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Man honored to make Buddy Holly guitar for Paul McCartney 

A guitar maker from Canterbury, England, has crafted an instrument for Paul McCartney. The extraordinary commission was given to Alister Atkin, who hand-builds custom acoustic guitars from his own workshop. Based on the Gibson J45 model used by rock legend Buddy Holly, it was presented to Paul during his tour in Texas.

Source: Kent Online, UK
Ringo admits Paul Is Dead rumors were true... not 

Last week, websites reported on an "exclusive Ringo Starr interview" in the Hollywood Inquirer in which Starr admits the 1966 Paul Is Dead conspiracy is true, and quotes him as saying, "When Paul died, we all panicked!" However, the Hollywood Inquirer doesn't actually exist, the story was created by a satirical news website.

Source: The Mirror, UK
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Thursday, February 26, 2015
Paul McCartney's childhood home sells for more than $231,000 at auction

Paul McCartney's childhood home in Liverpool has sold for £150,000 at auction. The three-bedroom, mid-terrace former council house in south Liverpool fetched £50,000 over the guide price, and was snapped up by an anonymous bidder in the UK despite international interest in the sale at the city's Cavern Club.

Source: ITV, UK
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
It's official: Paul McCartney to headline Firefly Music Festival

Forty days after the rumor first surfaced that Paul McCartney would headline Firefly Music Festival, it's finally official: Sir Paul will join Kings of Leon and The Killers as the headliners of the fourth edition of the Firefly, one of the fastest growing festivals in the country. The rest of the 2015 roster was announced last week.

Source: USA Today
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Paul McCartney rules iTunes chart with Rihanna And Kanye West

"FourFiveSeconds" with Rihanna and Kanye West with special guest Paul McCartney is currently at No. 6 on the iTunes chart. Further down the iTunes chart, Macca is at No. 89 singing "Only One" with Kanye West. Paul recently performed "FourFiveSeconds" with Rihanna and Kanye West at the Grammys.

Related Articles  Source: The Inquisitr
Paul McCartney and wife Nancy spotted skiing in Vermont

A restaurant in Vermont had royalty from the music world drop by for dinner Sunday afternoon. After spending a day on the slopes at nearby Bromley Mountain, Sir Paul McCartney and five other people spent about an hour in the dining room enjoying a quiet meal that included margherita pizza and organic kale salad.

Source: Burlington Free Press
Monday, February 23, 2015
Paul McCartney takes top prize at 2015 concert industry awards

Paul McCartney received the top honor at the 26th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards, held Saturday at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. McCartney won the Major Tour of the Year prize for the 2014 edition of his Out There World Tour. This marks Paul's third time, he also won this award in 2002 and 1990.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Paul McCartney has top five single for the first time in 31 years

Paul McCartney has reached the top five of the Billboard 100 chart for the first time in 31 years with his Kanye West and Rihanna collaboration FourFiveSeconds. This is McCartney's first Top five single in 31 years, and a new record for longest gap between Top 5 hits, his last was Say Say Say with Michael Jackson.

Related Articles  Source: RTT News
Stella McCartney accidentally steals limelight at fashion show

It wasn't her catwalk show, but all eyes were on Stella McCartney when she stepped out on Monday to a fashion show wearing a dangerously plunging blazer, teamed with a pair of wide-fitting trousers and a matching elegant scarf. McCartney was joined in the front row of the show by Welsh actor Luke Evans and Salma Hayek.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, February 20, 2015
Conversations with Peter Asher and Denny Laine

In new interviews, Peter Asher talks about how Peter & Gordon came together, and which has been his favorite job, producer, manager, background vocalist, or songwriter, and Denny Laine talks about talks about his new tour, his early influences, the Moody Blues and his experiences with Paul McCartney and Wings.

Source: Huffington Post
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Paul McCartney says making music was easier in the past

In the music industry since 1957, Paul McCartney has seen changes in technology affect how he produces his hit tracks, encouraging him to brand modern music production "luxurious." He said, "The process of making the music, I do go]on sometimes to younger people I'm working with, and say it was kind of easier before."

Source: TV3, Ireland
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Looking at negative fan reaction to Paul McCartney collaborations

One would think that all of this involvement with 21st century pop luminaries such as Rihanna, Kanye West and Lady Gaga would produce a good deal of excitement among Paul's fandom. But it's been quite the opposite, as fans have reacted as if Paul's going to catch hip-hop cooties from working with them.

Source: Beatlefan Blog
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Two jailed in Italy after claiming credit for Paul McCartney songs

Two crooks in Italy who tried to swipe royalties for famous songs written by Paul McCartney and others have been sentenced to jail and fined around $284,000. They took advantage of a loophole in the Italian song publishers computer system in which many famous original compositions had somehow gone unregistered.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Fans hope Paul McCartney will headline 2015 Firefly music festival

The official 2015 Firefly Festival lineup poster was made public Tuesday afternoon, although the very first headliner's name has been blurred out, leaving that slot open to speculation. The general consensus among fanatics is that name is none other than Paul McCartney, whose name was leaked last month.

