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Latest news as of Friday, January 19, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Stella McCartney could make next royal wedding dress Warning: Page opens with sound

Meghan Markle is a fan of Stella McCartney. Prince Harry's fiancée wore a black coat by the designer to an official engagement in Cardiff, Wales on Thursday, just two days after McCartney revealed that she would be delighted to make a wedding dress for the former actress. It wasn't the first time Meghan has worn Stella McCartney.

Source: IBTimes, UK
Eggs Up! A Back to the Egg-stravaganza

I remember clearly walking to a local Chicago mall and stumbling on the "Getting Closer" 45 in a small blue sleeve with the songs title written in pink as well as the new Wings album it was from, "Back to the Egg". Little did I know this was a rare release of this 45 as this particular sleeve I guess wasn't that common.

Source: Records and Music blog
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Video: Paul McCartney joins Muse members in Helter Skelter cover

Some lucky fans at an intimate gig on Tuesday night got to see Muse singer Matt Bellamy and drummer Dominick Howard jam out on Helter Skelter with Paul McCartney. It was the latest gig by the occasional supergroup Dr. Pepper's Jaded Hearts Club Band, which also includes vocalist Miles Kane of The Last Shadow Puppets.

Source: Billboard
Pictures: Beatles reunite for Stella McCartney show in Los Angeles

Stella McCartney held an epic, music-filled fun fest fashion show onTuesday night in Hollywood with a performance by none other than dad Paul McCartney. Held at the iconic SIR Studios in Hollywood, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Paul McCartney greeted old pal Ringo Starr with a hearty hug.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Paris Jackson cried like a baby meeting Paul McCartney

Paris Jackson, the daughter of music legend Michael Jackson, met Beatles icon Paul McCartney this week in Los Angeles at his daughter Stella McCartney's fashion show, and it was a very emotional moment for her. "I cried like a god---- baby," Jackson wrote next to the photo of her meeting McCartney for the first time.

Source: Radio.com News
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Jamie Dornan covers Maybe I'm Amazed for next Fifty Shades film

According to the official soundtrack listing, Jamie Dornan has recorded a cover of Paul McCartney hit "Maybe I'm Amazed" for the "Fifty Shades Freed" movie soundtrack. The 35-year-old actor stars as Christian Grey in the final instalment of the "Fifty Shades" series which was based on the trio of novels by E.L. James.

Source: NZCity, New Zealand
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Paul McCartney among musicians lobbying for change in law to save venues

Paul McCartney has warned the future of music is in danger as he called for a change in the law to protect live venues across the UK. McCartney is joined by musicians and, politicians in backing a plan to stop the closure of grassroots venues after more than a third were said to have closed in the past decade, according to research by UK Music.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
Paul McCartney animated film back on track with new writer

Back in 2005, Paul McCartney wrote a children's adventure book called High in the Clouds with author Philip Ardagh, and he'd been developing it into an animated feature since 2009 with Gaumont optioning the rights last year. The project is seeing more forwards movement with writer Jon Croker being brought on to adapt McCartney's book.

Source: The Tracking Board
Ten-year-old drummer shares stage with Beatle he'd never heard of

Not many 10-year-olds can say they have shared a stage with Paul McCartney, but drummer Jaxson Gray performed the Mull of Kintyre with his band, the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band, during McCartney's two Sydney concerts in December. He also spoke with McCartney on stage in front of thousands of people.

Related Articles  Source: Daily Telegraph, Australia
Friday, January 5, 2018
Let It Be: Truth behind Paul McCartney's heavenly visit from Mother Mary

In 1968, feeling restored after a dream, Paul McCartney wrote, "When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me. Speaking words of wisdom: Let it be." In years to come, fans across the globe would interpret this figure as the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, but the truth was much was more literal for the song's composer.

Source: Aleteia
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Paul McCartney putting finishing touches on new album

Paul McCartney's long-awaited follow up to 2013's New is apparently nearing completion. Asked about his plans for 2018, McCartney said, "I'll probably be putting out a new album." He added that he was "putting the finishing touches to it now," in a Q&A on his official website. It's unclear who'll serve as McCartney's principal producer.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Beatles and Rolling Stones still the music industry's biggest earners

Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger's bands are the music industry's biggest earners. Figures for 2017 show the veterans out-performed singers less than half their age including Ed Sheeran. The Rolling Stone raked in £116 for every person at their 14 sold-out stadium shows, Paul McCartney pocketed £108 per seat for 36 performances.

