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Paul McCartney

"On December 13 at 8:00 pm ET, history will be made. For the first time in his legendary career, Paul McCartney will perform at Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater, at an exclusive live concert event for SiriusXM listeners. This very special, invitation-only concert will celebrate SiriusXM reaching 20 million subscribers, a milestone the company expects to achieve shortly. As a thank you to its loyal subscribers, SiriusXM will broadcast the concert LIVE nationwide, as well as offer a few lucky subscribers the opportunity to attend this historic event in person." [SiriusXM]
Meanwhile, as you probably heard. "The Beatles dominated the iTunes chart on their first day of digital sales, with Hey Jude proving the most popular download." A press release they sent out about that on Tuesday can be read below...

BEATLES ON ITUNES

All 13 Legendary Beatles Studio Albums & Special Digital Box Set
· Apple Corps, EMI and Apple are proud to announce that The Beatles are now available for the first time on the iTunes Store http://www.itunes.com

· Starting today, each of the Beatles' 13 legendary remastered studio albums, including "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Revolver," "The Beatles [The White Album]," and "Abbey Road", will be available as iTunes LPs, which create an immersive album experience with a beautiful design and expanded visual features including a unique mini-documentary about the creation of each album.

· The two-volume "Past Masters" compilation and the classic "Red" and "Blue" collections are also available as iTunes LPs.

· A special digital "Beatles Stereo Box Set" contains the 13 remastered studio albums as iTunes LPs with all mini-documentaries, "Past Masters," and the "Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964" concert film, a worldwide iTunes exclusive which captures the Beatles' very first US concert in its entirety.

· Individual songs from all the albums & box set are also available to purchase.

· In addition, Beatles fans can stream and view the "Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964" concert film from iTunes for free until December 31 2010.

· Visit The Beatles iTunes homepage. http://www.itunes.com/thebeatles

· Visit The Beatles official site: http://thebeatles.com

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Comments (107)

McCartney should've played the Joker in the Dark Knight

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 10:12 AM

The beatles are the most overrated musical group in history.

I know this opinion is rather controversial, but it is also factual.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 10:21 AM

So happy I'm going to this!! Shit will be hot! Thank you Paul for the tix!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 10:22 AM

who are these idiots?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 10:22 AM

^I would say Animal Collective and Guided By Voices claims that title

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 10:23 AM

^also NMH!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 10:23 AM

animal collective is most definitely not overrated

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 10:24 AM

I tend to agree with 10:21's controversial opinion. Of course they are great, but overrated indeed. Beach Boys are better, as are The Kinks.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 10:27 AM

Beach Boys better than the Beatles?!?

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 10:29 AM

10:22: you are going nowhere.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 10:29 AM

Paul McCartney is the 2nd lamest beatle.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 10:31 AM

Most impossible show of the year to get into.

Sirius has 20 million subscribers. If even 5 percent of those subscribers enter this contest, that's one million people trying to get into a small venue.

Good luck.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 10:32 AM

So, they are celebrating reaching 20 million subscribers by giving a few tickets out and having the rest filled with VIPs. They should be giving most of the seats in the venue to the subsribers. When Howard Stern leaves next month, they can have Neon Indian play the Rockwood Music Hall to celebrate being back down to four million subscribers.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 10:37 AM

McCartney is pretty lame. His goofy, juvenile bridge on A Day in the Life really bugs me.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 10:44 AM

Satellite radio, iTunes files...I'd say go with the vinyl

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 10:56 AM

10:21 and 10:27 are candidates for a re-education camp (WITH beatings with a bamboo stick). your opinion is not "controversial," 10:21. it is beyond comical.

i LOVE the kinks (who can at least be mentioned in the same breath as the beatles)and have a healthy respect for the beach boys (who can't), but really.

the beatles were the best and the likelihood of anyone besting their musical achievements is slimmer than none (and slimmer than your hipster slacks).

now, paul mccartney post beatles? a loser.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:04 AM

baba booey!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:05 AM

if you think the beatles are overrated, it's because you are an idiot. now you know.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:08 AM

The beatles are not "the best"
That title belongs to the rolling stones.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:11 AM

macca post the beatles is hardly a loser. sorry if you haven't been paying much attention.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:11 AM

11:11 - you are funny. name me one legitimately bad beatles album. i could name you at least 5 terrible stones albums.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:15 AM

There is no danger in this show... It ain't gonna be rocking... It's just gonna be a bunch of lame studio musicians paying homage to once was, but is no more.

