THE BEATLES, currently outselling OASIS’ ‘FAMILIAR TO MILLIONS’ live album in the sales stakes by three to one with their ‘1’ compilation, are poised to make £50 million from their latest clutch of ventures.
According to reports in The Mirror newspaper this morning (November 14), their book, ‘The Beatles Anthology’, will earn them £25 million, their website [url=]www.thebeatles.com a further £15 million and the album £10 million. Eight million copies of it have been shipped to stores around the world since it went on sale yesterday (November 13), and fans queued for hours to buy it.
The group’s first official website went online yesterday, themed around ‘1’ , with 24 promotional films, video clips of the band performing on the roof of the Apple Corps building, audio samples and a visual tour of Abbey Road, plus photos an archive and fact files relating to each track on the album.
Thirty years after they split up, the band are one of the top 10 earning groups in Britain and the surviving Beatles are estimated to be worth a total of around £700 million between them.
In other Beatles news, the trial will begin today of Michael Abram, 34, at Oxford Crown Court today. He is charged with two counts of alleged attempted murder, causing grievous bodily harm with intent, unlawful wounding and aggravated burglary at George Harrison’s home on December 30 last year. Harrison was stabbed in the chest after an intruder broke into his home. Abram has previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.