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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Price slashed for island close to Paul McCartney's estate

A private island just a few miles from Paul McCartney's Scottish estate has had 100,000 slashed from its price. The Island off the west coast of Scotland boasts a modern house, private beaches and its own jetty with breathtaking views. The nearby Kintyre Peninsula found fame when Paul McCartney wrote the song Mull of Kintyre.

Source: The Scotsman
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
All You Need Is <3: Paul McCartney teams up with Skype

Paul McCartney and Skype have partnered to launch a new range of animated love themed Mojis for Valentine's Day featuring exclusive new McCartney music coupled with Skype's animated designs. Paul recorded his compositions over a week at his Hog Hill Mill studio in Sussex using a variety of instruments and his Moog synthesizer.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
The sweet meaning behind Hey Jude

"Hey Jude," one of the Beatles' most famous songs, is an uplifting ballad that's inspired the masses for decades. Paul McCartney originally wrote a rough version of the song, called "Hey Jules," to cheer up Lennon's then five-year old son, Julian, during his parents' divorce, and it eventually became "Hey Jude."

Source: .Mic
Monday, February 8, 2016
Paul Mccartney hails hospital fundraiser

Paul McCartney has thanked Brits for donating millions to a fundraiser for the U.K.'s most famous children's hospital. Donations flooded in during an annual campaign, due to end on Sunday, to boost the coffers of Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, with the tally standing at more than $4.4 million (3 million) today.

Source: Contact Music

Love Me Brew: Paul McCartney brews beer from his estate

Paul McCartney is brewing his own beer using hops from his estate. McCartney named the ale Old Stinkhorn after a mushroom which also grows on his farm. The concoction is bottled on his land in East Sussex and given as gifts to colleagues and friends. A source close to Paul said, "Paul has been making the beer for a while now. It's delicious."

Source: The Sun, UK
Friday, February 5, 2016
Could Paul McCartney join Hollywood Vampires for their TV debut?

The Hollywood Vampires, including Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry "and friends," will make their TV debut at the upcoming 58th Annual Grammy Awards, it was announced yesterday. Paul McCartney's camp issued a "no comment" on whether the Beatle, who performed on the group's album, will join them for the show.

Source: The Examiner

Harry Styles
Harry Styles goes 'Paul McCartney-esque' for solo sound

With One Direction on hiatus, Harry Styles is throwing himself into his solo career. And, according to "Marvin Gaye" singer Charlie Puth, Styles is already on his way with some tracks that seem to be inspired by fellow Brit, Beatles singer Paul McCartney. He said, "The last time I saw Harry we talked about McCartneyesque chord changes."

Source: uinterview
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
McCartney reps say no comment to report he is working on new album

Paul McCartney representatives issued a firm "no comment" today in response to a British newspaper report that the Beatle is working on a new album with celebrated record producer Greg Kurstin. Using contemporary producers is not something new for McCartney. He used four producers for his last album, "New."

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Paul McCartney to record new album with Adele's producer Greg Kurstin

The Sun in the UK says it can now reveal that Paul McCartney is working on new material with producer Greg Kurstin, the mastermind behind Adele's now-iconic single Hello. McCartney has songs ready for a new album and, having been so impressed by Adele's comeback, called on Greg to help him hone them.

Related Articles  Source: The Sun, UK
Work begins to transform Paul McCartney's birthplace into housing

Work to transform the former Walton Hospital site, birthplace of Paul McCartney, into a housing development is now underway. The 25m (more than $36m) project to regenerate the site will create 125 affordable homes and a further 70 properties for private sale. Also, a new supermarket will be built on part of the site.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, February 1, 2016
Paul McCartney to be featured on Super Bowl halftime shows TV special

CBS TV will take a look back at the best Super Bowl halftime shows on a special airing Friday, February 5, two days before the big game. The two-hour program will feature highlights and new interviews with some of the most memorable halftime performers, including Paul McCartney, who played at the Super Bowl in 2005.

Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies
Thursday, January 28, 2016
AIR studio is symbol of Montserrat's lost era as pop music hub

George Martin's AIR studio in Montserrat, the once state-of-the-art recording facility, opened in 1979 in the Caribbean, is the place behind some of the 80s biggest hits, and it's now decaying. Seventy-six albums were made there before the studio shut its doors in 1989, when the island was devastated by a hurricane.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Paul McCartney post causes anger among Australian fans

Paul McCartney's Australian fans have been hammering him with abuse on Facebook after he posted an ill thought out post yesterday attempting to wish them a "Happy Australia Day." McCartney innocently included a picture of himself taken in 2002 draped in an Australian flag, but it was a promo shot from the Australian tour he cancelled.

Related Articles  Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Paul McCartney wishes fans down under a happy Australia Day

On his official website today, Paul McCartney has posted a quick statement sending his best wishes for Australia Day, along with a picture of him standing behind a large Australian flag. Macca said, "Salutations to our cousins down under on Australia Day. Have a great one. Watch out for flying kangaroos!"

