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Thursday, December 18, 2014
Video: Paul McCartney with Jimmy Fallon

Paul McCartney joined The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday to talk about Starr being enshrined in the Rock Hall, and revealed his favorite Ringo solo hits, Back Off Boogaloo and It Don't Come Easy. Fallon then shared his spot-on Beatles impressions, although Fallon admitted he can't do George.

Source: Rolling Stone
Mary McCartney reveals she didn't know how sick Linda was

Mary McCartney has admitted she didn't know the severity of her mother's condition, so her death came as a shock. The daughter of Paul and Linda McCartney, in a new interview she says she knew that her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer but wasn't prepared for her sudden passing in April 1998, aged just 56.

Source: Female First
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Photos: Paul McCartney mobbed by fans as he leaves Daily Show studios

Paul McCartney was mobbed by fans offering him album covers to sign, with the Abbey Road LP a firm favorite, as he left the Daily Show studios in New York City on Monday night. Ever generous with his time, Macca signed a multitude of autographs in rainy Manhattan with an assistant holding an umbrella over the star.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Video: Paul McCartney talks about Destiny on The Daily Show

Paul McCartney appeared on Comedy Central's The Daily Show last night to talk about "Hope for the Future," his song for the Destiny video game. During the course of his funny back-and-forth with Jon Stewart, McCartney talks about how he got involved with the project and revealed that he's not very good at video games.

Related Articles  Source: Game Spot
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Paul Mccartney reveals he shuns Beatles anniversaries

Paul McCartney says he never takes notice of The Beatles milestones, insisting he has no interest in marking important anniversaries or birthdays. He said, "Someone says, 'Oh, this is the 50th anniversary of when you walked in Abbey Road or the 50th anniversary of your first single'. The truth is, I'm not counting!"

Source: Contact Music
Monday, December 15, 2014
Guitar signed by Paul McCartney stolen from West Vancouver store

West Vancouver police are looking for a suspect after someone broke into a store last Thursday and made off with a framed Peavey electric guitar bearing the signatures of Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and others. It is possible someone was hired explicitly to steal that piece, as more expensive pieces in the store were ignored.

Source: Vancouver Sun
Pictures: Paul McCartney and wife Nancy arrive at JFK

Paul McCartney kept a low profile in tinted shades as he arrived with wife Nancy Shevell at JFK International Airport in New York on Sunday. Paul was returning to the US after promotion of his new single, Hope For The Future, for which the music video debuted on Monday, and included McCartney immortalized as a hologram.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
The day Paul McCartney found the Devil in Atlanta

In 1999, the McCartneys visited Atlanta to support Heather McCartney as she unveiled her line of houseware items. Paul and his son, James, went out to explore the side streets of Atlanta, and there, in "the funky side of town," stopped in front of Miller's Rexall Drugs and saw something intended to ward off Satan.

Source: Like The Dew
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Audio: Paul McCartney lines up female singer for film role

Paul McCartney has told XFM in the UK he's making an animated movie called "High In The Clouds" featuring a female singer, and he dropped a heavy hint about who he wants to play her. He said, "I'm writing the music for characters in the film, one of whom is a female rock star who kind of rules this city."

Source: XFM, UK
Video: Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl track featured in new Polo ad

A commercial for the new Polo Red fragrance features "Cut Me Some Slack," the Grammy-winning collaboration between Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and touring guitarist Pat Smear. The track was written for Grohl's "Sound City" documentary in 2012.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wings over America remains a pinnacle for Paul McCartney

Recorded in the summer of 1976, Wings Over America, arrived on December 10 of that year feeling like a triumphant musical summation for Paul McCartney. McCartney hadn't at this point toured America in 10 years, and so Wings Over America was greeted with what can only be described as unfettered joy.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Bob Geldof explains Paul McCartney's omission from Band Aid 30

Bob Geldof has defended his decision not to include Paul McCartney in the latest version of Band Aid. "Macca's always done stuff. He was in the band in 2004, him, Radiohead and Damon," Geldof said. "But look, on this we've got from the newest to the hippest to the oldest, and he hasn't made the cut, what can I tell you?"

Source: entertainment.ie
Monday, December 8, 2014
Paul McCartney reflects on John Lennon's death

In a recent interview, Paul McCartney recounted how he found out about the death of John Lennon. "It was just so horrific that you couldn't take it in. It was really difficult for everyone. For me, it was just so sad that I wasn't going to see him again, and we weren't going to hang out," McCartney said.

Source: Rolling Stone
Friday, December 5, 2014
Paul McCartney unhappy about shift to lo-fi listening habits

In an interview promoting "Hope for the Future," his new song included in the video game Destiny, Paul McCartney expressed distaste for the way young people consume music on cell phones. "A lot of kids listen to music on their smartphones through these tiny little speakers. Argh, I spent hours making that high-fidelity sound!"

