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Premiere Includes Rare Beatles Performance Footage and Photos Ahead of the Upcoming Release of 
The BEATLES (‘White Album’)

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As the world readies itself for the comprehensive new edition of The Beatles’ 1968 studio album, The BEATLES (‘White Album’), the group today launches a brand new music video for the album’s “Glass Onion,” available now exclusively on Apple Music. Beatlemania hit Apple Music back in December of 2015 and has continued to grow with streaming audiences ever since, more than 40% in the last year alone.

Here’s a special sneak peek of The Beatles’ new “Glass Onion” video:

Full of delightful surprises and featuring rare photos and footage from The Beatles’ vault, the “Glass Onion” music video takes fans on a journey into the creation of the pull-out poster from the ‘White Album.’ Working closely with Apple Corps Ltd., the video is produced by Richard Barnett and Layla Atkinson of Trunk Animation, and directed by Trunk’s director team Alasdair+Jock, who painstakingly reconstructed and vividly animated the original poster’s montage. The poster, created by ‘White Album’ art director Richard Hamilton along with Paul McCartney, was built on an easel at Hamilton’s north London studio, using images supplied by each of the individual Beatles. 

The video presents treats along the way for fans to discover: clever animation, photo styling, and well-matched footage add movement and depth to the poster’s original imagery; a little yellow submarine is revealed in Paul’s bubble bath photo; Jeremy Hillary Boob, Ph.D. pops up from the Sea of Holes; an American flag pencil moves in eraser-first, representing U.S. censorship of the poster’s nude John and Yoko drawing; and much more. 
Watch the brand new “Glass Onion” music video in full and catch up on all things The Beatles on Apple Music here:
For 50 years, The BEATLES (‘White Album’) has invited its listeners to venture forth and explore the breadth and ambition of its music, delighting and inspiring each new generation in turn. On November 9, The Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented ‘White Album’ packages (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe). The album’s 30 tracks are newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio, joined by 27 early acoustic demos and 50 session takes, most of which are previously unreleased in any form







Three-time Grammy® Award-winning and multiplatinum selling artists Pentatonix have announced A Pentatonix Christmas Tour, which kicks off in Chicago on December 3rd with 3 nights at The Chicago Theatre and concludes just before Christmas with 3 shows at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. The concerts will be the group’s first to feature songs from their 3 hugely successful holiday albums. To coincide with the tour, Pentatonix has also announced a deluxe version of 2016’s platinum-selling, chart-topping album – A Pentatonix Christmas. A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe will be released on October 20th via RCA Records and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon (

Tickets for A Pentatonix Christmas Tour are available via a 24 hours Patreon presale (for Patreon members) beginning August 23rd at 10am. Holiday VIP upgrade packages will be available first to Patreon members during their exclusive pre-sale, then go to the general public beginning Friday, August 25th ( Ticketmaster will also run a presale on August 24th from 10am – 10pm. Tickets are officially on-sale on Friday, August 25th at 10am local time. For ticket information, please visit

Additionally, Pentatonix has announced that they will return to NBC with a brand new holiday special featuring live performances from the group and so much more. Last year’s “A Pentatonix Christmas Special” drew more than 10 million viewers across two airings on the network. An airdate for the special will be announced at a later date.


In just six years, Pentatonix has sold more than 6.4 million albums (in total consumption) in the U.S. alone. They have won three Grammy Awards, received a Daytime Emmy nomination and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans at their sold-out shows across the globe. Their YouTube channel boasts more than 13.5 million subscribers, yielding over 2.6 billion video views, and their 2015 self-titled album has been certified gold after debuting #1 on Billboard’s 200.

Additionally, seven of their albums reached the top 10 on Billboard’s 200 chart (2 at #1) and received multiple RIAA certifications for multi-platinum, platinum and gold selling albums and singles. In 2015, the group released its first tour documentary – On My Way Home – and appeared in the feature film Pitch Perfect 2.

Earlier this year, the group released PTX Vol. 4 – Classics which features their Grammy Award-winning performance of “Jolene” with Dolly Parton, as well as an arrangement of the John Lennon classic “Imagine.”


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Phantom I Town Car by Hooper

Previously owned by John Lennon

It’s a car so valuable that it can no longer be driven on public roads. That’s because its first owner was famed singer and songwriter John Lennon. After the Beatle earned his driver’s license at age 25, he purchased this Limousine six weeks after his very first car, a blue 1965 Ferrari 330 GT, arrived.

But Lennon’s musical talents didn’t leave much room for driving skills, so more often than not, the Rolls was chauffeured. On October 26, 1965, the Fab Four floated down the road to Buckingham Palace to receive their MBE medals from Her Royal Highness, the Queen of England. Soon after, however, John Lennon’s creativity overwhelmed him, and he began personalizing the already ultra-exclusive limo to suit his taste.

Only a few months after taking delivery of the luxurious, 19-foot long, three-ton Rolls-Royce Phantom V, bodied by Mulliner Park Ward and painted a solemn but classy Valentines Black, the rear seat was converted into a double bed, the windows were tinted and a custom sound system was installed. A Sony television, telephone and portable refrigerator were also added. It is said that Lennon had the car painted matte black, including the chrome radiator and trim, but that didn’t last long: soon his colorful personality would shine through.