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1967 Paul McCartney portraits star in artist retrospective

Two portraits of Paul McCartney that John Bratby painted in 1967 will be reunited for the first time in an exhibition at Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, East Sussex, England, but a third McCartney by Bratby has so far eluded curators. Bratby, who died in 1992, was one of the British art scene's great "radical realists" of the 1950s and '60s.

Source: Mojo
Monday, January 25, 2016
Caption lets slip that Paul McCartney will get back to touring in 2016

According to an item that's easy to miss in the Jan. 28 issue of Rolling Stone just popping into mailboxes, Paul McCartney will be touring again in 2016. That bit of information is contained in the caption on a picture of McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell on a Caribbean beach in the magazine's Random Notes feature.

Source: Beatles Examiner

Robert Burns
Paul McCartney sends a message for Burns Night

Paul has been in touch to send his best wishes for Burns Night in Scotland. He said, "Wishing our Scottish buddies a tremendous Burns Night! Enjoy a wee dram on me!" Burns Night, held in honor of Scotland's most famous poet Robert Burns, is celebrated at the end of January every year. The tradition started a few years after the poet's death in 1796.

Video: Paul Mccartney appears on MTV Unplugged 25 years ago today

25 years ago today, following the vastness of his world tour captured on Tripping the Live Fantastic, Paul McCartney took on the chance to strip back his songs and appear on the newly launched acoustic-only show MTV Unplugged. In this video McCartney performs "That Would Be Something" from his debut album McCartney.

Source: Glide Magazine
Friday, January 22, 2016
Video: Paul McCartney recalls recording In Spite of All The Danger

The Beatles were known as The Quarrymen in 1958. George, John, and Paul recorded "In Spite of All The Danger" on acoustic instruments Percy Phillips' home studio in Liverpool. Now available on the internet is a video of Paul McCartney, many years later, talking about "In Spite of All The Danger" and performing it solo on guitar.

Source: Boing Boing
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Video: Fred Armisen is a master of Beatles impressions

Tuesday night on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Fred Armisen demonstrated his hyper-regional accent skills, a hallmark of his standup sets, doing all his best Beatles' voices in under a minute, including the evolution of Paul McCartney's very recognizable cadence, and Ringo's signature phrase "Peace and Love."

Source: USA Today
British politician named McCartney uses Beatles songs in speech

A Tory MP who's name, ironically, is Karl McCartney, used a series of song titles by the Beatles during Prime Minister's Questions to make jibes at opposition to the Trident nuclear program, namechecking such hits as "Yellow Submarine" and "Help." But that arguably overlooks the fact the 1960s group were famously anti-war.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Monday, January 18, 2016
Video: Photographer debuts Paul McCartney exhibit in LA

Paul McCartney has been doing his thing on stage for decades. These are the types of moments fans associate with the former Beatle, but MJ Kim has captured the moments most people never get to see. MJ Kim is Sir Paul's personal photographer and will be showcasing his work at the PhotoLA Art Exposition this weekend.

Source: KTLA TV, Los Angeles
Friday, January 15, 2016
Paul McCartney sends Twitter greeting to first British spacewalker

The first British astronaut to walk in space, Tim Peake, said it was "a privilege" to wear the Union flag on his space suit as he left the International Space Station on a maintenance operation. Celebrity well-wishers included Paul McCartney, who said, "We're all watching, no pressure! Wishing you a happy stroll outdoors in the universe."

Source: AOL UK
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Spokesman dismisses rumor that McCartney may sing at Bowie tribute

A Paul McCartney spokesman said yesterday that published reports that Paul McCartney might be among the performers at an upcoming New York City concert to honor David Bowie are just "tabloid speculation." Rumors that Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger would perform were originally reported by a British newspaper.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Paul McCartney to play David Bowie memorial concert in New York You Heard It Here First

David Bowie will be honored with a tribute concert in New York later this year, with some legendary musicians set to take to the stage, including Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Elton John. The event was already set to take place at Carnegie Hall on March 31, but following Bowie's passing, it will now be a memorial show.

Related Articles  Source: Irish Mirror, UK

Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney remembers David Bowie at show in Hollywood

Stella McCartney took over the famous Amoeba record store on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood last night to rock out, eat veggie pizza and admire Stella's new autumn collection, as songs by the recently deceased David Bowie filled the store. Dhani Harrison's band Thenewno2 performed, Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp also rocked out together on stage.

Related Articles  Source: The Telegraph, UK
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Website giving away last year's Top 3 Beatles releases

Beatles DJ Ken Michaels has expanded the trivia page on his web site to include a list of one of 9 amazing prizes. Fans can now win one of the Top 3 music releases for Beatles fans for 2015, Ringo Starr's "Postcards From Paradise," Paul McCartney's latest remasters "Tug Of War" and "Pipes Of Peace," and the "Beatles 1 (CD + DVD.)"

Source: Beatles News Blog
Monday, January 11, 2016
David Bowie's life touched McCartney and Ringo, too

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono reacted quickly today to the news of David Bowie's death. "Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning," McCartney wrote on Twitter. Also Ringo Starr, who appeared in Bowie's Ziggy Stardust film, wrote, "God bless David Bowie. Peace and love to all his family."