Source: Rolling Stone
In Pictures: Mike McCartney's images of Liverpool's Jacaranda revealed

Mike McCartney never goes anywhere without a camera. And now the photographer and Scaffold performer has uncovered some 50-year-old negatives of images he captured with his Rolleiflex camera at Liverpool's famous Jacaranda coffee bar, where the Beatles, then the Silver Beetles, played on a number of occasions.

Source: Liverpool Echo
McCartney's willingness to fail made Band on the Run enduring masterpiece

More than four decades later, Paul McCartney's Band on the Run still represents the creative highpoint of his solo career. No other album so completely underscores his difficult quest for freedom, and none is more personal. It always sounded the most to me like something the old band might have put together.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Paul McCartney admits he made video game song for his kids

Paul McCartney says he recorded the theme tune for new game "Destiny" and agreed they could use "Hope for the Future" because it's the only way he can now get his family to listen to his music. ''I know from my kids and my grandkids, they just bury themselves in a game and I don't think they've got time to listen to my music."

Related Articles  Source: Contact Music
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Paul McCartney announces official release of video game theme

Paul's new song "Hope For The Future" will be globally released on Monday, December 8. The song was written by Paul for the video game "Destiny," and until now has been exclusively available within the game itself. Produced by Giles Martin, the original version of the track alongside four special mixes will be available digitally.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Monday, December 1, 2014
New study finds Paul McCartney second richest recording artist

Wealth-X just released the latest survey of World's Richest Recording Artists, and Paul McCartney comes in at number two, behind Madonna. McCartney's $660 million net worth was a few bucks shy of Madonna at $800 million, but well ahead of Bono, who placed #6, and Elton John, at #9. At 72, McCartney is the oldest on the list.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Interview: Stella McCartney says her famous parents opened doors

She's the daughter of a Beatle, fashion designer of everyone from Madonna to the British Olympic team and recipient of a medal from Queen Elizabeth. Fame has followed the second child of Paul McCartney and American photographer wife Linda from the moment she was born, and it's been both a blessing and a hindrance.

Source: CNN
Beatles fan's dream comes true as she meets Paul McCartney

Wannabe singer Debbie McLean from Scotland was one of a handful of people lucky enough to meet Paul McCartney at an event in London last week. A huge Beatles fan, she was one of around 30 McCartney devotees chosen to attend a songwriting masterclass after seeing the event publicized on a website.

Source: Dunfermline Press, Scotland
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Book Review: Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions by Luca Perasi

Luca Perasi's essential song-by-song guide, Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions [1969-2013], offers an exhaustive, detailed and largely opinion-free guide that retraces every step with all of the specificity fans require. All songs written by Paul McCartney and featured under his name, Wings or the Fireman were included.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Google vitrual reality app puts you onstage with Paul McCartney

The free Google Cardboard app Paul McCartney does more than give you a front-row concert seat, it puts you onstage. It starts off with you "standing" just a few feet away, then your view shifts to in front of the front row. Google Cardboard is the dirt-cheap virtual reality headset made out of cardboard and your smartphone.

More Information  Source: CNET
John Lennon telegram up for auction

A 1963 telegram in which John Lennon apologizes to legendary Cavern Club DJ Bob Wooler for punching him during a Paul Mccartney birthday party is among the Beatles memorabilia up for auction next month. It reads, "Really sorry Bob terribly worried to realise what I had done stop what more can I say = John Lennon."

Source: Contact Music
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Paul McCartney performs to smallest audience in years in back of a shop

Paul McCartney swapped stadiums for the back of a London shop as he entertained a crowd of little more than 30 people. Macca was aiming to give inspiration to musicians and aspiring songwriters after they gathered to hear him give a 42-minute talk about composing, as well as taking questions about his experiences.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Al Pacino plays an aging rocker transformed by John Lennon

In his latest film, Al Pacino is an aging 1970s rocker who can't give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager uncovers a 40-year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act.

Source: Indiewire
Review: Art of McCartney is world's worst tribute album

The world's worst tribute album has just been released, called "The Art of McCartney." Sir Paul McCartney is the world's most successful songwriter across the last 40 years, the best of his post-Beatles work deserves celebrating, but here, McCartney's music sounds, for the most part, truly dire, insipid and bland.

Related Articles  Source: Stuff, New Zealand
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Reconsidering the solo Beatle albums

In the mid-'70s albums like Band on the Run and world-conquering tours, as captured on the live album Wings Over America, saw Paul McCartney rise again to rock's top echelon. The records were better, if still uneven at times, for every Maybe I'm Amazed or Jet, there was a Cook of the House, making for a convenient target for critics.

