemmert were both in attendance, as was WFUV’S Darren DeVivo, and Whoopi Goldberg! What an evening. We’ve said it before – When you’re the best, you’re the best!

SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH IMPORTANT UPDATE: We have just been informed that Paul’s new CD has a very good chance of entering Billboard’s Top 200 Chart at Number One. It is very tight with two new Rap artists. Paul has a very slight lead! If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, try to get to a store by tomorrow, Sunday, or order through us. We will make sure that our sales are counted as well. The media usually announces the new charts on Thursdays. Good luck Paul.

TUESDAY, JUNE 5TH UPDATE: PAUL McCARTNEY’S great new CD, Memory Almost Full is released today and in an unprecedented event,. every Starbucks (10,000 stores!) around the world is playing the album from opening to closing in a Global Listening Event!.Of course, the new CD is on the Starbucks owned label, Hear Music. So if you haven’t bought the CD from us already, you may still do so, but you can go to any of the Starbucks with friends, have a mini listening party and BUY THE CD!!. We think Paul has a great chance of entering Billborad’s charts at Number One, and on an album that is well deserved.There are 10 locations that will have video crews where fans can come in and record a birthday message for Paul, which will air on his birthday (June 18). Two of our FEST MCs are hosting at two locations. Q104.3’s KEN DASHOW will be at the Starbucks on West Park Avenue, in Long Beach, NY from 11AM-1PM today and Beatle Brunch’s JOE JOHNSON will be in a Miami store, also from 11AM-1PM.

THURSDAY, MAY 17th UPDATE: The first tracks from Paul’s new CD, Ever Present Past and Dance Tonight sound great. Can’t wait to hear the whole CD! There will be two editions 1754 – Memory Almost Full – Standard Edition with 13 tracks. 1755 – Deluxe Limited Edition 2 disc set in a 5 x 7 digipak. Bonus disc includes Audio commentary by Paul and 3 bonus tracks. On June 12th, Rhino Records will release the Traveling Wilburys Volumes 1 & 3 CDs with a bonus DVD of rehearsals and songs from the albums. This, too, will come in two versions 1373 – Standard Edition – Both Volumes + bonus DVD of historic footage and 5 videos. 1372 – Deluxe Edtion also comes with a 40 page booklet and is a numbered Limited Edition. All three Ringo CDs have been put on hold for now. Another new release set for June 12th is 1791 – Instant Karma: The Songs of John Lennon, Campaign to Save Darfur 2 CD Set. Featuring John’s songs performed by Green Day, U2, R.E.M., Lenny Kravitz, a duet with Jakob Dylan and Dhani Harrison, & more. We will have special pre release prices up in our webstore by tomorrow for all of these releases.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11th UPDATE: After nearly 43 years with Capitol/EMI, PAUL McCARTNEY has signed a recording contract with Concord Music, a subsidiary of Starbucks. His new CD, Memory Almost Full, is due out in early June, Someone who has heard it already, says it has some great classic Paul songs on it plus a terrific CD ending medley. Ringo is not planning to tour in 2007, but it is a strong possibility that Paul will tour later this year. We will be putting them on the web shortly, once we have more details on all of them. We will also do an email blast to our customers with these and other titles, soon. If you would like to receive our emails, which are totally FREE, just sign up. There’s a button to the left of this notice to enter. Apple Corps announced yesterday that Neil Aspinall is no longer working with them. In an official statement: Apple announces the departure of Neil Aspinall, who had been with John, Paul, George and Ringo for a spectacular 40 plus years, during which he played an indispensable role for the four. He was there since the inception of the band in Liverpool and has meant so much to the Beatles’ family for all these years and still does. However, he has decided to move on. Apple as a whole, and each member of this company, wishes him great success in whatever endeavor he chooses to pursue in the future. Apple has also announced that Jeff Jones is taking over as CEO. Jeff comes to Apple via Sony, New York. He has a great reputation as a records person and has worked on a myriad of music projects over the years. He is a Beatles fan and excited about this amazing opportunity. We wish him all the best in this new endeavor.

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OFFICIAL ROYAL MAIL (UK) BEATLES STAMPS

beatles-stamps.jpgWEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH UPDATE: The First Day Issue Stamps (#1502) finally arrived in our warehouse yesterday and all will be sent out by today. This leaves only the set of 10 First Day Issue stamps still not here yet. They tell me it shouldn’t be too much longer. Thanks for your patience.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13TH UPDATE: On January 9, 2007, The Royal Mail in England issued a series of Beatles Stamps – 6 Stamps are of Beatles Albums and 4 are of Memorabilia. This marks that first time that they have issued stamps of living people. We have ordered a huge supply and expect them in next week. We will post the various configurations on the web as soon as they arrive. We will have Presentation Packs, First Day of Issue Stamps, Postcards, and a uniqueseries of 10 First Day of Issue stamps that no one else will be offering. Stay tuned!!!.