Hang it up Paul. Your boring me with your fake rock and roll and hair treatments.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:16 AM

All the beatles albums are legitimately bad. All of them... Including your precious white album.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:18 AM

11:11 - i HAVE been paying attention. i saw wings in 1976 and mccartney in 1989 (2x).

his juvenile attempt to re-write history by reversing the "lennon/mccartney" songwriting credit to put his name first on songs he wrote screams of playground politics.

he is a silly, shallow man who, aside from his vegetarianism and interest in animal rights, has little to offer the world.

sadly, the 2 most impressive beatles are dead.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:18 AM

I agree, not all the stones albums are good, but when you compare Lennon to Jagger, or Richards to Mcartney, the cool factor is clearly in the stones corner.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:22 AM

okay richards may be cooler than mccartney NOW, but mccartney in the beatles was awesome. you can't deny that. mccartney now? complete douche.

as far as lennon/jagger comparison - lennon was a badass. jagger was also, but lost all my respect with that stupid video he did with bowie

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:26 AM

11:22 - "cool factor??" what does that mean exactly? of course i don't expect you to know as you are clueless.

elvis presley was cool, i suppose, but he didn't write a song or play an instrument. but buddy holly on the other hand epitomized "nerd" yet he stands head and shoulders above the so-called "king" as he wrote some of the best songs in rock history and played some helluva guitar.

by the way, the beatles named themselves after buddy's band (the crickets) and covered his songs.

musical talent and "coolness" don't necessarliy go hand-in-hand, but ignorance and you do.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:28 AM

11:28 you make some valid points but i don't understand your animosity towards 11:22

buddy holly was just amazing. pretty much trumps all

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:30 AM

Wavves trumps all.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:32 AM

"11:11 - you are funny. name me one legitimately bad beatles album. i could name you at least 5 terrible stones albums."

That's because the Beatles quit while they were ahead.

If the Stones had broken up after Some Girls or Tatoo You, you wouldn't be able to list five terrible Stones albums.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:36 AM

I could name at least five terrible Kinks albums, and more than five terrible Beach Boys albums.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:37 AM

well, that's pretty much my point. bands that keep going well past their best work taint their career overall.

hence the who, weezer, foo fighters...

but not the beatles.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:39 AM

The Stones are a blues band. The beatles are pop.
Comparisons are difficult to make, but look at it this way. If all of them were just regular guys on the street and not famous musicians, who would you rather hang out with?

Obviously the stones wins that comparison. I'd probably give ringo a long talk about his stupid glasses.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:41 AM

Any band that has a long career will have bad albums...I could list a bunch of bad Dylan albums too. In retrospect The Beatles career was short and compact, they never had a chance to taint the legacy, although Sir Paul is trying the best he can.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:41 AM

both 11:41's - very funny and i agree

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:43 AM

I actually don't think there are any bad Dylan albums.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:44 AM

except that if you're talking about who i'd want to hang with in like 1967? the beatles in a flash. before ringo's stupid glasses.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:44 AM

"There is no danger in this show... It ain't gonna be rocking... It's just gonna be a bunch of lame studio musicians paying homage to once was, but is no more."

HA HA HA. Idiot. Puul's been playing with the same back up band for over a decade now. They are a time tested road machine, nor a bunch of lame studio musicians, and are certainly rocking.


plus, Paul has been mixing up the setlist recently, so it's not the same safe set anymore..

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:45 AM

his backup band is good, but let's not pretend he's touring with like sonic youth or the flaming lips or something. he's not gonna exactly break new ground here

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:47 AM

Yeah, "Ruby Tuesday." Awesome blues song.

The band you'd rather hang out with is obviously the better band. That's why indie music is rad; they're people I can relate to, and that's what makes the music so great.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:53 AM

The stones in 1967 > the beatles in 1967

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:56 AM

11:56 HA HA HA HA

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:58 AM

Animal Collective is 100% overrated.

The Beatles aren't the messiahs Apple & the majority of music journalists make them out to be, but they're still a fucking great band.

Posted by M | November 18, 2010 12:01 PM

I think the beatles are a good band and have written a few clever little diddies amidst their acid tripping... But people refer to them as "the greatest band of all time" and that is why I think they are overrated.