Source: Beatle Fan Blog
Review: Allen Toussaint's funky tribute to Paul McCartney

Of the many guest stars on the Art of McCartney tribute album, none perhaps makes more true-fan sense than Allen Toussaint, who worked with Paul McCartney on his just-reissued Venus and Mars project in 1975. Toussaint adds something very special to Lady Madonna, his finger-licking piano punctuates it in a whole new way.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Monday, November 17, 2014
Paul McCartney cover bombs Collector's Edition book

A "cover bomb" is an artwork, drawn by hand, directly on top of a book cover. Collector's Edition: Innovative Packaging and Graphics is a new book by Stuart Tolley released in August. The author invited 10 globally recognized musicians, artists and designers to draw directly onto the cover of the book, including Paul McCartney.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Friday, November 14, 2014
Stella McCartney tribute brings together Paul, Yoko, and Dhani Harrison

At Alice Tully Hall for Lincoln Center's second annual Corporate Fund gala, designer Stella McCartney was honored with a Q&A and dinner gala, which became a Beatles reunion of sorts that had Yoko Ono getting hugs and kisses from Paul and Nancy McCartney, Olivia Harrison and her son Dhani, after which Dhani performed.

Source: Showbiz 411
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr sign piano for charity auction

A century-old, donated piano has been transformed into a celebrity work of art, to be auctioned to help raise money to build veterans' homes in New Orleans. It was refurbished and painted with colorful Beatles artwork, then made complete with the addition of the autographs of both Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney.

Source: The Times-Picayune, New Orleans
Memphis guitarist produces Paul McCartney tribute

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles, Robert Johnson has produced "Music for Linda," a limited edition CD featuring Paul McCartney classics for the "Alan Aldridge Beatles Illustrated Collective Set," an 18-month calendar with illustrations Aldridge painted for "The Beatles Illustrated" songbook in the 1960s.

Source: The Commercial Appeal, Memphis
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Video: Original promo video for Silly Love Songs

Filmed during the 1976 Wings over the World tour, the original promo video for Silly Love Songs is now online. Taking an affectionate and fun look at life on the road with the band, the satin and feathered hair, so often on display in the "Rockshow" film, is back, as is Paul's Rickenbacker bass guitar, a favorite among fans.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Art of McCartney tribute album now streaming online

All 34 tracks of The Art of McCartney, the compilation featuring all-star musician covering songs Paul McCartney wrote with the Beatles, Wings and as a solo artist, is now streaming. The compilation will come out officially on Nov. 18 and will also be available in an expanded deluxe edition with an additional eight tracks.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Paul McCartney paid $1 million to perform at conference

Paul McCartney was over paid $1 million to perform at billionaire Ron Baron's New York investment conference on Friday. McCartney and Carrie Underwood, who also collected a large fee, headlined the company meeting at the Metropolitan Opera. A spokesperson said, "It was fabulous. Paul McCartney put on a great show."

Source: NY Post
Friday, November 7, 2014
Photos: Linda McCartney Retrospective opens in South Korea

South Korea's first ever exhibition of works by Linda McCartney is now open to the public. Combining images of top musicians from The Rolling Stones to The Beatles with shots of precious moments in her everyday life, Linda's reputation for unembellished images offers candid glimpses into the emotions of her subjects.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Remastered Listen To What The Man Said now available online

Issued in 1975, Venus And Mars finds Wings grappling with then-current trends, shades of funk and disco make appearances, while also staying true to McCartney's love of classic songwriting. Spruced up by the award-winning team at Abbey Road, the newly remastered Venus And Mars has rarely, if ever, sounded better.

Source: Clash Music
Video: Billy Joel's cover of Maybe I'm Amazed

Nov. 18 will see possibly the biggest tribute yet to Sir Paul's compositional talents with the release of The Art of McCartney, a massive collection of covers by some of the biggest musicians of the past 50 years. Billy Joel contributes two covers to the collection, Live and Let Die and Maybe I'm Amazed, which is now available online.

Related Articles  Source: Entertainment Weekly
Beatles fan's novel gets back to Paul is dead craze

Aaron Mermelstein's new novel "Octopus' Garden" is about the "Paul is dead" phenomenon, a conspiracy theory circulating in the late '60s that claimed Paul McCartney had died in 1966 and was replaced by a look-alike. "People who worked in college radio go absolutely nuts for the book," said Mermelstein.

Source: St Louis Light
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Lost Paul McCartney track released on the web

With extras-stuffed reissues of Wings' Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound now out, Paul McCartney isn't finished cleaning out his vaults just yet. The latest previously unreleased nugget from his past to see the light of day is a 75-second track called "Love My Baby," recorded for the 1974 TV special "One Hand Clapping."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

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Stella McCartney launches exclusive clothing line in Brazil

Stella McCartney launched an exclusive range for Brazilian consumers at Sao Paulo Fashion Week on Wednesday, saying she was targeting a "cool and sexy" market. "For me, Brazilian women are cool and sexy I have to say, and they are definitely aware when it comes to fashion," Stella said as she launched the apparel for C&A.

Source: Global Post

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