Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Paul McCartney Getting Married, Beatles Hits Keep Selling


Paul McCartney may or may not be getting married to Nancy Shevell this weekend or next month, depending on which tabloid you read. The couple announced their intention to marry and got a license in London. But with McCartney’s ballet opening on Thursday in New York it would seem like a tough week to shoehorn in a wedding. Either way, Nancy is great, she’s a relief after Paul’s misadventure with Heather Mills, and everyone is rooting for them.

Meantime, the Beatles just keep selling. The remastered “1” album, the brainstorm of the late Neil Aspinall, is a hit. The album sold 60,000 copies last week and maybe another 40,000 this week. Why? Who knows? Everything on it exists somewhere else. But for the Beatles and their various estates, for Apple Records and ITunes, and it’s another success story.

Now that “1”–which contains 27 number 1 singles–is big, here are some other collections that Apple should release: “Hey Jude,” “Rarities,” and the Beatles’ butcher cover “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” Bootleggers probably have their own ideas about what else could be released. Don’t hesitate to chime in. I’ve always wondered why there’s no Paul McCartney box set.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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