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Beatles news: Chart update; Paul visits Liverpool; Japanese Macca CD on Amazon

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On the Billboard charts for the issue of May 17 and made public May 9, the Beatles “1” album is at #36 on the Catalog Album chart, down from #29 last week. On the Billboard 200, “1” is at #181, down from #177. And on the Social 50, the Beatles re-entered the chart at #46.

Harrison guitar to be auctioned next week: A 1962 Rickenbacker guitar used by George Harrison and John Lennon will go up for auction May 17 by Julien's Auctions. Harrison bought the guitar in 1963 in Mount Vernon, Ill. when he was visiting his sister Louise and used the guitar on 1963 TV appearances and during the recording of "I Want To Hold Your Hand." Lennon played it backstage at a performance in Glasgow, Scotland on Oct. 5, 1963. The guitar could sell for as much as $600,000, the auction house says.

Paul at LIPA: Paul McCartney made a surprise visit to Liverpool May 6 to teach a master class at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, the Liverpool Echo reported. He met with fans and chatted with them outside the school, the paper said. The paper printed a picture of him standing outside his car.

Japanese Macca CD available to order: Amazon.com is now taking orders for the Japanese tour edition of "NEW” to be avaible here May 20. The two-disc set will contain a CD and DVD. The CD will feature the 15-track Japanese version of the disc with the Japan-only track “Struggle.” The second disc will have roughly 80 minutes of extra content with videos and documentaries. (Thanks to Ray Paul.)

Rusty recommends: Paul McCartney guitarist Rusty Anderson tweeted out a movie review Friday on Twitter. "Just saw Wes Anderson's movie 'Grand Budapest Hotel.' Lovely combo of dark quirky ironic humor and heart. Almost as good as 'Moonrise Kingdom,'" he wrote.

Change at Fest: Beatles scholar Martin Lewis confirmed in a phone call to Beatles Examiner Friday he has left his job as host of the Fest for Beatles Fans after 22 years. He said he first became involved with the Fest on the advice of Harry Nilsson, who attended the Fests to campaign for gun control after the murder of John Lennon. “I will miss the fans who have become like a second family,” he said.

McCartney ticket market: Tickets for Paul McCartney's first U.S. 2014 Out There! concert in Lubbock, Texas on June 14 are selling from between $192 and $2,225 at one ticket outlet and roughly the same amount, $203 to $2,282 each at another. Tickets for the Candlestick Park show on Aug. 14, which will close the baseball stadium, are going from around $120 or $126 to $4,450 or $4,562 depending on the ticket retailer.

'Fifth Beatle' at D.C. book festival: "The Fifth Beatle" graphic novel, represented by writer Vivek J. Tiwary, and artists Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker, will be guests at the 14th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival Aug. 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for the event. This year's festival will feature 100 authors, poets and illustrators participating in several exhibitions on the National Mall. The festival is free and open to the public.

Festival songs: Liverpool singer Thomas McConnell, who got everyone's attention by putting out the first cover of Paul McCartney's “NEW” the day after the song was released, said May 9 he'll be in Scotland today to play some Beatles songs at the Boswell Book Festival. “I'm on straight after Mark Lewisohn does a talk on his book,” he said. His “Worried About Thomas McConnell” EP can be ordered through Amazon.

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