Tuesday, May 21, 2024

The Beatles Hit Number 1 with “Abbey Road” 50 Years Later, Dodge a Dud as Movie “Lucy in the Sky” Crashes


It’s good news and kind of good news for John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

The 50th anniversary edition of “Abbey Road” sold over 65,000 copies on CD and in downloads and finished at number 1 on that chart. Amazing. The 3 CD set with book costs around 90 bucks, so you do the math. Meantime, another 10,000 equivalent copies streamed put “Abbey Road” at number 3 this week on the overall chart according to BuzzAngle and hitsdailydouble.com.

The kind of good news is that The Beatles were smart enough to not lease the master recording of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” for the Natalie Portman movie called “Lucy in the Sky.” The movie is a box office and critical dud. On the soundtrack, a cover version of “Lucy” appears, not the original John Lennon sung classic from “Sgt. Pepper” or the famous hit by Elton John.

The Beatles have already had their movie success this year with “Yesterday,” a smash hit featuring all cover versions of their music and a real recording of “Hey Jude” at the end.

The success of “Abbey Road” follows the 50th anniversary editions of “Sgt. Pepper” and the “White Album.” Next up in March 2020 is “Let it Be.” As a flourish after that, I wouldn’t mind a remastered, remixed “Hey Jude” album, aka The Beatles Again. An American release, it’s available on line on amazon as single CD disc from the Beatles’ American releases box set.

Roger Friedman
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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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