An old gypsy caravan (camper) that Lennon had purchased for his garden was the inspiration for the familiar whirlwind of bright Romany-inspired flourishes that now adorn the Rolls-Royce. It was painted from artist Steve Weaver’s pattern of scroll and flowers by the gypsies who originally designed the caravan, and it was delivered to Lennon on May 25, 1967 — the bill was approximately $3,250 USD.

In England, Rolls-Royces were devotedly admired as one of the many symbols of British prestige (in addition to being the upper class’s carriage of choice), and Lennon’s newly painted car drew some negative attention: The most memorable anecdote is the result of an old woman attacking the car in downtown London using her umbrella and yelling; “You swine, you swine! How dare you do this to a Rolls-Royce?!”

Despite the incident, it was the Beatles’ primary transportation throughout their heyday from 1966 to 1969. After the car was shipped to the United States in 1970, when John and Yoko crossed the pond, it continued serving rock n’ roll as a rental for other stars such as The Rolling Stones, Moody Blues and Bob Dylan — if only this Rolls could talk.

However, by this time, the car was seldom used — aside from the occasional rock star rentals — and it entered storage in New York City. When Lennon ran afoul of the IRS in late-1977, he donated the Rolls to the Cooper-Hewitt Museum at the Smithsonian Institute for a $225,000 tax credit. There it remained on display until 1979, when it was once again returned to storage. The museum, unable to afford insurance for full-time public viewing, auctioned the car through Sotheby’s on June 29, 1985, expecting up to $300,000 from the sale. Everyone’s jaw dropped when the auction ended: Jim Pattison, of Ripley International, Inc., purchased the relic for $2,299,000 for exhibition at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum with a new South Carolina license plate “LENNON”.

Pattison eventually loaned the Phantom to Expo 86 for display in Vancouver, B.C. In 1987, he permanently gifted the car to the Government of British Columbia, and from there it was displayed in the Transportation Museum of British Columbia at Cloverdale until 1993, when it was transferred to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, B.C. where it is secured in a climate-controlled storage facility and displayed occasionally for fund-raising purposes.

Since then, minor restoration work has kept the kaleidoscope-like hues of ultramarine blues, chrome yellow, titanium white, toluidine red and rich green of the gypsy flourishes intact.

It’s a car that inspires nostalgia, has seen much of the world, been in the presence of legends and indeed become a legend itself. Merely seeing it undoubtedly takes one back to the 1960s and provides a peek into John Lennon’s mind.

Chassis No. 80 NC

Engine No. XC85

The engine was a 6,230 cc 90-degree V8 with twin SU carburetors, coupled to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The car had massive drum brakes and a wheelbase of 3,683 mm. Four speed automatic transmission and power assisted steering were standard.[2]

A total of 516 Phantom V’s were made.


Today, Rolls-Royce has announced that it will celebrate the 50th anniversary year of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in its own way by bringing the colourful Rolls-Royce Phantom V, famous for being owned by John Lennon, back home to London for the British public to see.

Currently owned by the Royal British Columbia Museum in Canada, ‘The John Lennon Phantom V’ will travel from Canada to London to join ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ – A Rolls-Royce Exhibition, at Bonhams on Bond Street, an area visited regularly by Lennon in the late 1960s in this very car.

Members of the public will be able to see ‘The John Lennon Phantom V’ at Bonhams from 29 July to the 2 August.

‘The John Lennon Phantom V’

On June 3, 1965 – the same day that Edward H White left the capsule of his Gemini 4 to become the first American to walk in space – John Lennon took delivery of something rather special. It was a Rolls-Royce Phantom V in Valentine Black. He would later say that he always wanted to be an eccentric millionaire, and the Phantom would become an important step towards that dream.

Lennon had the Phantom V customised in true rock-star style. The rear seat was converted to a double bed, a television, telephone and refrigerator were installed, along with a ‘floating’ record player and a custom sound system (which included an external loud hailer).

Then, in April 1967, just as the recording of the game-changing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was finishing, Lennon asked Surrey coachbuilders, JP Fallon, to give the Phantom a new paint job. The freshly-painted Phantom was unveiled days before the worldwide release of Sgt. Pepper’s on 1 June and it seemed part of the overall concept of the album.

The new colour scheme is often described as ‘psychedelic’ and certainly the colours, particularly the dominant yellow, reflected the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. But look carefully and you will see it is no random swirl, but a floral Romany scroll design, as used on gypsy caravans and canal barges, with a zodiac symbol on the roof. 

The Phantom V was used regularly by Lennon until 1969 (Lennon also owned a slightly less conspicuous all-white Phantom V). Having used it, pre-paint change, to collect his MBE with his bandmates in 1965, he then used it again in 1969 to return his MBE to the Palace, in protest against, among other things, the Vietnam War. The car was shipped to the USA in 1970 when Lennon moved there and was loaned out to ferry other rock stars around such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Moody Blues. In 1977, after a period in storage, donated by billionaire Jim Pattison to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ – a Rolls-Royce Exhibition, will take place at Bonhams international flagship saleroom and galleries in New Bond Street, London, from 29 July to the 2 August. You can follow the progress of this story on social media by using