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Reprinted with permission from Hits Magazine

December 16, 2003

Did The Beatles' long and winding road include an attempted 1976 reunion?

The N.Y. Daily News reported today the existence of a recording that indicates the Fab Four tried to reunite in an L.A. recording studio six years after their famed April 1970 split.

Dealer Gary Zimet, of momentsintime.com, claims to have evidence of a tape box that indicates the band, and its longtime producer George Martin, gathered on Nov. 2, 1976, at Davlen Sounds, a studio in L.A.

The typed label indicates Warner/Elektra/Atlantic as the "client" and lists four new songs, "Happy Feeling," "Back Home," "Rockin' Once Again" and "People of the 3rd World" and one cover, "Little Girl."

Unfortunately, the tape inside the box was apparently erased, and none of the alleged songs are audible.

"Paul McCartney has done everything within his power to keep this out of print," Zimet told the Daily News. "Since it would be hideously embarrassing to him that the Beatles tried to get back together and failed. They ended up fighting and walked out of the studios."

The owner of the tape box and song listings is Arizona resident Keith Chrismon, who acquired the item six weeks ago from a former employee of Apple Records, the Beatle-owned label, who refused to make the find public out of fear of McCartney.

Chrismon supplied a May 1997 email, apparently from Davlen founder Len Kovner, to a Beatles researcher in Scotland: "Someone you know must have seen the 3M tape box with the Davlen Sound Studios logo and song list. It is rather difficult to talk about, as this is one of the most obscure events in the Beatles' history. As I was the engineer, along with other noted L.A. engineers, I still work with the remaining lads. If you would like to phone me... I can shed some additional light and stories about these historical and failed events."


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Reprinted with permission from Hits Magazine

December 16, 2003

Apple announced that it has sold more than 25 million downloads from its iTunes Music Store since the launch in April. That milestone number was hit last Friday, with the purchase of Frank Sinatra's version of "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" The song was purchased by a 14-year-old in Nebraska, who thought the song was free. Also, he thought he was downloading Linkin Park's "Numb."

The company is now selling 1.5 million songs per week, putting it on track to move 75 million per year. Before you get too jubilant, keep in mind that around 4 million people use Kazaa each week. Happy Holidays!

Said a dancing Apple CEO Steve Jobs, "With over 25 million songs purchased and downloaded to date, the iTunes Music Store is hands-down the most successful online music store. More importantly, we're selling iPods. You should buy an iPod. If you don't have an iPod, you're a loser. Soon you will all have iPods. Then we can control all of your moves."

In addition, Apple said that it has sold more than $1 million worth of iTunes gift certificates in the two months they have been available. There's nothing like unwrapping a gift certificate on Christmas morning.


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According to Billboard Magazine the Top 10 Artists of the Year (as measured by their rankings on Billboards Top 200 Albums chart) were:

1. 50 Cent
2. Norah Jones
3. Shania Twain
4. Dixie Chicks
5. Linkin Park
6. Avril Lavigne
7. John Mayer
8. R. Kelly
9. Toby Keith
10. Evanescence

One rapper, one jazzer, one R&B singer, three country artists, two hard rock bands, and two modern rock/pop singer-songwriters.

Doing pretty well in the diversity department, wouldn't you say? Something for everybody . . . well, almost.

Five of these artists released their debut albums in 2003. Only R. Kelly, Toby Keith the Dixie Chicks, and Shania Twain, have had relatively long-term success

One wonders how many of these artists will still be around in 10 years. We see a couple that might be.


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