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
55 Years Ago: Paul McCartney plays bass with the Beatles for first time

Paul McCartney begrudgingly agreed to take over playing bass with the Beatles on Jan. 5, 1961, after the Beatles got back from an ill-fated few months in Germany that ended with three band members being deported back to the U.K. while bassist Stu Sutcliffe stayed behind to be with his girlfriend, artist Astrid Kirchherr.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, January 1, 2016
Happy New Year! A message from Paul McCartney

On his official website, Paul McCartney posted a New Year's message to his fans. "I'm wishing everyone out there a really happy new year. We are looking at new tour dates as we speak so hopefully we'll be somewhere near you. But whether we are, or not, have a great year; peaceful, happy and let's all make a difference in the world!"

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Paul and Beatrice
Heather Mills says Paul's daughter Beatrice is a healthy vegan

Heather Mills says she has always raised 12-year-old Beatrice, her child with ex-husband Paul McCartney, on an animal product-free diet and claims this has kept her much healthier than her classmates, as well as taller and faster. Heather said, "Her whole life she's been vegan. And unlike the kids at school she doesn't get sick, she doesn't get colds."

Source: Irish Examiner, UK
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
McCartney's final Out There show places him high on Billboard tour list

Paul McCartney ranks among the highest-grossing touring artists on Billboard's latest tally of Hot Tours. McCartney scores the No. 2 slot in the ranking with sales stats from two shows that occurred during his Out There tour's final swing through North America in October, sold out performances at Penn State University and Buffalo, N.Y.

Source: Billboard
Pictures: Sir Paul and Nancy Shevell enjoy holiday getaway in St. Barts

Making the most of a romantic getaway to St. Barts, on Tuesday, Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell continued to enjoy the good life during their trip to the Caribbean island. Indulging in a spot of sightseeing, the former Beatle and his wife can be seen in pictures headed out on a romantic boat trip with two friends.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Merry Christmas! A festive message From Paul McCartney

On his official website today, Paul McCartney posted a Christmas greeting for all of his fans. "I'm very excited that the holiday's coming up...I'm looking forward to being with the family...I send my best wishes to everyone over the holidays. Hope they have a nice happy, peaceful time with lots of lovely pressies!"

Paul McCartney answers fans' Christmas questions

Last month, Paul McCartney's official website asked fans to send in your Christmas-related questions for Paul and they say they received so many they couldn't pick just one. So, they sat down with Paul last week and asked him as many as they could squeeze in, including what day he opens presents, and does he get a real tree.

Monday, December 21, 2015
Video: Paul McCartney makes surprise appearance on SNL

Paul McCartney was a special guest for Bruce Springsteen's finale on Saturday Night Live, joining in for a raucous performance of "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" with the E Street Band and the SNL cast members. Springsteen tweeted a photo of himself and McCartney backstage earlier in the evening hinting at the surprise appearance.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Video: Paul McCartney and family have fun at NY Rangers game

Paul McCartney had a blast at the NY Rangers game this weekend, yelling, screaming, towel-whirling, along with his son James and daughter Mary, who can also be seen on the video. The fans went wild when McCartney was shown on the stadium's big screen, despite the fact the Rangers got beat by the Washington Capitals 7-3.

More Pictures  Source: TMZ

James McCartney
No encore in London pub for Paul McCartney's son

Last week James McCartney was met with a mediocre response when he sang and played guitar at a small pub in North London. Only a handful of the audience remained to see the end of his performance. James has found it hard to make his own name in the music business, friends say he is constantly aware of living in his father's shadow.

Source: The Express, UK
AMC presents Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert

"Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert" from Madison Square Garden on AMC on Saturday night featured an array of mostly Lennon's solo works and some classic Beatle hits during the two and a half hour show. Paul McCartney sent a poignant video birthday message, and Ringo Starr taped a performance of "I'm The Greatest."

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Friday, December 18, 2015
Paul McCartney stars in Love Song to the Earth video

Paul McCartney stars in the new video for "Love Song to the Earth," an all-star collaboration recorded in the lead-up to the Paris climate conferences. While the lyric video was unveiled in September, McCartney and other artists appear in the song's proper video exploring the beauty of the planet and the potential ravages of climate change.

Source: Rolling Stone
Paul McCartney sends message to British astronaut

British astronaut Tim Peake joined the International Space Station this week, the same craft that Paul sang "Good Day Sunshine" to in 2005. On Wednesday, Paul sent him a note saying, "My family is very excited and I am living your journey vicariously through you. Great stuff, have a brilliant, interesting and peaceful time up there."

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Ten Years Ago Today: Paul McCartney brings Piccadilly to a standstill

Ten years ago, Paul McCartney caused chaos at the Waterstones bookshop in Piccadilly by holding a special signing event to launch his children's book "High In The Clouds." Paul read the first chapter to 23 children, answered their questions and handed out copies of the book to fans, some of whom had spent the evening camped outside.


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