Source: WDDE, NPR Delaware
BBC Radio 1 cites McCartney as example to deny Madonna ban

Madonna was recently was ousted from BBC Radio 1's playlist reportedly because she was too old. However, on Facebook, BBC Radio 1 posted, "Radio 1 does not ban anyone—please don't believe the papers, an artist's age is never a factor. In fact, Paul McCartney currently has two tracks on the Radio 1 playlist."

Source: E! Online
Monday, February 16, 2015
Video: Paul McCartney performs at SNL after party

Paul McCartney was among the stars who performed at Saturday Night Live's mega anniversary after party on Sunday night. Many of the stars and comedians attended the invite-only event, held at New York's Plaza Hotel after appearing on the three-and-a-half hour 40th birthday special. Prince and Miley Cyrus also performed.

Source: Gigwise
Video: Paul McCartney performs on SNL 40th Anniversary show

Paul McCartney delivered a killer performance of Maybe I'm Amazed for the SNL 40th Anniversary Special on Sunday night. While critics may say Paul's vocals may not have been as powerful as they once were, we were blown away by how he could still kill it on the piano and rock it with his backup musicians, all totally live.

Source: Pop Crush
Paul McCartney plays urprise Valentine's Day show in NYC

On Saturday morning, Paul McCartney announced a surprise intimate Valentine's Day concert at Irving Plaza. Tickets quickly sold out, but those who did get to go, including many celebrities in town for the SNL 40th Anniversary, were treated to all the classic silly love songs that have made Macca an icon for generations.

Source: Gothamist
Friday, February 13, 2015
Kanye West says Paul McCartney liked his John Lennon-like angst

Rapper Kanye West says his similarities to John Lennon are why his collaboration with Paul McCartney was a success. "We just went in and we vibed out. As you can see, I might be a little bit more 'angst' than Paul. And remember the last time when Paul had somebody really 'angst' working with him, the type of music they made?"

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Q&A with international designer Stella McCartney

Designer Stella McCartney is famous for a number of things: Beatles offspring, Order of the British Empire honoree, and now she's opened her first Bay Area boutique in Palo Alto. 7x7 talks with Stella about the inspiration behind her spring collection, her leather-free legacy, and what it was like growing up as that guy's kid.

Source: 7x7
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Diana Krall's latest album includes unreleased Paul McCartney ballad

Singer-pianist Diana Krall's 12th album, called Wallflower, includes a previously unreleased ballad by Paul McCartney, If I Take You Home Tonight. Written for Paul's Kisses on the Bottom album, but not making the album's final cut, Krall asked McCartney if she could record it, saying, "It's one of my favorite tracks."

Source: The Globe and Mail, UK
Amazing Paul McCartney comment to Queen Mother revealed

Amazing comments from Paul McCartney have been revealed from the Caird Hall autograph book, signed by McCartney during a visit to the concert auditorium in Dundee, Scotland with Wings in 1975. It contains a tongue in cheek drawing and comment directed towards the late Queen Mother, who had signed the previous page.

Source: The Evening Telegraph, UK
Monday, February 9, 2015
Paul McCartney caught dancing in the audience at the Grammys

Paul McCartney was really getting in to ELO's performance of Evil Woman at the Grammys last night and was caught in a hilarious moment as he was seen clapping and bopping along, only to realize he was being filmed, promptly sitting down in embarrassment, but at 72 he can probably be forgiven for the dodgy moves.

Source: London Evening Standard
Paul McCartney seen but not heard at Grammys

Paul McCartney took to the stage last night in Los Angeles with Kanye West and Rihanna last night, singing their new song FourFiveSeconds. But some of his fans took to social media to complain that they could not hear Paul's singing, and speculated that his microphone was turned off during the performance.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Paul McCartney hits Billboard Hot 100 with Kanye Rihanna collaboration

Paul McCartney returns to the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to "FourFiveSeconds," his new collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West. The song has jumped from #54 to #15 on the tally, making it McCartney's highest-charting hit in 28 years. The last time McCartney had a tune that high on the Hot 100 was back in 1986.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Video: Dana Carvey impersonates John Lennon and Paul McCartney

While being interviewed for The Hollywood Reporter recently, Dana Carvey busted out an impression of John Lennon talking to Paul McCartney about his recent collaborations with Kanye West. Carvey's confused Lennon asks "Well, what does he do? Does he sort of just hum along?" and McCartney tries to explain auto-tuning to Lennon.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The 10 most unexpected Paul McCartney collaborations

There's absolutely no denying Paul McCartney's cultural significance and immense musical talent, especially since his legacy is an ongoing one. From Carly Simon or his secret band The Fireman, to rocking out on stage with Jay-Z and Linkin Park, these are the most unexpected Paul McCartney alliances we've been blessed with.

Source: VH1
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Photos: Lady Gaga in the studio with Paul McCartney

After his work with Kanye West and Rihanna, Paul McCartney is now teaming up with another relative rookie, Lady Gaga. "Had a beautiful session with Sir Paul McCartney and friends," Gaga wrote on Instagram, with a photo of herself, Macca and a room full of musicians, including Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready.

