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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by English rock band the Beatles. Released on 1 June 1967, it was an immediate commercial and critical success, spending 27 weeks at the top of the albums chart in the United Kingdom and 15 weeks at number one in the United States. Time magazine declared it “a historic departure in the progress of music” and the New Statesman praised its elevation of pop to the level of fine art. It won four Grammy Awards in 1968, including Album of the Year, the first rock LP to receive this honour.

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Like the King of Pop, The 1975 want to rock your body
Matthew Healy, frontman of the English rock band The 1975, remembers how emotional and impactful his first major concert was when he was just 8 years old. The artist was Michael Jackson, and Healy recalls the night vividly.

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NEW YORK — Matthew Healy, frontman of the English rock band The 1975, remembers how emotional and impactful his first major concert was when he was just 8 years old. The artist was Michael Jackson, and Healy recalls the night vividly.

“It kind of solidified he was a pantheon of culture, and that he was larger than life, and that he was bigger than reality,” Healy said in an interview. “That moment of him being there was like one of the most powerful things for me as a young person. I’d never cared that much really about anything. … I’d never wanted to see somebody or be in the presence of somebody like that. And I kind of never have since.”

Healy, 28, is hoping his fans feel the same way when they see The 1975 on its latest U.S. arena tour, which launched this week.

The genre-bending band is riding high on the success of last year’s “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It” — its sophomore album that debuted at No. 1 in both the United States and the United Kingdom. It was named Rolling Stones’ No. 1 pop album of 2016 and earned a Grammy nomination for Healy for his art direction. The band won Best British Group at this year’s BRIT Awards.

Healy said the success comes from the strong brotherhood within the group, which is based in Manchester.

“We’ve just grown up but we kind of (grew) up in the same room,” he said of the band, which includes guitarist Adam Hann, drummer George Daniel and bassist Ross MacDonald.

“I don’t know anybody who’s spent real time with their siblings as I’ve spent with the band,” Healy said. “Since the age 13 we’ve seen each other practically every day.”

The band has been lauded for its distinctive sound, a blend of rock, pop, R&B, electronic and other genres. Healy said that uniqueness hurt the group earlier in its career.

“The reason we couldn’t get signed by a major label in 2010 was the same was reason we got big in 2013. They came to our rehearsal room and said, ‘Well every song sounds different.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s the point,’” he recalled.

“That’s not even the point — we can’t help that,” he added. “I don’t try to sound like anything, we can’t help but be influenced by music we like. … We’re like cultural magpies, anything that’s shiny, we’ll collect it.”

The tour includes more than 30 shows through June, with stops in Austin, Texas; Los Angeles; Salt Lake City; Detroit; and New York City, with a sold-out show at Madison Square arden on June 1.

Healy, whose parents are actors Denise Welch and Tim Healy, said he always knew he’d have a career in music.

“My parents did art for a living; therefore, being creative and doing something that you wanted to do was just automatically endorsed,” he said. “Music was my passion and my dad told me I could do what I wanted.”

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“Beetlebum” is a song by English alternative rock band Blur. It was released as the lead single for the band’s eponymous fifth album, Blur. The single became Blur’s second to reach the number one spot in the UK Singles Chart (after “Country House”)

Damon Albarn has confessed that the song is about heroin and the drug experiences he had with his then-girlfriend, Justine Frischmann of Elastica. In the 2010 Blur documentary, No Distance Left to Run, Albarn confirmed this notion on film. The song’s title is a reference to the phrase “Chasing the beetle” which refers to inhaling the smoke from heated heroin, morphine, or opium that has been placed on a piece of tin-foil. Albarn has stated in an interview with MTV that the song describes a complicated emotion, sort of ‘sleepy’ and sort of ‘sexy’