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At 27, Justin Bieber has already sold 150 million records, and within days of this story’s writing, his latest album hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart making him the youngest solo artist to have achieved that feat eight times. He’s won a GRAMMY, 18 American Music Awards, 20 Billboard Music Awards, two Brit Awards, a Latin GRAMMY Award, a record 21 MTV Europe Music Awards, and four MTV Video Music Awards. And it all started online. This month's Music Alive! cover story covers it all.

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  • Justin Bieber is among the youngest to have so many #1 hits.

  • The Beatles were only together for seven years, and yet made an indelible mark on music.

  • Are acoustic guitars easier to play over electric guitars?

  • “All You Need is Love” was heard around the world in the first international broadcast.

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Ladies and Gentleman, The Beatles On the evening of February 9, 1064 when the legendary American variety show host Ed Sullivan uttered that now iconic introduction... "Ladies and Gentleman...The Beatles!," it was as if a volcano had erupted. The performance was over in two minutes and 16 seconds and when it was done, two generations had cleaved, and the world would never be the same.

Songs of Summer The sun is shining and the mercury is rising, which can only mean one thing: IT'S SUMMERTIME! (or will be real soon). It's time to make some summer memories, undoubtedly set to music. Here then is our ode to the season; a profile of songs about summer and little science behind the classic summertime hit.

Listening Guide The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love"

Song of the Month
Justin Bieber's "Anyone"


Hear the Music: This monthly playlist accompanies every issue of Music Alive!

  1. Anyone Justin Bieber 3:11
  2. All You Need Is Love (Remastered 2009) The Beatles 3:49
  3. See You in September The Happenings 2:27
  4. Summertime DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 4:30
  5. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding 2:47
  6. Wipe Out The Surfaris 2:46
  7. School's Out Alice Cooper 3:30
  8. Summer Of '69 Bryan Adams 3:36
  9. Shut Up and Dance WALK THE MOON 3:19
  10. Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen 3:13
  11. Veg Out (Wasting Thyme) Masego 3:17
  12. Rockaway Beach (2002 Remaster) Ramones 2:07
  13. Walking On Sunshine Katrina & The Waves 3:59
  14. Cruel Summer Bananarama 3:35
  15. Saturday in the Park (2002 Remaster) Chicago 3:56
  16. Surfin' U.S.A. (Remastered) The Beach Boys 2:29
  17. La Bicicleta Carlos Vives & Shakira 3:48
  18. Bailando (English Version) [feat. Sean Paul & Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona] Enrique Iglesias 4:03
  19. We Do Kenny Chesney 3:26
  20. Summer In The City The Lovin' Spoonful 2:43
  21. I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas 4:49
  22. The Boys Of Summer Don Henley 4:49
  23. Please Please Me (Remastered 2009) The Beatles 2:01
  24. Eight Days A Week The Beatles 2:44
  25. A Hard Day's Night (Remastered 2009) The Beatles 2:34
  26. Hello, Goodbye The Beatles 3:29
  27. Eleanor Rigby The Beatles 2:08
  28. Yellow Submarine The Beatles 2:40
  29. Blackbird The Beatles 2:18
  30. Come Together The Beatles 4:20
  31. Let It Be The Beatles 3:52

Also in this month's Music Alive:


Music Notes: Biggest Digital Songs of 2020, Make Music on Make Music Day, Who is Davie504, Library of Congress Inducts Janet Jackson and Kermit the Frog, and more!...

Musical Mythbusters: Acoustic guitars are easier to play than electric guitars. (Fiction)

Cool Careers: Andrew Greene -- Founder and Dirctor, The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra