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Friday, January 20, 2017
Denny Laine on Wings and Band on the Run

Guitarist and Moody Blues founder Denny Laine, Paul McCartney and wife Linda McCartney created some of the greatest rock of the '70s including Band on the Run, considered by many to be Mr. McCartney's greatest work away from John, George and Ringo. Recently, he talked about how he came to work with Sir Paul.

Source: Washington Times
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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Paul McCartney sues Sony/ATV for Beatles music rights

Paul McCartney sued Sony Corp's music publishing arm on Wednesday in federal court in New York, seeking to reclaim copyrights to 267 Beatles songs that Michael Jackson acquired two decades before his death. Sony/ATV Music Publishing called the lawsuit "unnecessary and premature" in an emailed statement.

Source: Reuters
Monday, January 16, 2017
Acclaimed recording engineer Bill Price dies aged 72

Respected engineer/producer Bill Price has passed away at the age of 72. After working with many famous groups like Eric Clapton and The Moody Blues at Decca Records in the sixties, he worked for Sir George Martin at AIR Studios in London in 1970, where he recorded the Live And Let Die album soundtrack with Paul McCartney and Wings.

Source: Music Week
Friday, January 13, 2017
New Paul McCartney album anticipated in 2017

After announcing his return to Capitol Records, for whom the Beatles famously recorded, Paul McCartney wrapped up his 2016 tour and began work on his first album since 2013's New, going into the studio with producer Greg Kurstin, known for his work with Adele. "I'll put out my next album, but I won't think I'm gonna sell a lot," he said.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Sean Lennon appears at Stella McCartney fashion show

Their fathers were one of the most iconic song-writing duos in the history of music. And it seems that Beatles friendship has been passed down a generation, as Sean Lennon supported Stella McCartney and posed for pictures with her at the launch of Stella's new clothing line at New York's Cotton Club on Tuesday.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Promoter sues Los Angeles Dodgers over Paul McCartney finders fee

With the help of music industry veteran Tommy Davis, Paul McCartney and AC/DC performed sold out shows at Dodger Stadium in 2014 and 2015, restoring the prestige of Dodger Stadium as a major concert venue. The Dodgers received millions in profits, but according to a new lawsuit, never paid Davis for his work.

Source: Yahoo! Finance
Monday, January 9, 2017
Wings saxophonist Howie Casey to perform Wings Over America

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the triple live album Wings over America, Paul McCartney and Wings Saxophonist Howie Casey and his band Beatles with Wings have put together a show performing songs from the album. Howie Casey and Beatles with Wings will be appearing at The Exchange Sturminster Newton on February 4.

Source: Blackmore Vale Magazine, UK
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's two duet hits in 1983

Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney teamed up to achieve the rare feat of scoring two hit duets in little more than a year, with the first, The Girl Is Mine, rocketing to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated Jan. 8, 1983. Their next duet, Say Say Say, hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 for six weeks beginning in late 1983.

Source: Billboard
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Paul McCartney announces Tokyo gigs in April

Paul McCartney will be returning to Japan in April, playing three concerts in Tokyo on April 27, 29 and 30. McCartney made the announcement in a surprise video message on Japan's NHK TV on New Year's Eve. McCartney last performed in Japan in 2015, when he played at the Budokan, his first time there since the Beatles' 1966 concert.

More: PaulMcCartney.com  Source: Japan Today
Monday, January 2, 2017
Video: Paul McCartney makes surprise New Years Eve appearance

Popular American indie-rock band The Killers was performing at the annual private New Year's Eve party thrown by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich at St. Barts in the West Indies, when Paul McCartney unexpectedly joined them onstage. "Let's do it. Happy new year!" said Macca, and then they launched into Helter Skelter.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, December 30, 2016
Happy birthday to studio where Paul McCartney recorded Warning: Page opens with sound

Strawberry Studios in Manchester, England, where Paul McCartney, The Stone Roses, Neil Sedaka, 10cc, and The Smiths recorded, is about to be celebrated with a new exhibition. For more than 25 years, Strawberry Studios was one of the most important recording facilities in Manchester, and one of the few in the UK outside London.

Source: Manchester Evening News, UK
Paul McCartney reveals info about unheard Christmas CD

On his official website, Paul McCartney, in a fan Q&A about Christmas, has described a CD of Christmas tunes that he multi-tracked in the studio for his kids. Recorded in the 70's, it contains about a dozen Christmas tunes. He's often thought it might be fun to release it, but joked you'll have to wait until next year to find out.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Paul McCartney makes Europe's Top-Earning Celebrities 2016 list

The 10 highest-paid celebrities in Europe made a total of $697.5 million last year. The list is dominated by musicians, One Direction topped the list with $170 million, even though they split in 2015. The Stones pulled in $66.5 million last year, U2 earned $55 million and Paul McCartney made the list at $56.5 million.

Source: Forbes
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Paul McCartney wants you to skip meat once a week

Paul McCartney wants people to banish meat from their diets once a week. McCartney, who has been a vegetarian for around 40 years, has released a booklet for his Meat Free Monday campaign, which he started in 2009 and encourages people to skip animal products for at least 24 hours each week, for a healthier, greener diet for 2017.

