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"I just wanted to say that wherever he is, I hope he realizes the mistakes he’s made as I realize them and hope never to repeat them."
—Julian Lennon on father John
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30 Years After Their Split, Fab Four Still Topping The Charts With "1"
What once was Fab is fab again.

The original boy band, those four mop-topped lads from Liverpool, are still breaking records. Worldwide sales of The Beatles' Apple/Capitol collection of number-one singles—aptly named "1"—has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide in only three weeks, reports the New York Post. The disc had a first-week global sales figure of 3.6 million.

In comparison, NSYNC's "No Strings Attached"—which debuted with 2.4 million—sold 3.7 million by its third week.

And many industry insiders see "1" well on-track to upset the best-selling album by a group: "The Eagles' Greatest Hits," which has sold 26 million copies since its 1976 release.

"Sales are going through the roof, and it's not going to stop here," said Beatles spokesman Geoff Baker.

In an effort, perhaps, to ride the coattails of that success, George Harrison's masterwork "All Things Must Pass"—the first #1 album by a solo Beatle—will be re-mixed and re-released on Jan. 23, also on Apple/Capitol. The double-CD edition—which features Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston and an uncredited Phil Collins—will feature four previously unreleased tracks from the original 1970 recording sessions and an updated version of "My Sweet Lord," the first #1 single by a solo Beatle.

In related Beatles news, tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's death. To mark the anniversary, Lennon's widow Yoko Ono has created billboards illustrating the horrors of gun violence.

The billboards in New York, Los Angeles and Cleveland show the broken, bloodied glasses Lennon was wearing when he was gunned down by Mark David Chapman outside his Central Park West home on Dec. 8, 1980. Below the image are the words, "Over 676,000 people have been killed by guns in the U.S.A. since John Lennon was shot and killed on December 8, 1980."

Former bandmate Paul McCartney will be spending the grim milestone a different manner. "On Friday, I'll be going what we always enjoyed best together—making music," McCartney said. "What else would you want to do? I'll be thinking of all the great times that we had together, and I'll be remembering him with all the love in my heart."

The approaching anniversary also prompted Julian Lennon, now 37, to write about the breakdown of the relationship with his father. On his Web site, the younger Lennon writes that he saw his father only a handful of times before he was killed. "Sadly," Lennon writes, "I never really knew the man," adding, "I just wanted to say that wherever he is, I hope he realizes the mistakes he's made as I realize them and hope never to repeat them."

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