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Beatle news: Chart news; Macca ticket price drop; Ringo photos; Mersey Beat book

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On the new Billboard charts dated April 26 and made public April 18, The Beatles' “1” album sat at #151 on The Billboard 200, up slightly from #157 last week. It's the album's 169th week on the chart. On the Catalog Albums chart, “1” is at #35, down from #27. Also, on the Vinyl Albums chart, “Abbey Road” is at #14, down from #13.

Ticket discounts: As Paul McCartney begins his new shows on his Out There! Tour, the newspaper El Pais reports the price of still-available tickets in Montevido, Uruguay, where the tour will open Saturday, has dropped 50 percent through some online ticket brokers. Tickets from one broker originally priced at 2,875 pesos ($125 USD) were now selling for 1,380 pesos ($60).

Last chance to vote: Our survey on what song you'd like to hear Paul add to his Out There! set list closes later today. We'll announce the results before tomorrow night's first show in Montevideo.

All he's got is a photograph: Genesis Publications has announced that Ringo Starr will follow up his “Photograph” book with a very limited signed portfolio of his photos. The portfolio sells for £1,900 or $3,191 USD according to current exchange rates. Only 25 will be available.

A different drum: Gregg Bissonnette finally made the big announcement Thursday that he'd been hinting at for several days: He announced a new partnership with Dixon Drums in which he'll work in several capacities including product consultant and artist endorser. The company said it will introduce the Artisan Series Gregg Bissonette Signature drum set this fall.

Japan only: News of two new Japan-only Beatles-related releases was revealed this week. The five-CD “The Japan Box” will gather five Japanese Beatles albums for the first time on CD, while a two-disc Paul McCartney “NEW” Japan Tour Edition repackage will have the album and a new DVD. A spokesman for McCartney's label Hear Music told Beatles Examiner the McCartney release was to acknowledge the album getting gold certification in Japan.

Mersey Beat book: Bill Harry, founder and editor-in-chief of the famed Mersey Beat newspaper, says that two major publishers of quality books are working with him to produce a “Mersey Beat” book that will include a number of unique items. This is great news since the newspaper was right on the scene during the Beatles' career and figured so prominently in the Beatles history. We're looking forward to this book.

Bermuda Peace: This year's Bermuda Peace Day Concert weekend inspired by John Lennon will take place Sept. 18 through 21, organizers of the Lennon Bermuda events announced this week. The concerts will benefit the Ride the Wave Foundation.

You say it's their birthdays: Beatletour.com is offering a UK tour in June to see Beatle sites for Paul McCartney's birthday. Additionally, they also have an October tour that will celebrate John Lennon's birthday in Liverpool.

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