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Your Week in Music: The Beatles release bootleg album on iTunes

The Beatles released 'The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963' on Tuesday. (Source: Sofa Entertainment and TJL Productions/MGN) The Beatles released 'The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963' on Tuesday. (Source: Sofa Entertainment and TJL Productions/MGN)

(RNN) - The new releases available this week include a surprise addition - the Beatles. Previously unreleased songs recorded by the Beatles 50 years ago went on sale Tuesday on iTunes.

The album, called The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963, is comprised of 59 tracks - some of which are actually different takes of the same songs.

The songs are compiled from three different recording sessions: The first Abbey Road session, Abbey Road Studio and the Beatles on the BBC - all from the year 1963. It also includes Bad to Me and I'm in Love, which the band recorded as demos but never performed.

For decades, bootleg versions of the songs on the album have been passed around by fans, hence the name "bootleg recordings," but the newly released songs are no doubt of a better quality.

The album introduces fans to a more candid side of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr - as you hear their conversations, remarks and even frustrations while recording.

The release was a move required by Apple Records in order to extend their copyright over the songs for another 20 years, according to CNN.

In a recent change to UK law, songs that are unreleased can become available to the public after 50 years - once officially released, the copyright extends for another 20 years.

But whether it was for copyright laws or not, Beatles fans have received an early Christmas present. So who cares why? Let's just enjoy.

The Class of 2014

In their first year of eligibility, Nirvana, which triggered a '90s alternative avalanche with their hit Smells Like Teen Spirit, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The HOF announced the new inductees for the Class of 2014, which will be made official in April.

Nirvana is joined by Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt.

Acts can be inducted 25 years after their first release.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction will be held in Brooklyn on April 10, 2014.

Beyonce does what she wants

When you're Beyonce, you write your own rules. Instead of a carefully constructed marketing campaign, all you apparently have to do is drop an album unannounced in the middle of the night, watching iTunes crash and the internet collectively freak out.

Beyonce's previously unannounced self-titled surprise dropped on Friday and sold more than 828,000 albums in three days, making it the fastest selling album in iTunes history.

Beyonce, which features 14 tracks and 17 videos, hit No. 1 in 104 countries. And if you haven't seen or heard it yet (individual tracks aren't available for download until Dec. 20), Beyonce has released a video for XO, a sweet radio-friendly track sure to bury itself in your mental jukebox and put itself on permanent repeat.

Introducing ... Seth and Nirva

Anyone who has seen TobyMac and his musical extravaganza on wheels live in the last few years already knows Nirva Ready as the background voice behind many of his hits.

Ready, along with husband Seth, who toured with Kirk Franklin, are merging their careers, putting out their first album as a group. Seth and Nirva's I Need You, a seven-song album, released Tuesday.

Coming from such a background, you can expect a mashup of R&B, hip hop, Gospel, dance, funk and pop finding its way into their music … And much like TobyMac, it's energetic, diverse and something fans will find both familiar and fresh.

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With his passing, the Ray Price legend continues

Younger fans may not be familiar with Ray Price, but if you listen to country music, you're sure to hear his influence.

Price fought a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer and succumbed to the disease on Monday. His death has brought attention to how influential he was to artists of his generation and today.

In the 1950s, country music wasn't exactly a top seller - it attracted rough crowds and relied heavily on a honky-tonk fiddle.

But in 1956, tired of performing for those crowds, Price decided to add an entire string section, electric guitar and drums to his music. His single Crazy Arms shot to No. 1 - proving he was on to something.

The tune's enormous success even surprised him.

"It was strictly country, and it went pop," Price said of the song. "I never have figured that one out yet."

People didn't know it at the time, and many don't recognize it now, but Price is considered one of the biggest links from the Hank Williams-esque performers of the '50s to the country music of today.

Writer Michael McCall summarized Ray Price in an interview with NPR, saying, "I think anybody who sings a honky-tonk song has a little Ray Price in them. But also anybody who can stand in front of an orchestra and really open up and sing has some Ray Price in them."

Many critics point out that Price never received the recognition he deserved, staying in the shadows of musicians he influenced, like Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. However, throughout the span of his career, he reached the Billboard Hot 100 eight times and had more than 100 titles on the Billboard country chart.

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.

New Releases

B.o.B.: Underground Luxury - Dec. 17

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Soundtrack - Dec. 17

The Music of Nashville, Season 2, Vol. 1 - Dec. 10

Shelby Lynne: Thanks - Dec. 10

Upcoming Releases

Jennifer Nettles: That Girl - Jan. 14

Switchfoot: Fading West - Jan. 14

Candice Glover: Music Speaks - Feb. 8

The Fray: Helios - Feb. 25

And finally ...

Chances are you've either sent a year-end family newsletter detailing little Johnny's tee ball success and your husband's promotion … or received a pages-long letter from a friend or relative.

The Holderness family of North Carolina just put the average family year-end newsletter to shame with a full-length video, Christmas Jammies.

Penn Holderness, an anchor at Raleigh's WNCN, and family rap along to their own spin on Will Smith's Miami, updating the world about their year in review and the new family business.

And, unless you're into video production, you'll probably never send another family newsletter again.

What we're listening to

Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt - What are You Doing New Year's Eve?

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