It took seven seasons, but contestants on American Idol are finally being allowed to tackle the Lennon-McCartney catalog. Let’s give a hand to the shadowy, Michael-Jackson-affiliated legal entity that currently owns those publishing rights. And let’s, er, look forward to all the caterwauled Beatles covers this season (?) I dunno — I enjoy Idol plenty, and I’m all for artists putting their own spins on the Fab Four’s music, but somehow I just can’t get too excited about this. Much as I’d like to believe otherwise, there’s just no way this will lead to anything but painfully slick garbage assaulting my ears. Or is there?

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