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Yoko Ono and the Flaming Lips cover John Lennon's 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)'

The Flaming Lips have a Beatles obsession. On last month’s With A Little Help From My Fwends, the experimental psych-rockers teamed with Miley Cyrus, Tegan and Sara, My Morning Jacket, and many more to cover every song off 1967’s classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Now they’ve partnered with Yoko Ono to cover John Lennon solo cut “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” for All Is Bright, a 40-track Amazon Prime holiday compilation. READ FULL STORY

Paul McCartney on reconciling with Yoko Ono: 'She's badass'

His album may be called New, but Paul McCartney is still down to discuss something as old as the ’60s: his rocky relationship with Yoko Ono.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Sir Paul cleared the air regarding his longrunning public disputes with John Lennon’s widow over the years, telling the magazine that things have been going smoothly thanks to “time, the great healer.”

“She’s badass,” McCartney admitted. “I thought, ‘If John loved her, there’s got to be something. He’s not stupid.’ It’s like, what are you going to do? Are you going to hold a grudge you never really had?”

He added that the late George Harrison also provided some helpful advice: “George would say to me, ‘You don’t want stuff like that hanging around in your life.'” READ FULL STORY

Cee Lo Green apologizes for changing lyrics to John Lennon's 'Imagine,' kind of

Cee Lo Green is no stranger to edited lyrics, but now he’s on the other side of the coin.

Earlier this week, the singer caught flack for changing the words to — and, as his detractors pointed out, the message of — John Lennon’s “Imagine” during his New Year’s Eve performance in Times Square, where he sang “all religion is true” instead of the late Beatle’s “and no religion too.” Cee Lo took to his Twitter to apologize, writing:

 “Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys! I was trying to say a world were u could believe what you wanted that’s all.”

Yet Green then quickly retook to Twitter to unapologize, apparently — the tweet can no longer be found on his account (though he left a tweet about listening to the Beatles’ “I’m Only Sleeping” intact).

We’re not sure what inspired his change of heart, so until we have a Taiwanese-animated reenactment explain it to us, we’ll only have the original document to go on: READ FULL STORY

Phil Spector's murder conviction appeal is rejected by a California court

Phil Spector’s attempt to overturn his murder conviction was rejected yesterday by a California appeals court, according to the AP.

The producer was convicted in April, 2009, of fatally shooting actress Lana Clarkson. Spector is currently serving a sentence of 19 years to life for second degree murder.

The appeals court dismissed the claim by Spector’s defense attorney Dennis Riordan that the prosecution should not have been allowed to call female witnesses who alleged Spector had threatened them with guns. The court also rejected the assertion that Clarkson might have killed herself.

Riordan later said that he would seek a re-hearing before the court and that he was prepared to petition the California Supreme Court.

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All-star Japan Relief album on iTunes now: Madonna, Gaga, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Eminem, U2, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, and more contribute 38 hits to $9.99 comp

Dozens of the world’s best-known recording artists have come together for a digital-only album—downloadable today on iTunes for $9.99—with 100% of profits dedicated to relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Japan. (To preview or purchase, click here.)

Songs for Japan features 38 tracks, the majority of them well-known hits, from a remastered version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Bob Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm” to Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” and Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable.”

Find a full tracklisting after the jump: READ FULL STORY

John Lennon 30 years after his death: Lost interview surfaces, family and fans remember

john-lennon-1980Image Credit: Steve Sands/AP ImagesJohn Lennon‘s life ended far too soon on Dec. 8, 1980. His murder can still be painful to think about, even after so much time has passed. What are we supposed to do when confronted with a crime so senseless, a loss so needless? Today, on the 30th anniversary of Lennon’s death, we might as well remember all the joy he brought into the world while he was still alive. Several newly published pieces might help fans do that.

The latest issue of Rolling Stone features one of Lennon’s final interviews, conducted just three days before he died and never before released in full. The audio excerpts RS has posted online are essential listening. “I’m not claiming divinity,” Lennon said at one point. “I’ve never claimed divinity. I’ve never claimed purity of soul. I’ve never claimed to have the answer to life. I’ve never made any claims. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can.” Later he spoke on the ways his philosophy had and hadn’t changed since the idealistic ’60s: “I see the world through different eyes now, [but] I still believe in love, peace and understanding, as Elvis Costello said. What’s so f—ing funny about love, peace, and understanding?READ FULL STORY

John Lennon: Is this his final audio recording?

John-LennonImage Credit: Vinnie Zuffante/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesHours before his tragic murder in December 1980, John Lennon sat down with a radio DJ for what would be his last interview ever. A producer who was present for the interview at Lennon’s New York home asked the singer to autograph a poster for him afterward — and now, 30 years later, with the autograph about to go up for auction, he’s released a previously unheard recording of the exchange.

You can hear the audio clip over at CNBC. It’s about a minute long, with Lennon bantering idly about which kind of pen to use and so on. In any other context this would be just a random footnote, but there’s something sadly compelling about listening in on what is apparently a mundane moment from Lennon’s last day of life.

What do you think of this clip? Was the producer right to release this after so many years? Let us know in the comments.

