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Malaya Watson in ‘American Idol’ top 8 after singing Beatles’ hit

Malaya Watson, a Filipino-American in the hit singing contest “American Idol,” belts out with her performance of the Beatles’ song “Long and Winding Road.” Screengrab from American Idol’s YouTube account.

Back with her signature look of braces, glasses, and a big hairdo, Filipino-American Malaya Watson got in the top 8 of the hit singing contest “American Idol” after singing a Beatles’ song.

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Beatles JFK landing to be recreated 50 years later

Britain’s Beatles make a windswept arrival in New York in this Feb. 7, 1964 file photo, as they step down from the plane that brought them from London, at Kennedy airport. From left to right, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. AP FILE PHOTO

One of the most tumultuous welcomes in pop history is to be recreated next month when UK officials and a tribute band recreate the Beatles’ historic 1964 landing at JFK airport.

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The Bootleg Beatles: Making believers out of skeptics

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John, Paul, George and Ringo. The four blokes from Liverpool are back. Well, sort of. They may have disbanded some 45 years ago, John and George may have long gone to their gig in the Great Stadium in the Sky, but their music and, in a peculiar way, their likeness, lives on. The Bootleg Beatles is arguably the closest thing to the real Fab Four.

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Sparkling covers in ‘Glee’s’ Beatles tribute

MICHELE. Captures the timelessness of the Fab Four’s biggest hits

“Glee” is getting a big boost from The Beatles’ songbook, with Lea Michele, Darren Criss, Demi Lovato and company serving Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison’s iconic tunes well in the first two episodes (“Love, Love, Love” and “Tina in the Sky with Diamonds”) of the musical series’ much buzzed-about fifth season. [...]

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Lennon reveals ‘torture’ of Beatles’ final album

This July 27, 2013 image shows a photograph of the Beatles taken in 1964 by photographer Mike Mitchell on exhibit at the David Anthony Fine Art gallery in Taos, N.M. Mitchell’s portraits of the Beatles are the centerpiece of a monthlong photography exhibition at the gallery. This marks the first time the portraits have been exhibited since their 2011 unveiling at a Christie’s auction in New York City. AP

Recording their 12th and last studio album was nothing short of “torture” for The Beatles, said John Lennon in a tape-recorded interview coming up for auction this month.

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Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar dies at 92

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‘GODFATHER OF WORLD MUSIC’. In this Aug. 3, 1967 file photo, George Harrison, of the Beatles, left, sits cross-legged with his musical mentor, Ravi Shankar of India, in Los Angeles, as Harrison explains to newsmen that Shankar is teaching him to play the sitar. Shankar, the sitar virtuoso who became a hippie musical icon of the 1960s after hobnobbing with the Beatles and who introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over an eight-decade career, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. He was 92. AP

With an instrument perplexing to most Westerners, Ravi Shankar helped connect the world through music. The sitar virtuoso hobnobbed with the Beatles, became a hippie musical icon and spearheaded the first rock benefit concert as he introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over a nearly century-long career.

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Ex-Beatle McCartney gets French legion of honor

French President Francois Hollande (left) awards British musician Paul McCartney during a decoration ceremony photo session at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. Hollande decorated the former Beatle with a Legion of Honor award, France's highest public distinction which has been awarded to the likes of actor Clint Eastwood and singer Liza Minnelli and Barbara Streisand. AP/ Philippe Wojazer, Pool

France’s Elysee Palace said former Beatle Paul McCartney has been decorated with the legion of honor for services to music.

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Paul McCartney: rock’s patriarch still going strong at 70

Paul McCartney (AP Photo/Dominic Lipinski/PA, file)

His ballad “Yesterday” is one of the most covered songs in history — but as he turns 70 on Monday, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney shows no signs of settling back to reflect on his extraordinary past.

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Help! London theatre seeks Beatles lookalikes


More than a hundred mop-topped musicians have flocked to a London theater in the hope of being cast as Paul, John, George or Ringo in a new Beatles-inspired musical.

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Films, books inspired murderers

NO PAROLE FOR MANSON. Debra Tate, sister of murdered actress Sharon Tate, cries at a news conference as she recalls her feelings of relief upon learning that Charles Manson would be denied parole, after she testified at a parole hearing for Manson at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, Calif., Wednesday, April 11, 2012. The panel denied parole for mass murderer Manson, 77, in his 12th and possibly final bid for freedom. Tate testified that Mason has shown no remorse for his crimes and should not be granted parole. AP/Tracie Cone

Life imitates art—no matter how ugly. The world was reminded of this on Thursday when Anders Behring Breivik told an Oslo court that the popular military game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” and the online role-playing game “World of Warcraft” helped condition him for his shooting rampage that killed 77 people last summer in Oslo and at a youth camp on Utoya island.

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John Lennon peace sign sells for $150,000

A 1969 "bed peace" placard made by John Lennon is put on display for the media ahead of a Pop and Rock memorabilia sale at Christie's in London on Nov. 11, 2011. AP

A placard reading “Bed Peace”, which was made by former Beatle John Lennon during his peace-in with wife Yoko Ono at a Canadian hotel, fetched almost £100,000 at a London auction on Tuesday.

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Paul McCartney ballet opens in New York

They didn’t quite board a yellow submarine, but performers at the New York City Ballet danced into an underwater world in the premiere of Paul McCartney’s ballet debut “Ocean’s Kingdom”

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