2003 – Following a dispute over songwriting credits with John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney agrees to let “Lennon-McCartney” be. McCartney outraged many Beatles fans by demanding “Yesterday” and other McCartney songs be credited to “McCartney-Lennon.”
2003 – Paul McCartney wraps up his lucrative world tour with a show in Liverpool, birthplace of the Beatles.
2003 – A British fan who claims he caught the flu off of Beatle. Paul McCartney attempts to auction off the germ on eBay.
A bootleg recording is an audio and/or video recording of a performance that was not officially released by the artist, or under other legal authority. The process of making and distributing such recordings is known as bootlegging. A great many such recordings are simply copied and traded among fans of the artist without financial exchange, but some bootleggers are able to sell these rarities for profit, sometimes by adding professional-quality sound engineering and packaging to the raw material.
Bootlegs can consist of recordings of live performances, or material created in private or professional recording sessions. Changing technologies have had a great impact on the recording, distribution, and varying profitability of the underground industry.
Although distinct from unauthorized copying (“piracy”) and counterfeiting, as it involves material which has never been offered for commercial release, bootlegging is considered infringement in many jurisdictions. The copyrights for the song and the right to authorize recordings often reside with the artist, according to several international copyright treaties. The recording, trading and sale of bootlegs continues to thrive, however, even as artists and record companies attempt to provide “authorized” alternatives to satisfy the demand.
2002 – Elvis Presley reappears on the U.K. singles chart for the first time since shortly after his Deaths in 1977, thereby breaking a quarter-century-long stalemate with the Beatles for the most chart-topping singles in British history. The remix of his 1968 track A Little Less Conversation, credited to Elvis Vs. JXL and the first […]
2001 – Following a battle with cancer that began in 1998, Beatles’ lead guitarist George Harrison dies from his ailment at the age of 58. The quiet one will be sorely missed.
2001 – Yoko Ono visits the Beatle’s hometown of Liverpool, England, to attend a ceremony announcing the renaming of the Liverpool Airport as the Liverpool John Lennon Airport in honor of her late husband.
2001 – Michael Jackson releases a statement insisting he has no plans to sell the rights to the Beatles catalog. “I want to clarify a silly rumor,” the statement reads. “The Beatles Catalogue is not for sale; has not been for sale and will never be for sale.” Michael… I don’t know what to say… […]
2001 – it was reported that Paul McCartney was set to become the world’s first pop star billionaire. McCartney was said to be worth £725 million ($1,233) and was expected to become a billionaire after huge sales from The Beatles compilation hits album.
2000 – The Beatles return to No. 1 on the Chart Toppers 200 with a collection of their 27 chart-topping hits, appropriately titled “1.” The collection, which debuts at No. 1 in the U.K. a week earlier, sells nearly 595,000 copies in the U.S. during its first week.
2000 – The man who nearly a year earlier broke into the home of and stabbed former Beatle George Harrison is found not guilty by reason of insanity in the U.K.’s Oxford Crown Court. Michael Abram is ordered confined to a mental hospital indefinitely for his attack on Harrison and his wife, which left the […]
2000 – The Beatles sanction their first official Web site, www.thebeatles.com. The site launches in conjunction with the U.K. release of “1,” a compilation of 27 British and U.S. No. 1 tracks.