Source: Winnipeg Free Press
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Beatles DJ marks end of 2016 with special Beatles contest

Beatles DJ Ken Michaels is featuring a big Special Contest on his website. Beginning this Thursday, Dec. 29, the contest will offer 5 prizes all in one package, including The Beatles 1 CD & DVD, Eight Days A Week Deluxe BluRay, The Beatles Live At The Hollywood Bowl CD, and Pure McCartney double-CD.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, December 26, 2016
How do you follow The Beatles? Paul McCartney reveals how Wings soared

In a new exclusive interview, Paul McCartney charts the rise of Wings from humble beginnings to the monster Wings Over America tour. Paul remembered, "It was a very exciting time and the Wings Over America tour was the culmination of a lot of hard work. When I think back to that era it was very happy."

Source: Team Rock

Paul McCartney leads tributes to George Michael

Following his surprise death yesterday, Paul McCartney wrote on his website, "George Michael's sweet soul music will live on even after his sudden death. Having worked with him on a number of occasions his great talent always shone through and his self deprecating sense of humor made the experience even more pleasurable."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Which Beatle has the worse Christmas Song?

Put on any radio station and within one hour you'll hear both "Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney and "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" by John Lennon. They are not good songs. It's okay, you can admit it. But the real question here isn't even so much "Are the songs bad?" as it is "They are bad but which one is worse?"

Related Articles  Source: Uproxx
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Video: Paul McCartney joins Jimmy Fallon for Wonderful Christmastime

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon unveiled an updated, a cappella rendition of Paul McCartney's holiday classic Wonderful Christmastime on last night's show. Celebrities joining Fallon and The Roots included Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johannson and Matthew McConaughey. At around the 1:00 minute mark, Paul himself joins in.

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
Video: Paul McCartney plays Pappy & Harriet's

Announced on the morning of the show last October, Paul McCartney snuck in an impromptu gig at the Pioneertown roadhouse in between his two headline performances at Desert Trip. A new video just posted on Paul's official website takes you behind the scenes of the appearance. Paul called it "A great little gig."

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Pics: Paul McCartney and wife Nancy at son-in-law's film screening

Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell supported his son-in-law on Monday in New York City at a screening of the upcoming British romantic drama This Beautiful Fantastic written and directed by Simon Aboud. Simon and Paul's daughter Mary McCartney married in June 2010. The film is due out in the US in early 2017.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Is this simply the worst Christmas song of all? Hardly

The people who hate "Wonderful Christmastime" are probably music snobs, people who've determined that every song's message must be couched in symbolism or importance and must take two months to produce. Nearly every criticism of the song mentions that it sounds as though it were written in five minutes. So what?

Related Articles  Source: The News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
Fans vote Wonderful Christmastime most irritating Christmas song

According to the Philadelphia Enquirer newspaper, about 3,300 voters entered the poll, and it wasn't ever out of the top spot: Paul McCartney's (Simply Having A) Wonderful Christmastime, which many of you felt possessed all the musical charm of a grade schooler learning to play the recorder.

Related Articles  Source: Philadelphia Enquirer
Monday, December 19, 2016
Q&A: Paul McCartney on 2016

On his official website, Paul McCartney has answered some questions looking back at 2016, including visiting stadiums on his One on One tour, his career-spanning 67-track compilation Pure McCartney, being with all the other classic rock musicians at Desert Trip and his thoughts on the passing of George Martin.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Beatles fan honored after Paul McCartney picks his painting

A painting of Paul McCartney by a Liverpool Beatles fan was given the thumbs up by Paul himself. The image by Kevin Allen has so far been liked 36,000 times on Instagram and 14,000 times on Facebook. Kevin's sister submitted the photo and said she was delighted Sir Paul had picked it out of the thousands submitted every week.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, December 16, 2016
Paul McCartney chosen by readers as top Charlottesville show

Readers who went online to vote for their 10 favorite non-basketball events over the past 10 years at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia, picked Paul McCartney's 2015 concert as their top choice. The arena is usually known as a great place to watch University of Virginia Charlottesville Cavaliers basketball.

Source: The Daily Progress, Charlottesville
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Flowers In The Dirt
Paul McCartney announces of Flowers In The Dirt reissue

The long awaited 10th release in the multiple-Grammy Award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection has been confirmed: On March 24, 2017, Paul's 1989 international #1 album, Flowers In The Dirt, will be the latest classic solo work from one of the world's most revered catalogues to get a special reissue, personally supervised by Paul himself.

More Information  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Monday, December 12, 2016

Wonderful Christmastime
In defense of Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime

Paul McCartney's 1979 solo single, Wonderful Christmastime, has been a critical lightning rod for decades. Although the Beatles are generally beloved, critics have been known to tear into the song, with its sleigh bells, a slightly ragged-sounding McCartney vocal delivery, and very little lyrical substance, which has always rankled the song's haters.