Whenever I hear "I wanna hold your hand" It makes me reach for my copy of catcher in the rye.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 12:04 PM

clever little ditties...

name me one other band as prolific and consistently great as the beatles

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 12:06 PM

WAVVES > BEATTLES

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 12:08 PM

here, here!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 12:08 PM

I think the doors are as prolific and constantly as great as the beatles.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 12:11 PM

true, the doors were great...

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 12:12 PM

You could condense the achievements of the Doors onto a single LP, perhaps called "Best of the Doors." It will include nothing from Soft Parade.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 12:19 PM

" OPEN ONLY to those who have been an active Sirius or XM subscriber (self-paid or automotive company-paid) continuously since November 15, 2010"

Isn't that illegal? Have a lottery only for subscribers is tantamount to running your own lottery, which is not allowed. Most contests get around the law by having the "free" option being complicated such as sending something via snail mail.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 12:20 PM

i love the soft parade... that is an unfounded statement. they were trying something new.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 12:21 PM

Yes, 12:21. Psychedelic loungecore. I'll pass.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 12:22 PM

Touch me is on soft parade. That's a killer song

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 12:24 PM

The Beatles would be nothing without George Martin. The Beach Boys had Brian Wilson, a man truly ahead of his time. The Beatles were clueless until they heard Pet Sounds.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 12:30 PM

i don't think "clueless" is the right word. to say that they didn't write amazing songs before hearing pet sounds is a silly statement. they were clearly influenced by that album, and like all great works they took that inspiration to the next level.

and it drove brian wilson INSANE

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 12:34 PM

I love when the "beatles are overrated" faction start with how the beach boys (of all groups) are better.

The Beach Boys were a signing group - not a band. They didn't play on their own records until much later. Way past Pet Sounds.

Did the BBs sing on great records? Sure. But they didn't MAKE them. Brian and the best session guys and girl (Carol Kaye) did.

I know, it's soooooo cool to talk smack about the Beatles, so carry on.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 12:55 PM

Yoko Ono is underrated.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 12:59 PM

yoko IS underrated.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 1:06 PM

I would rather hang out with the Beatles because they had a better sense of humor than the Rolling Stones.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 1:21 PM

the beatles are overrated only because they're rated as musical gods when they're really "only" a great pop/rock band on the same level as several other great bands.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 1:24 PM

Thanks goodness Paul isn't playing with Sonic Youth as a backing band. Nothing is more boring than Sonic Youth live

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 1:25 PM

stern rules. baba booey.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 1:32 PM

The influence of the Beatles goes beyond music folks.

Most of you young-uns don;t realize or care or understand that they changed a lot of things non-musical. The entire youth culture of the 60's was moved forward with the help of the Beatles, something that none of the other bands mentioned in this thread can claim

While the Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Kinks, etc musical accomplishments can be argued and compared endlessly, none of these bands had a non musical effect on the cultural landscape of the 20th Century the way the Beatles had.

For this alone, the Beatles are in a class by themselves and cannot ever be considered overrated.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 1:52 PM

Hipsters like the Beach Boys. Real people like the Beatles.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 1:54 PM

1:52 and 1:54 well said

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 1:56 PM

1:52 is not accurate.
The beatles did not"move youth culture forward in the 60s".

That movement had nothing to do with the fab 4. The beatles people have tried to make them bigger and more important then they are, when in fact all they were is a decent band whose influence has been greatly exaggerated and tought to the youth as facts.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 2:23 PM

Also, 1:52- in what ways did they "move youth culture forward?"

I guess if you mean encouraging people to take lots of drugs, do it in the road and NOT have revolutions (what a bummer you'd be at a party!) because everything's going to be juuuust fine, then yes, they should be lauded as heroes.

"Phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust"

J. Strummer

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 2:27 PM

"Real people?" Are they anything like the "Real Americans" Sarah Palin talks about?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 2:30 PM

Rolling Stones > the complete combined output then the Beatles, Beach Boys and Kinks.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 2:32 PM

The whole "move youth culture forward" argument is ridiculous. The Beatles sold a lot of lunchboxes to the kiddies and teens got bad haircuts to emulate them, but if you want to talk about making a difference, challenging the status quo, and "move youth culture forward" you should be talking about Dylan.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 2:37 PM

2:37 well said.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 2:41 PM

youth culture killed my dog

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 2:47 PM

todays youth culture is powered by the chickpea.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 2:49 PM

2:47...and I don't think it's fair.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 2:56 PM

they want what they're not and i wish they stop sayin'

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 3:04 PM

Another point to consider: Lennon & McCartney wrote the Stones' first UK top-20 hit.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 3:15 PM

what was that, "i wanna be your man?"