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OVER 1000 BEATLES ITEMS FOR SALE!

beatleswallet.jpgWELCOME TO THE FEST FOR BEATLES FANS WEBSTORE
PEACE AND LOVE IN THE NEW YEAR!!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29TH UPDATE: LOVE Leaps back up to #5 on Billboard’s first issue of 2007! We wanted to take this opportunity to wish all our Beatles friends a very happy and peaceful New Year. We know it is going to be an exciting and busy one, with 3 FESTS planned between now and August! We are putting the finishing touches on our new Brochure/Catalogue which will have all the details for all three Celebrations.Just about all the special guests are lined up for all three shows and you will find out about them hopefully by the end of January, by mail and posted here at about the same time.

THURSDAY, DEC. 21ST UPDATE: The Beatles Love has been certified Platinum and is till at #8 on the Billboard Top 200! We thank all of our customers for keeping us very busy this Holiday Season. and wish you all the happiest of Holidays.

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RESULTS FROM OUR FIRST EVER NATIONAL SURVEY OF BEATLES FANS

love.jpgIN MY LIFE – FAVORITE BEATLES SONG
IMAGINE – FAVORITE SOLO BEATLES SONG

SEPTEMBER 15, 2003 UPDATE: In February, we conducted our first ever National Beatles survey, sent out to everyone on our Mailing List. Nearly 150,000 survey cards were sent out and we have tabulated the results from the more than 15,000 respondents! The survey asked for your Favorite Beatle, Beatles Song, Beatles Era, Solo Beatles Song and your age bracket. The results of the top Solo Beatles Songs can be heard this Sunday, June 22nd on Joe Johnson’s Nationally Syndicated Beatle Brunch. He is now heard in over 80 markets. The top Beatles songs special aired on September 7th.

FAVORITE BEATLES SONG:
1. IN MY LIFE (40% MORE VOTES THAN #2 SONG)
2. HEY JUDE (65% MORE VOTES THAN #3 SONG)
3. LET IT BE
4. A DAY IN THE LIFE
5. YESTERDAY
6. STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
7. HELP
8. HERE COMES THE SUN
9. HERE THERE AND EVERYWHERE
10. (VIRTUAL 4 WAY TIE)
IF I FELL, I AM THE WALRUS
SOMETHING, SHE LOVES YOU
14. LONG AND WINDING ROAD
15. I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND
16. NOWHERE MAN
17. REVOLUTION
18. I SAW HER STANDING THERE
19. (2 WAY TIE) ALL MY LOVING, NORWEGIAN WOOD

OTHER SONGS THAT RECEIVED A GOOD DEAL OF VOTES:
WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS
YOUR BIRD CAN SING
RAIN
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
A HARD DAY’S NIGHT
PENNY LANE
DEAR PRUDENCE
TICKET TO RIDE
I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER
AND I LOVE HER
GET BACK
HEY BULLDOG
ELEANOR RIGBY
I WILL
TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS

TO DEMONSTRATE THE BREADTH OF THEIR CATALOGUE OF WORK, VIRTUALLY EVERY BEATLES SONG RECEIVED VOTES.
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE TOP 36 SONGS FINDS A NEARLY EXACT BREAKDOWN OF EARLY (1963-MID 1965), MIDDLE (LATE 1965-1967) AND LATE(1968-1970) PERIOD BEATLES.

IN THE TOP 20 SONGS, 9 1/2 WERE WRITTEN BY JOHN, 8 1/2 BY PAUL AND 2 BY GEORGE.

THE TOP 6 SONGS WERE WELL AHEAD OF THE OTHERS.

JUNE 23RD UPDATE: Here are the Top vote getters for the Beatles Solo Career.
1. IMAGINE (MORE THAN TWICE THE VOTES OF #2) – John
2. MAYBE I’M AMAZED – Paul
3. MY SWEET LORD – George
4. BAND ON THE RUN – Paul
5. MY LOVE – Paul
6. LIVE AND LET DIE – Paul
7. IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo
8. WOMAN – John
9. ALL THINGS MUST PASS – George
10. WATCHING THE WHEELS – John
11. WHAT IS LIFE – George
12. JEALOUS GUY – John
13. MULL OF KINTYRE – Paul
14. WORKING CLASS HERO – John
15. #9 DREAM – John
16. JET – Paul
17. INSTANT KARMA – John
18. UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul
19. PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo
20. (JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER – John

OTHER SONGS THAT RECEIVED A GOOD DEAL OF VOTES:
JUNIOR’S FARM, LET ME ROLL IT, BEAUTIFUL BOY , ISN’T IT A PITY, MIND GAMES, SILLY LOVE SONGS, EVERY NIGHT GIVE ME LOVE, ANOTHER DAY, GIMME SOME TRUTH, GOD, HERE TODAY, GIVE PEACE A CHANCE

OF THE TOP 20 SONGS, 8 WERE JOHN’S, 7-PAUL, 3-GEORGE, 2-RINGO
3 OF THE TOP 20 WERE FROM JOHN’S DOUBLE FANTASY
THREE ALBUMS EACH HAD TWO SONGS IN THE TOP 20
IMAGINE, BAND ON THE RUN, ALL THING MUST PASS

The Results from the Group portion of the survey will be posted on September 8th ,after the airing of Joe Johnson’s Beatles Brunch on 9/7.

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