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The one to watch: Beatlemania

Phoney Beatlemania may have bitten the dust, but now the Fabs are set to be the toppermost of the poppermost one more time

Published on February 7th 2007.

The one to watch: Beatlemania

Beatlemania? Have we all just stepped into a time machine or something? Not according to the bookmakers. The world is about to go Beatles crazy in a way that nobody below the age of 50 has hitherto been privy to.

Paul McCartney's doing the X-Factor, then? When he gets older, losing his hair maybe. Nope. This is all to do with Apple and Apple.

I thought they were in All Saints Keep up. The Fab Four are predicted to have the entire Top 10 chart to themselves later this year. All Saints never did that.

Is that because it's Liverpool's birthday? Ha ha! Not this time, '08 people.

What then? We're talking about the long running battle over the Apple name between Apple Corps, guardian of the Beatles music, and the other lot.

What's in a name? A truce was called in 1981, when it was agreed that Apple Inc, the computer people, could nurture their iconic image so long as they kept away from the music business forever.

A bit like David Beckham's missus, then? Sort of. But it all went horribly wrong when Apple Inc reneged on that and created iTunes. Loads more legal ructions followed over logos and trademarks, but this week they've all decided to Give Peace A Chance.

Meaning? I won't bore you with the details, butit could well pave the way for Beatles songs to be made legally available in cyberspace. Up until now the Beatles have been the most prominent band to hold out on the musical download era.

You say you want a revolution? Well the bookies certainly do. They are offering odds of just 10/1 on the whole Top 10 being made up of Beatles tracks when they are made available online. Hey Jude is the fave to become the first Number One, but William Hill have seen big money thrown at Let It Be and All You Need is Love for the title too.

Any other favourites to win in this story? The surviving Beatles, iTunes, and even the city's Beatles industry could all be quids in as a summer of love looms.

Do tell: The Liverpool Culture Company.

Don't tell: Heather Mills.

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