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 3:16 PM

I love when some overeducated d-bag tries to pretend they don't understand the meaning of terms like "cool factor" even though they obviously live and breathe pop culture.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 3:16 PM

The comments on this board are examples of the precise reason why I left the university teaching community. Most people under 35 are idiots.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 3:17 PM

3:16 - Yes, "I wanna Be Your Man"

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 3:20 PM

3:17 will soon be that guy that points at kids telling them to get off his lawn.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 3:23 PM

Hey, 3:17, wasn't it your generation that said, "don't trust anyone over 30!"

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 3:46 PM

The Beatles are the most important band in Rock and Roll history. FACT

If you don't understand why, then you're an idiot.

Whoever suggested that the Beach Boys were better, hahahahaha!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 3:46 PM

to the guy who said there aint any bad dylan albums look at the fucking Christmas album dumbass

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 4:00 PM

we need more lucas dell'abate!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 4:03 PM

Passion Pit sucks. Lifeless hipsters.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 4:04 PM

Yeah - besides harmony singing (debatable), what else are the Beach Boys better at?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 4:07 PM

3:46 represents the ignoramuses on here. It's not really a question of importance in the history of rock and roll, save that bullshit for Rolling Stone Magazine to debate. You'd be a fool to come in with an end-all be-all conclusion as to "who is the best." The point is that all the bands mentioned thus far made different contributions that can be debated endlessly. Have you ever heard any of the Smile material? There is certainly room for analysis. There are no "FACTS."

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 4:09 PM

@4:07 It kinda comes down to personal taste. I guess the most touching Beatles song would be Yesterday or In My Life? Most touching Beach Boys song would probably be God Only Knows. Beatles probably have a better overall discography, but I'll actually take God Only Knows as far as songs that give you goosebumps...

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 4:18 PM

To 4:18 - I agree. "God Only Knows" might just be the greatest song ever written.

The point that I made before about the BBs (12:55) was that they don't compare as a band to the Beatles, because the Beach boys weren't really a band on record. They were a singing group.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 4:25 PM

4:09

Your reading comprehension skills are lacking. Nowhere did I say "best".

I said "important". Perhaps I should have said "influential" instead. There has been no band more influential than the Beatles.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 4:38 PM

The youth movement had nothing to do with the fab four?

Oh really?

Before the Beatles came around, hardly any boys had long hair. From 1964 onwards, hairstyles changed mostly mirroring the length and style of the Beatles.

An argument can be made that we now consider the 1960's didn't even really start until the arrival of the Beatles in the US. in 1964 If you look at the culture and especially the youth culture in this country in 1960 through 1963, it's still pretty much the status quo of the 50's.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 5:22 PM

And don't forget that Charles Manson and his followers based their whole murderous rampage on the White Album.

they were part of the youth culture.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 5:22 PM

Dylan had a major influence on musicians and music, but in terms of fashion, hairstyle, attitude and social change of the American mainstream, the Beatles were far more influential.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 5:25 PM

typical hipster stance:

It's cool to like the Beach Boys and cool to bash the Beatles.

totally expected response.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 5:28 PM

Even the "provocative" comments on here are boooooring...

But not as boring as the Beach Boys.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 5:33 PM

anyone who thinks the Beach Boys are boring is clueless

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 5:35 PM

smile sessions... yawn...idiot...

Posted by xtc | November 18, 2010 5:36 PM

the best thing about these comments is that this is the first time in a while that a discussion/argument has occured on this site that concerns REAL music and REAL bands.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 5:37 PM

True, I don't think there has been one mention of that pasty beige substance!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 6:37 PM

Elvis caused hair style changes long before te beatles

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 7:05 PM

So now whoever inspired the most new hairstyles is the best? That would make barbers the true heroes, not the musicians.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 7:08 PM

HUMMU... oh forget it

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 10:17 PM

I have sampled homemade hummus from both Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger and I can say that Jagger uses way too much tahini in his blend. McCartney's hummus is a refreshing blend of lemon and olive oil mixed in with the phytonutrient blend of the chickpea.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2010 11:17 PM

charles manson is misunderstood.

and he never killed anyone.

yet he sits in jail and always will.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2010 2:11 PM

youth culture killed my dog

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