By Amy Ryan
Updated July 12, 2005 at 05:22 PM EDT

They broke up 35 years ago, but it’s still the Beatles’ world, we just live in it.

-Michael Jackson is facing a $48 million lawsuit over his share of the Beatles’ songwriting catalog.

Paul McCartney, whose Live 8 duet with U2 on ”Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was a No. 1 download all over the world last week, has announced a Sept. 13 release date for Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, his first studio album in four years, to be followed by a massive tour. He’s also writing a children’s book, due in October.

-Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Amazon.com has named the Beatles its top-selling artist.

-Lennon, the Broadway musical, began its preview run last week on July 7.

-That’s the day that Ringo Starr, who’s making the rounds promoting his new album, Choose Love, turned 65. The drummer says he’s working with Marvel guru Stan Lee to turn himself into a cartoon superhero. He’s also working with Cirque du Soleil on the circus troupe’s 2006 Las Vegas show with an all-Beatles soundtrack.

Are there still any die-hard Beatles fans out there who will sample any project that one or more of the Fab Four have had a hand in? Are you interested in the Beatles only if Danger Mouse does another mash-up album pairing them with Jay-Z? Are you somewhere in the middle?

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