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John Lennon solo box set giveaway: Enter now to win!

john-lennon-setJohn Lennon‘s entire solo catalog was just reissued to mark what would have been his 70th birthday. Want to check out the remastered sound and handsome packaging without reaching for your wallet? You just might be in luck. The Music Mix is giving away a whole bunch of the new Lennon reissues today: Three Signature box sets (featuring all of his remastered solo albums), 10 copies of Power to the People (a new greatest hits CD), and 10 copies of the new Double Fantasy Stripped Down 2-CD (featuring the original 1980 album and a new alternate mix).

The CDs are courtesy of EMI, and are available while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis. The first three qualifying entrants will get the box set, and the next 10 will get both CDs. Want to win? Here’s how to enter:

1. Go to our Facebook page.

2. Click “Like” at the top of the page.

3. Find the post on our Wall announcing the giveaway, click Comment, and tell us what your favorite John Lennon solo tune is, and why. (Note: Commenting on this post won’t enter you in the giveaway; see the official rules after the jump.)

4. If you’re a winner, we’ll contact you via Facebook message to request your mailing address.

Get clicking: The giveaway starts NOW! READ FULL STORY

John Lennon's 70th birthday: How will you mark the day?

On this day 70 years ago, Oct. 9, 1940, John Lennon was born in Liverpool. It’s undeniably tragic that he is not around to celebrate his birthday today. But this can also be a happy occasion for fans, a time to reflect on all the joy that this great artist brought into the world before his senseless murder in 1980.

The 70th anniversary of Lennon’s birth is being marked around the globe in all kinds of ways. EMI rolled out a major reissue campaign of his solo catalog earlier this week — read all about it here. Last fall’s complete Beatles remasters still sound amazing as well. If you’re not up for buying any of those CDs, iTunes is offering a free download of “(Just Like) Starting Over” from the new Double Fantasy Stripped Down. This fresh version of one of his best-loved tunes, without some of the studio dressing from the original 1980 release, is well worth adding to your iPod.

There’s plenty of Lennon love elsewhere on the Web, too. Google‘s homepage has been decorated since yesterday with a cute animation based on Lennon’s drawings. Over at YouTube, you can check out video tributes to Lennon from his widow Yoko Ono, his old bandmate Ringo Starr, and fans from Brian Wilson to Jeff Bridges to the Jonas Brothers. You can also submit your own clip paying homage to Lennon if you like.

If you live in New York City, consider heading to Central Park’s SummerStage Theater tonight for a special free screening of a new documentary about Lennon’s years in the city, LENNONYC. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. screening. (If you’re not based in NYC or you can’t make it, don’t worry — PBS will air the film Nov. 22.)

Those are just a few of the many options available for honoring Lennon today. Will you be celebrating his 70th birthday? Let us know how in the comments.

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Auction controversy: Gallery owner tells EW about FBI raid on John Lennon item, rare Lady Gaga demos

john-lennon-immigration-appImage Credit: Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty ImagesComing across John Lennon’s signed and fingerprinted mid-1970s application for U.S. residence was a major coup for Gotta Have It! Collectibles CEO Pete Siegel. So he put a photo of the 10 inch by 10 inch cardboard form on the cover of a new auction catalog about a week ago — only to receive a phone call from the FBI within days. “They wanted to inspect the card, so we said, ‘Sure, come in,'” Siegel tells EW. Soon an FBI agent and someone from the Department of Homeland Security showed up at his midtown Manhattan gallery to ask questions about the item’s provenance. (Siegel says he got it from a consigner.) Yesterday morning, the FBI returned with a subpoena and seized the Lennon card.

“I don’t know why it was so important that they had to have it back,” says Siegel. Some reports have speculated that the card was government property, but Siegel says the federal agent mentioned nothing of the kind, only citing “an ongoing investigation” that he would not elaborate on. The FBI infamously put Lennon under surveillance during the 1970s, producing a lengthy file that was only released after a long court battle; it remains unclear what connection, if any, this unspecified current investigation has to do with that old one.

While Siegel complied with the FBI’s subpoena on his attorney’s advice, he still has his doubts about the raid. “My belief is that if it wasn’t John Lennon’s card, if it was anybody else’s, I would never have heard from authorities. I just think that the fact is, anything that has to do with the government and John Lennon, they believe shouldn’t be in the public’s hands.”

That said, the raid hasn’t exactly been bad for business. “I don’t know what’s going on,” says Siegel. “All I know is that I’ve never gotten more press in my life.” And he’s eager to hype the other 849 lots in his Gotta Have Rock and Roll online auction, which opened yesterday and will continue through Oct. 15.

Another particularly interesting item is a 2002 demo CD by Lady Gaga, who was still going by Stefani Germanotta at the time. Siegel says the pop star gave the disc in 2006 to then-manager Bob Leone, who is now putting it up for auction. The CD contains four previously unreleased tunes with names like “Kisses Are Quarters,” “Selfish Girl,” and “In a Dream.” No one besides Gaga, Leone, and the auctioneers has ever heard them.

“It’s a lot more subdued than the stuff she does today,” says Siegel. “She’s got a little bit of Jewel in her. She’s terrific.” He notes that the physical CD is being sold on its own as a collector’s item, not including the associated copyright, so whoever wins won’t be able to publish the rare tunes. “You can go ahead and put it on your iPod and love it and play the disc for your friends or whatever, but it’s totally illegal to [release the music] without the rights.”

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