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Elvis Lives On!

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This past weekend marked 43 years since Elvis Presley left us. The King passed away on August 16, 1977 at the too-young age of 42, leaving an entire globe of fans mourning his passing. But Elvis, in reality, never really left. His legacy lives on with his many contributions to rock, pop music, and film. He still holds the record for the most Gold Album Awards awarded of any artist in RIAA history. He is a three-time Grammy award and was a Lifetime Achievement award winner by age 36. He has the most albums charted on the Billboard 200 in the tally’s history...

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Top 10 Most Expensive Guitars Ever Sold

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Guitars, despite their wood, metal and wire construction, have always had a human quality to them. Guitarists who hold one in their hands for enough years will tell you that they become extensions of themselves. Rough edges get smoothed. Spots get worn. Belt buckle rash appears. Their wood gets stained with sweat, booze, even blood (just ask Pete Townshend). They've traveled the world. They've been played on countless stages and studios. And so by now they're just about perfect. Any collector will tell you to get one of these well-traveled instruments that was used to create some of their favorite...

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New World Record Set At $6M For Nirvana Guitar

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In an auction held today June 20, 2020 at Julien's Auctions a bidder bought Kurt Cobain's acoustic guitar used during the infamous MTV Unplugged performance. The purchase cost the lucky buyer a record-setting $6,010,000. The buyer, whose name was announced publicly as the auction concluded in a somewhat unusual occurrence, was Australian Peter Freedman, Founder and CEO of RODE Microphones. The Nirvana MTV Unplugged concert was recorded on November 18, 1993 in MTV's New York City studios and telecast on December 16. The recording went on to be a best seller for Nirvana. The guitar itself is a 1959 Martin...

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"Hey Jude" Lyrics Net $910K In Auction

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 Handwritten lyrics of the Beatles iconic 1968 track "Hey Jude" handwritten by Paul McCartney sold on April 10, 2020 for an incredible $910,000. Auction house Julien's had expected the item to net a large sum and had estimated the value at $170-190,000 but were no doubt shocked with the end result. Likely the item's owner was more shocked! Written in black felt tip pen, the description indicated they had been used during the recording sessions for the song at Trident Studios in London.The auction was held on the date in commemoration of the Beatles breakup and featured over 250 Beatles...

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Best Selling Artists 1969-2019

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Here is a fascinating video that shows the best selling artists from 1969-2019 in moving graphic form. You can see the evidence here of superstars you know and love but you may be interested to see their complete domination of the music sales landscape during their respective heydays. There are also some surprises, although many were short-lived. (Video courtesy Data Is Beautiful):

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