Source: Billboard
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Paul McCartney to perform with Rihanna and Kanye West at Grammys

Paul McCartney, Kanye West and and Rihanna are about to take their collaboration, "FourFiveSeconds," to the stage, as CBS has confirmed the trio will perform the song during the 57th annual Grammy Awards Sunday night. The track, which has not been released on any album yet, is available for purchase on iTunes.

Source: KCBS Los Angeles
Video: Paul McCartney appears in new Rihanna video

Rihanna released a star-studded clip of the music video for FourFiveSeconds featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney today on VEVO. The black-and-white video features Rihanna singing alone in the first few seconds followed by a glimpse of McCartney on the guitar and then West appears on screen.

Related Articles  Source: NY Daily News
Brazilian fans vote Paul McCartney's Sao Paulo Show Best Concert of 2014

Paul McCartney's second Sao Paulo concert, which took place on November 26 at Allianz Parque, was voted as the best concert in Brazil of last year by Brazillian fans. Paul's concert, part of his "Out There" tour, in Sao Paulo was his final show of 2014. On learning the news Paul said a massive thank you to all his Brazilian fans.

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Monday, February 2, 2015
Paul McCartney to join SNL 40th anniversary special

Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Paul Simon and Taylor Swift will form the all-star musical roster for Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special, February 15 on NBC. McCartney last performed on SNL in December, 2010. Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy and Bill Murray will also appear.

Source: Rolling Stone
Paul McCartney's Liverpool childhood home to go up for auction

A three-up two-down terrace in Liverpool which was one of Paul McCartney's childhood homes is to go up for auction in February. McCartney has described the mid-terrace property at 72 Western Avenue in Speke, Liverpool, as "the first house I remember," although it is one of several he lived in while growing up.

More Info: Pictures  Source: The Guardian, UK
Friday, January 30, 2015
Paul McCartney to perform in South Korea for first time

Paul McCartney will hold his first-ever concert in South Korea. Paul canceled his "Out There" stop in the country last year due to illness. He plans to perform in Seoul's Jamsil Baseball Stadium on May 2. Hyundai Card, which attempted to bring McCartney to Korea last year, is again organizing the event.

Source: Korea Times
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Video: Paul McCartney sends message to Japanese fans

Paul McCartney has made a special video to speak directly to his Japanese fans. He is to play there in April, and has thanked fans for their kind messages after he was taken ill last May and reluctantly had to cancel his gigs. He told fans, "We're going to rock, we're going to roll, we're going to have some fun!"

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney announces new Japan tour dates

Last year for reasons beyond his control Paul McCartney was forced to cancel his "Out There" tour dates in Japan. Today it is confirmed that Paul will bring his show back to Osaka and Tokyo, Japan, on April 21 through 27. Tickets will go on sale on February 28, at 10 am, local time, Japan. Paul was last in Japan in November, 2013.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Paul McCartney to perform at the Grammys with Rihanna and Kanye West

Rihanna will reportedly perform her new single FourFiveSeconds with Kanye West and Paul McCartney and the Grammy Awards next month. A source said, "Rihanna's seriously pleased to have bagged a big slot at The Grammys and two huge names to kick off her comeback. It is going to be a huge Grammys moment."

Related Articles  Source: MTV UK
Monday, January 26, 2015
Kanye West reps deny that Paul McCartney co-produced new album

Paul McCartney has not co-produced the entirety of Kanye West's new album, representatives for both artists have stated. The pair recently followed their collaboration on West's track "Only One" by teaming up with Rihanna for "Four Five Seconds." The reports stemmed from an Instagram comment.

Related Articles  Source: Digital Spy
Listen: Rihanna releases new single featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney

Singer Rihanna has unveiled a clip of her latest music which features Paul McCartney and Kanye West. On her single Four Five Seconds, Rihanna sings the vocals, Paul McCartney plays guitar and Kanye West provides a rap. It is first single since 2012 and the second time McCartney has worked with rapper Kanye West.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, January 23, 2015
Paul McCartney urges NYC to adopt Meatless Monday resolution

Meatless Monday is an international campaign that encourages people to enjoy meat-free meals on Mondays to improve their health and sustain the planet. Paul McCartney has lent his support to a New York City Council resolution to make meat-free options more widely available and encourage New Yorkers to skip meat on Mondays.

More Information  Source: Eco Watch
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
MusiCares Tribute To Paul McCartney to be released on DVD

On 10th February 2012, Paul McCartney was honored as the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year. Paul and a cast of superstar guests performed some of the quintessential songs from his career. On March 24, 2015, Shout! Factory will release a collection of these never-before-seen performances on DVD and Blu-ray.

Monday, January 19, 2015
Report shows helicopter carrying Paul McCartney within seconds of crashing

A report published by the UK Department of Transport's Air Accidents Investigation Branch shows the pilot of a helicopter carrying Paul McCartney missed two urgent warnings that he was seconds from crashing in May, 2012. The aircraft then avoided hitting treetops near the couple's East Sussex home by just 2ft.

Source: The Argus, UK

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