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Thursday, February 16, 2017
Pics: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Tom Hanks spotted in Santa Monica

On Wednesday, former Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited for a night out with pals Tom Hanks and Joe Walsh, as well as their respective wives at the lavish Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica. They were joined by Joe Walsh and his wife, who is Ringo's wife Barbara Bach's sister.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Video Flashback: Paul McCartney jams With Chevy Chase on Spies Like Us

The 1985 Cold War spoof Spies Like Us doesn't get a lot of love these days. Much like Live and Let Die 12 years earlier, Paul McCartney was given the title of the movie, the basic premise and tasked with writing a theme song. Hard as it may be to believe, the song reached Number Seven on the Hot 100.

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Paul McCartney invites you to send 'My Valentine' to your loved one

On his official website, Paul McCartney is giving his fans the chance to send a secret Valentine's message to their significant other. Fans enter their name and email address, and that of their Valentine, and a message of valentine wishes. The recipient of the valentine can reply to the valentine to find out who sent it.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Monday, February 6, 2017
Grammy watch: James Teej nominated for remixing Paul McCartney

Music producer James Teej never expected Paul McCartney would give his approval for a dark remix of one of his songs. And he certainly didn't think it would take him to the Grammy Awards. On Sunday, he will be in the running for Best Remixed Recording along with Timo Maas for their update of "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five."

Source: The Canadian Press
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Flowers in the Dirt
Listen: Paul McCartney shares rare Flowers in the Dirt demo

Ahead of Paul McCartney's Flowers in the Dirt reissue, the rollicking "Twenty Fine Fingers," an unreleased demo featuring McCartney singing alongside Elvis Costello, has been unveiled. The track, often bootlegged but never officially released, is presented twice on the Flowers in the Dirt reissue, the track sneaked today and the song's 1988 demo.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Unknown drummer for Cilla and McCartney recorded 70 hits for 7 a time

His name may not be familiar but you'll almost certainly know his work, because for many of us he's on the soundtrack of some of the most important moments of our lives. Between 1958 and 1977, Dougie Wright was Britain's most in-demand session drummer, playing on a parade of hits through the most exhilarating period in pop music.

Source: The Express, UK
Monday, January 30, 2017
Paul McCartney remembers his friend John Hurt

On the passing of actor John Hurt, Paul McCartney said, "Very sad news about our dear friend John Hurt who I've known since the 60s as a mate and a work colleague. He was always great fun to be with and a fantastic actor with a nicely cynical view of the world. Sympathies to his family, love from me and mine."

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Go inside the house Paul McCartney chose to stay in while in India

There is nothing showy or fancy about Pala Kuruvinakunnel Tharavadu (ancestral house), aka Madukakunnu Estate Bungalow. But still, it is a favorite among foreigners visiting Kerala without getting in the spotlight or without the knowledge of paparazzi, including Paul McCartney, who enjoyed his morning walks while staying there.

Source: Manoramana Online
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Lennon/McCartney relationship turned into classical work by computer

The charged relationship between John Lennon and Paul McCartney will be translated into a classical work composed using a computer analysis of their lyrics. Come Together: The Sonification of McCartney and Lennon will chart the relationship, from the tight bond of the Beatles' early years to the bitterness following their 1970 split.

Source: iNews, UK
Monday, January 23, 2017
A brief history of the ownership of the Beatles catalog

Last week, Paul McCartney sued music publisher Sony/ATV to regain his ownership stake in the Beatles catalog. If successful, it would end a long and painful battle for McCartney over the ownership of his own songs, involving everyone from early Beatles manager Brian Epstein to Michael Jackson, who bought the Beatles catalog in 1985.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
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
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.

Related Articles  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.

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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
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

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