British bands the biggest in the world

The Beatles have long been confirmed as the biggest band in the world but now it seems the top bands in the world all hail from the UK.

The quartet of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon crossed the billion albums sold threshold joining only single artistes Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson in the top three.

The top 20 artists in music history are The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, AC/DC, Whitney Houston, The Rolling Stones, Queen, ABBA, The Eagles, U2, Billy Joel, Phil Collins, Aerosmith, Frank Sinatra, and Barbra Streisand.

Of that number the Brits include Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Queen, and U2. Some of the biggest solo acts are also British including Elton John and Phil Collins

The list of biggest selling artists includes those that have sold over 75 million albums worldwide

Except for the The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson, only Madonna, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd have sold over 250 million albums worldwide.

The Australian group AC/DC and Swedish band ABBA join those that have sold between 100 and 200 million albums worldwide.


Doctors compete to treat Michael Jackson


Michael Jackson’s doctors competed to treat the late pop star according to his ex-wife Debbie RoweRowe, who was married to Jackson from 1996-1999, was testifying at a trial in which Jackson’s mother, Katherine, is suing tour promoter AEG Live.

Rowe, who testified on behalf of AEG, said that each of the doctors offered Jackson, who died in 2009, strong painkillers. This was well before his death from an overdose of the surgical anaesthetic propofol, on June 25 2009.

Rowe, who is the mother of the King of Pop’s two older children, said the singer had a very low tolerance for pain. As such, doctors had over the years prescribed potent drugs like Demerol, Dilaudid, Oxycodone, and Vicodin.

Katherine Jackson is suing the promoter in a multi-million case for negligently retaining Conrad Murray who looked after Jackson during the “This Is It” tour.

The doctor was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in 2011. He had prescribed the drug because the “Thriller” singer had chronic insomnia.

The former nurse, who now raises horses, said that because of the music stars history of chronic pain he was ling being prescribed powerful drugs.


Paul McCartney wins back rights to Beatles songs

Let It Be – and so it shall be as Sir Paul McCartney has won back the rights to the Beatles songs he lost to Michael Jackson over 30 years ago.

McCartney lost the publishing rights to the quartet’s songs when Jackson outbid him to buy them for a reported £31 million pounds and was disappointed again when they were not left to him in Jackson’s will when the singer died in 2009.

The duo were friends and even teamed up for songs like “The Girl Is Mine” and “Say, Say, Say” before the King of Pop’s move turned caused the relationship to sour.

McCartney, who has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, will regain the songs and be able to claim the titles and earn royalties and licensing money in another five years under the US Copyright Act.

Under the Act songs written before 1978 become the property of the songwriter after 56 years. This means McCartney will regain most of the songs by 2026.

McCartney, who recently married for the third time, following an ugly divorce from Heather Mills, is already worth a reported £680 million.

Back in 2005, Sony paid Jackson £62 million pounds for 50 per cent of the rights to the back catalogue.

It is not known how much the catalogue is worth these days.


Dance music hitting the high notes in the Uk

Dance music is gaining popularity in the UK. The latest data from the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) says that dance music is the most popular it has been in the Isles since 2006. The genre has a market share of 16.3%. That is behind the two largest market shareholders pop and rock.

Singles in the genre have also gone up by 19.1% in the first six months of the year and dance album sales are up by more than one third.

At least ten dance songs have sold more than a quarter of a million copies in the last seven months.

Calvin Harris beat Michael Jackson’s record for the most top ten hits from a single album in April with the album 18 Month. Harris has had eight top ten hits while Jackson’s previous record was seven.

Dance music single sales are up by 19.1 per cent.

Other interesting facts see that more than one in six singles sold in the UK between January and June were dance tracks; six of May’s top ten selling singles were dance songs, and 46.9 per cent of dance songs were downloaded.

Among the most popular acts are Daft Punk, whose album Get Lucky took 69 days to sell 1 million copies in the Uk.


Broadway sings Amy Winehouse

The music of deceased British pop star Amy Winehouse will be brought to Broadway as part of the Broadway Sings series in Broadway Sings Amy Winehouse at le Poisson Rouge on September 9.

Winehouse’s songs will be sung by more than 20 Broadway performers during the show. They will be accompanied by a full band orchestra which will perform new arrangements of the singer’s greatest hits.

Among those will be “Rehab“, “Back to Black“, “You Know I’m No Good” and “Valerie“. The music will be orchestrated and arranged by Joshua Stephen Kartes. The series has previously featured works by British artiste Adele, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé and Stevie Wonder.

Winehouse died from alcohol intoxication at age 27 on July 23, 2011 in her Camden, London flat. A subsequent coroner’s inquest showed that she had four times the legal limit of alcohol in her blood at time of death.

The coroner’s report said that “The unintended consequences of such potentially fatal levels was her sudden death.”

Winehouse’s life is also to be the subject of a documentary to be directed by Asif Kapadia.An exhibit of her personal items is currently on display at the London Jewish Museum until September 13.