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Chance The Rapper Aims for Prince-Level Collaborative Power With The Social Experiment’s ‘Surf’

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If you’ve never taken the plunge into the wonderful world of 1970s rock album credits, you’re likely unaware of the full extent of the incestuous linkages between some of the period’s best-known artists. Take Harry Nilsson, for instance, with records like Son of Schmilsson and Pussy Cats on which former Beatle Ringo Starr plays drums (pseudonymously, as Richie Snare, in the case of the former). Produced by John Lennon, that latter record from 1974 also features contributions from The Who’s Keith Moon, whose own solo outing the following year — Two Sides of the Moon — includes performances from Nilsson and Starr along with David Bowie, Joe Walsh of the Eagles, Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones, and several more. Follow these multiplying threads and the confluences continue in seemingly infinite directions.
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Beatles Tributes, Ranked

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For 50 years, popular culture has been paying tribute to The
Beatles. Innumerable covers of all qualities litter YouTube. Entire television specials are dreamt up, even now, to honor their contributions to music history. Every album anniversary is an opportunity for nostalgia of some sort, be it a tribute record, a Cirque du Soleil production, a video game, or a big-budget movie musical. And that’s not even counting the cover bands, with their cheap Liverpudlian accents and their even cheaper suits.
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25 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘A Hard Day’s Night’

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The Beatles took America by storm during their first visit to the U.S. in 1964. Just one month after their historic television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the band started working on a film that would bring Beatlemania to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night captured the boyish charm of the four lads from Liverpool (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison) who would change the face of popular music the world over. “Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time,” Janus Films writes. Criterion has restored the movie from the original 35mm camera negative for a first-time Blu-ray release that hit last month. In celebration of the release, A Hard Day’s Night is screening in select theaters this weekend. Here are 25 fun facts about the moptopped movie in preparation for your viewing.
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CBS’s Unwatchable Anniversary Special Illustrates How Not to Celebrate 50 Years of the Beatles

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Last weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America and their initial, ratings-shattering performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. You may have heard about this anniversary. It’s been mentioned a few times! The half-centennial came to a head last night on CBS, which aired The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, a two-and-a-half-hour mixture of documentary tribute and performance footage. The performances were reportedly culled from a four-hour concert the night after this year’s Grammys; one can only imagine what was left on the cutting room floor, considering the depressingly disastrous stuff that aired.
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Ranking the 2014 Grammy Performances from Best to Worst

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And so, the Grammys again. Since half the awards are given out before the ceremony even takes place, the abiding sources of interest these days are a) the outfits and b) the performances. As far as 2014 goes, the relevant points of interest on the former point were Pharrell’s hat (which, inevitably, already has its own Twitter account) and Kacey Musgraves’ curious dress. And the performances… well, as ever, they ranged from the almost sublime to the utterly ridiculous. Here’s our rundown of each any every one, starting with the best and working through to the ones that sent you to the fridge for several more… Read More

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7 Fascinating Works of Art Created on the iPad

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Even if you aren’t turned on by iPad art, it’s impossible to deny its power as an equalizer. When you consider the breadth of iPad art’s success — Paper, the most popular iPad app around, is also one of the top-grossing productivity apps ever — it can be overwhelming to think about how many different kinds of artists, famous and otherwise, have started to engage the medium seriously.
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10 Takes on the Pontiff in Pop Culture

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You needn’t be Catholic to know a new Pope was elected earlier this week. The 266th pontiff is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has taken the name Francis and is best remembered for washing and kissing the feet of AIDS patients. Meanwhile, human rights activists (and the Internet) are criticizing Pope Francis for a possible link to Argentina’s Dirty War in 1976 and his stance on same-sex marriage. Yesterday, we also reported that Bruno Ganz has been cast in Showtime’s upcoming series The Vatican as the fictional Pope Sixtus VI. Inspired by the lingering white smoke, we wanted to look back at the hilarious and fascinating ways the Pope has been portrayed in pop culture. Head past the break for more guys in funny hats.
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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. The nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards have been announced, with the new stage musical adaptation of Once leading the pack with 11 nods. The ceremony will be broadcast live from New York’s Beacon Theater on June 10. [via WaPo]

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Photos of Famous Musicians with Their Cameras

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Spotted by PetaPixel, Celebrity Camera Club is a highly-entertaining new Tumblr that collects photos taken of famous people taking photos. While we were impressed to find images of everyone from Barack Obama to Stanley Kubrick snapping pics, we couldn’t help but notice what a large portion of the collection was dominated by famous musicians. Whether it’s just another creative outlet or the thrill of being on the other side of the lens for a change, we can’t really say, but we’ve posted some of our favorite photos of these cultural icons and their cameras after the jump; click through to check them out, and be sure to head over to Celebrity Camera Club to view the full archive.
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