Source: Daily Star, UK
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Paul McCartney offers tease about new album

Just before Christmas, McCartney answered some questions on his website. He was asked, "What would you like to achieve in 2018?" He replied, "I'll probably be putting out a new album...We're putting the finishing touches to it now and at the beginning of next year." No release date for the upcoming album has been announced.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Paul McCartney escapes Britain weather for winter break in St. Barts

Paul McCartney is enjoying a relaxing holiday with his wife and grandchildren in St. Barts, where they've been since Boxing Day. Nancy showcased her long, toned legs in a pair of rolled up denim shorts and a skull designed t-shirt, Paul was looking his cool self in a t-shirt, shorts, a baseball cap and a pair of shades.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Paul McCartney's One on One tour grosses $132 million in 2017

Paul McCartney's One on One tour reportedly grossed as much as $132 million, according to Billboard. McCartney played 37 concerts from April through December, selling 907,610 tickets, at some of the world's most iconic venues during his tour, such his three appearances at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.

Related Articles  Source: Contact Music
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Beatles fan won't Let It Be over donated Macca tickets

When Chris McDonald donated seven tickets for the sold-out Paul McCartney concert to the Salvation Army, he thought he'd be making the day for a group of homeless strangers. He was dismayed, however, when he discovered two of the tickets were used by the daughter of Salvation Army stalwart Major Brendan Nottle.

Related Articles  Source: Brisbane Times, Australia
Denny Laine on the odds of Wings being inducted into the Rock Hall

Now that he's going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Moody Blues, some attention turns to Denny Laine's other band, Wings. Laine co-founded Wings with Paul McCartney in 1971. He said, "We were just his backing group, really...I wouldn't see that as a band that would go into the Hall of Fame, to be honest."

Source: WROR FM, Boston
Paul McCartney reveals very first record he bought as a youth

Which song had a profound influence on one of rock's most influential musicians? As part of the End the Silence charity campaign, Paul McCartney reveals that Gene Vincent's "Be-Bop-A-Lula" had a huge impact on him as a youth. The song came out in spring of 1956, which would have put McCartney at about 14 at the time.

Source: WEZX Rock 107, Scranton
Christmas takes bagpiper back to the Mull of Kintyre

Every Christmas Ian McKerral is reminded of the day in 1977 when he played his bagpipes on what is still the fourth biggest selling single of all time. Mull of Kintyre, a song about Paul McCartney's love for his south-west Scotland hideaway, became a Christmas hit 40 years ago despite containing absolutely no reference to the festive season.

Source: BBC News, UK
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Paul McCartney sends fans holiday wishes on Instagram

He's just returned from Australia and New Zealand, and Paul McCartney looked thrilled to be spending Christmas with his wife Nancy Shevell as he took to Instagram with a festive clip. Embracing his wife in front of the Christmas tree, Paul wished his 1.6 million followers a happy festive season before the couple sealed the deal with a kiss.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, December 22, 2017
Paul McCartney backing new Kintyre charity 40 years after single success

Forty years after Mull of Kintyre topped the holiday chart, Paul McCartney is backing a new charity in the region to help relieve deprivation and give the local economy a long-term boost. McCartney has donated signed memorabilia for an online auction to raise cash for Kintyre Seasports, the items went on auction this morning.

Source: The Herald, Scotland
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Paul McCartney brings back Christmas puzzle from 1983

In the process of cleaning up for next year, Paul McCartney's official website came across a blast from the past. Taken straight from the pages of "Club Sandwich", Paul's official fan magazine run from the late 70's to 1998, is 1983's "MPL LAND" illustrated Christmas quiz. Can you find all 75 song titles hidden in the sketches?

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Video: Blossoms Cover Paul McCartney's Christmas classic

Blossoms have rounded off an amazing 2017 by offering up their version of a Christmas classic, they've posted a cover of Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime on their Facebook page as a festive gift to their fans. 2017 saw Blossoms tour their self-titled debut album, including a festival appearance at Glastonbury.

Related Articles  Source: Radio X, London
Paul McCartney is a vlogger now

Paul McCartney has revealed a hidden passion: vlogging. Whilst recently touring in New Zealand, McCartney kept his social media savvy fans up to date on all his adventures. The two recent uploads include Paul standing by a post showing off the "beautiful" New Zealand countryside, and a video of him "saving" a baby kiwi bird.

Source: NME, UK
U.S. Justice Department loses music licensing appeal

A U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that music licensing giant BMI did not have to abide by the Obama administration's more restrictive interpretation of how royalties should be collected, requiring ASCAP and BMI to only license music if they could issue a "full-work" license. ASCAP represents many artists including Paul McCartney.

Source: Reuters

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