MUSIC NOTES: Beatles on Top

There’s no stopping the Fab Four.

For the fourth week in a row, the Beatles have held on to the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s album chart, selling 451,253 copies of “1” in post-holiday sales, according to SoundScan data.

In some bad news for boy band fans, the Backstreet Boys slipped seven spots to No. 9 with 171,071 copies of “Black & Blue” sold.

Sales of their latest album dropped dramatically from the week before when they moved 724,000 units during the Christmas holiday.

GRAMMY NO-SHOWS: There’s a good reason why some of the Grammy nominees announced Wednesday won’t be at the awards ceremony in February: They’re dead.

Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra, Tito Puente and jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. were among the nominees who have passed on.

Blues legend Ella Fitzgerald and slain Beatle John Lennon will battle it out in the best long form video category, an award given to the artist and the video’s director.

Lennon was nominated for “Gimme Some Truth — The Making of John Lennon’s Imagine,” while Fitzgerald is nominated for “American Masters: Ella Fitzgerald — Something To Live For.” The late guitarist Jimi Hendrix won the award last year.

Marley was nominated for his duet with R&B singer Lauryn Hill, a project that was produced thanks to the magic of technology. The same was used to produce the duet between Celine Dion and Sinatra with the tune “All the Way.”

Washington, who died of a heart attack in December 1999, was nominated for best pop instrumental performance for the track ”Camaleao.” Puente, who died after complications from heart surgery, was nominated for the album “Masterpiece/Obra Maestra,” a collaboration with pianist Eddie Palmieri.

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