Related Articles  Source: Salon
Paul McCartney talks about his weird appearance on a Beach Boys track

On his official website, Paul was asked, "We've heard a story about you appearing on a Beach Boys song playing a stick of celery. Is that true?" He replied, "Yeah, that is true...I just went round to the studio because they invited me...Brian who came over and said, Oh Paul, got a favor to ask, would you mind recording something?"

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
New film uses Beatles covers to illustrate Paul Is Dead conspiracy theory

Toronto-based filmmaker Mitch Fillion's latest film, Who Is This Now?, pores over the hidden evidence that Paul McCartney died in a car accident in 1966 and was replaced by a lookalike named Billy Shepherd. For the film's soundtrack, Fillion invited Canadian musicians to cover Beatles' songs related to the theories.

Source: Chart Attack, Toronto
Friday, December 9, 2016
Vaults would love to work on music with Paul McCartney

The British electronic group Vaults, who are signed to Virgin EMI Records, recorded a song for an ad for a department store at London's iconic Abbey Road Studios. Barney Freeman of the group told BANG Showbiz, "I'm probably the biggest Beatles fan in the group. I'd love to meet Macca. I'd work with him, if he fancies a bit of bass."

Source: Sunday World
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Paul McCartney receives three 2016 Grammy nods

Paul McCartney's Tug of War reissue has been nominated for the 2016 Grammy for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package. Paul also receives a tip of the hat for The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years and Timo Mass and James Teej's reworking of Paul McCartney and Wings' Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
YouTube's $1bn royalties are not enough, says music industry

YouTube has said it has paid the music industry $1 billion in royalties this year, but record companies claim it is not enough. They say YouTube does not pay a fair rate to musicians and record labels. Artists like Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, and Ed Sheeran have all written to the US Congress asking for Copyright laws to be changed.

Source: BBC News, UK
45 Years Ago: Paul McCartney debuts Wings with unimpressing Wild Life

Wings eventually sold millions and millions of records, but Paul McCartney's '70s-era band didn't exactly start out on a roll. Wild Life, which arrived as their debut on Dec. 7, 1971, remains their lowest-charting album, and the only one that's failed to earn gold-selling status or better in McCartney's native U.K.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, December 5, 2016
Stella McCartney's new pet handbag under fire from animal lovers

She is a vegetarian and campaigner for animal rights. So fashion designer Stella McCartney may be bemused to find that her latest creation has upset animal welfare groups. They have criticized her 1,245 (about $1,580) pet carrier, a faux-leather bag made to transport dogs or cats, claiming it can do lasting damage to the animal.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Photo insight with Paul McCartney photographer Harry Borden

In a new article, photographer Harry Borden looks back on a memorable shoot with iconic solo musician Paul McCartney, and recalls how he nearly turned the job down. "I phoned my agent and mentioned that I'd turned down the offer... He said, Are you mad? Phone him back now and tell him you'll do it!"

Source: Amateur Photographer, UK
Concert Review: The McCartney Years transports audience back decades

On Saturday night at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, The McCartney Years transported the crowd back to 1973 with some of the greatest hits from Paul McCartney and Wings, and even threw in some favorites from his "other" band, The Beatles. The audience was on its feet, begging for more at the end of the show.

Source: Bradford Era, Pittsburgh
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Laurence Juber
Laurence Juber brings Beatles influences to Morro Bay show

While Laurence Juber's Beatles days are behind him, guitar fiends and music lovers alike can look forward to Juber performing in Morro Bay on Dec. 8. With the recent release of his new Christmas album Holidays and Hollynights, Juber will perform solo pieces as well as play with his bandmates in The Laurence Juber Trio, plus his take on the sounds of The Beatles.

Source: New Times, San Louis Obisbo
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The Brilliance of Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime

Paul McCartney's simple, repetitive synth-laden ode to the holiday season has become loathed in recent years, perhaps because it is played over and over and over and over again once the holiday season arrives. But it's important to resist this urge to hate it, no matter how many times the song hits your ears this December.

Related Articles  Source: City Paper, Baltimore
Paul McCartney fantasizes about what Dylan song he'd cover

On his website PaulMcCartney.com, a fan asked Paul McCartney, "If you were to cover one of Dylan's songs, which would you choose?" Paul replied, "Singing Dylan songs can be difficult because something like 'Like A Rolling Stone', it's so Dylan that it would be hard to get the spirit that he puts on it."

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
UK pirate radio DJ legend pens autobiography

The autobiography of DJ Tony Prince will be released tomorrow. It tells Prince's story from both sides of the Iron Curtain, as a DJ on Radio Caroline followed by his involvement at Radio Luxembourg after the Russian invasion. In the book he tells of his meeting Elvis Presley and singing with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Source: Oldham Chronicle, UK
Monday, November 28, 2016
New BBC Radio 4 Documentary about LIPA speaks to Paul McCartney

Earlier this year Paul McCartney was interviewed for a three-part documentary about the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. The show airs on BBC Radio 4 tomorrow, November 29, and continues on December 6 and December 13. LIPA as set up by Paul and BRIT school founder Mark Featherstone-Witty over twenty years ago.

Listen to BBC Radio 4  Source: PaulMcCartney.com

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