Grapevine: News about the Fab Four, the Doors, House of Blues, Dee Snider, M. Ward and more!

Visitors to Liverpool, England, now can rest their heads in the Lennon or McCartney suites at the Fab Four-themed Hard Days Night Hotel. The 110-room, four-star hotel opened Feb. 1, 2008, just around the corner from the Cavern Club… The latest in a series of doors being auctioned off for charity from a Clearwater, Fla., house where Doors lead singer Jim Morrison once lived has been painted with a “Love Her Madly’’ theme; a doorbell will play snippets of the song… Madonna tops Forbes.com’s list of the top 20 “Cash Queens of Music,” based on concert grosses, merchandising revenue, album sales and revenue from clothing lines, fragrances and other endorsements. She earned $72 million between June 2006 and June 2007. Barbra Streisand came in second ($60 million), followed by Celine Dion ($45 million). Rounding out the top five are Shakira ($38 million); Beyonce ($27 million); and Gwen Stefani ($26 million)… With more than $2 million in ticket sales, The Police topped the weekly concert tour earnings list released by Pollstar. Rounding out the top 20 are: Van Halen; Dane Cook; Billy Joel; Neil Young; Hannah Montana-Miley Cyrus “Best Of Both Worlds’’; Stevie Wonder; Andre Rieu; Trans-Siberian Orchestra; Keith Urban; Ozzy Osbourne; Tool; Brad Paisley; “So You Think You Can Dance’’; Blue Man Group; Fall Out Boy; Evanescence; John Fogerty; Sammy Hagar & The Wabos; and Casting CrownsDevo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh will receive a honorary degree from Kent State University… She & Him, the new musical project from M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, will make its world debut at San Francisco’s 2008 Noise Pop Festival, which runs Feb. 26-March 2, 2008. Other acts scheduled to perform include Quasi, White Denim, The Rosebuds, The Walkmen, Helio Sequence, The Dodos, MSTRKRFT, Stellastarr*, Magnetic Fields, The Mountain Goats, The Gutter Twins, Cursive, Blitzen Trapper and Fu Manchu. A “Sights of Sounds” Group Art Show, featuring Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree, also is planned. For details visit http://noisepop.comEBay has revealed a new fee structure where its commissions will rise on items auctioned for less than $1,000 or sold at fixed prices lower than $100… Several nightclubs behind Boston’s Fenway Park have been sold to the House of Blues chain and are scheduled to reopen by year’s end as an expanded $14 million venue that includes a music hall that can accommodate 2,500 people… Record companies’ revenue from digital music sales rose 40 percent to $2.9 billion in the past year, but the growth is still failing to cover losses from collapse of the international CD market, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry… Grammy-nominated singer Amy Winehouse has been admitted to a drug rehabilitation facility… Yahoo is in early talks with major record labels over possible a possible MP3-based music service…  Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider is vying for a country record deal on the new CMT show “Gone Country.” R&B singers Bobby Brown and Sisqo, pop singers Carnie Wilson and Julio Iglesias Jr., “American Idol” finalist Diana DeGarmo and former “The Brady Bunch’’ actre

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