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Paul McCartney's team talks about Egypt Station's marketing strategy 

With the release of studio album Egypt Station via Capitol Records on Sept. 7, Paul McCartney reached his first number one debut in over 36 years. Marketing of the album included appearing on Carpool Karaoke on The Late Late Show with James Corden and a live, surprise concert in Grand Central Station in New York City.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Paul McCartney recalls writing fast with John Lennon 

Paul McCartney recalled how he and John Lennon used to get excited at the prospect of being given a whole week to write a Beatles album. The duo notched more than 180 co-credits in just a little more than seven years. But they didn't think there was anything unusual in their prolific output. "We were used to writing fast," he said.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Fan's letters from Paul McCartney feature in new book about The Beatles 

Rhona Winter received two letters from Paul in the early-1960s after she sent him a birthday card. Rhona's brother-in-law John Winter has included her story in the new book "Blame It On The Beatles And Bill Shankly", a fictional account of a teenager who used to chat to The Beatles in coffee bars before seeing them rise to fame.

Source: North Somerset Times, UK
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Monday, October 22, 2018
Universal Music Group names Giles Martin head of Audio & Sound

Giles Martin, known most recently for his work on the Beatles' catalog, has officially joined Universal Music Group as Head of Audio & Sound, a position the company created for him. A spokesperson says Martin will "help UMG explore new studio technologies and work with artists to help create the best possible listening experience for fans."

Source: Variety
Ringo Starr admits he's happier now as a solo musician

When it comes to Beatlemania, Ringo Starr just wants to let it be. "I'm happier where I am now," Ringo told Closer Weekly at the recent Facing Addiction with NCADD Gala 2018 at the Rainbow Room in New York City. "I mean, it was great when we were young guys hanging out, but Paul McCartney and I have our own careers now."

Source: Closer Weekly
Mixing John Lennon's Imagine: Recording engineer Rob Stevens Warning: Page opens with sound

Rob Stevens mixed John Lennon's Live in New York City and Menlove Avenue albums, six years after the Beatle's death, in 1986. Over the years, Stevens has worked with Yoko Ono on many of the reissues and compilations of Lennon's solo work. He's created the Raw Studio Mixes on the new John Lennon Imagine Ultimate Collection.

Source: CNET, UK
Jeff Bridges on his bed-in with Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono in New York

Jeff Bridges, Yoko Ono and Ringo Starr got in bed this September in New York recreating Yoko Ono and John Lennon's iconic 1969 Vietnam War protests to support New York city schools. Bridges said, "I was very happy about being invited. It was such an inspiring kind of absurd surreal way of say, hey listen, just give peace a chance!"

Source: Truth Celebs
The Beatles' Forgotten Top 20 Hit

A #19 hit in America, this song fared better on Billboard than such memorable tunes as From Me to You and I'll Cry Instead, yet it has received virtually no radio airplay in decades and is almost never mentioned in accounts of the band's early days. The tune in question was a cover, recorded in Germany all the way back in 1961.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, October 19, 2018
Paul McCartney to reissue Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway

The 11th and 12th classic works from the Paul McCartney catalog to be remastered, reissued and expanded, Wings' Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway, will be released across multiple formats on December 7. Also set for release is the 11-disc Paul McCartney and Wings 1971-73 numbered limited edition super deluxe compilation.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Streaming: Three unreleased versions of While My Guitar Gently Weeps

An acoustic demo of While My Guitar Gently Weeps has now been released ahead of the White Album Special Edition re-release on November 9. The acoustic release is also accompanied by a demo of the track recorded at Harrison's bungalow in Esher, Surrey, and a 2018 mix, which are now streaming on the internet.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Lamborghini recreates Beatles Abbey Road cover

2018 marks 50 years of the Lamborghini Espada, with the model recently being hosted at the Royal Automobile Club in London. It also paid a visit to the iconic Abbey Road, where, seen as too good an opportunity to pass up, Lamborghini parked the Espada on the crossing to recreate the famous Beatles cover art.

Source: Auto Classics
That insane time Elton John jammed with John Lennon

Having played nearly 3,000 shows with Elton John since 1972, guitarist Davey Johnstone says it's tough to pick favorites. But there is one 1974 concert at the Garden that stands out, that's when John Lennon joined them onstage on Thanksgiving Day when Elton played piano on the Beatle legend's single Whatever Gets You Thru the Night.

Source: NY Post
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Listen: Previously unreleased, acoustic While My Guitar Gently Weeps

The new Super Deluxe Edition of the Beatles White Album, which arrives on November 9th, includes a previously unheard version of the classic While My Guitar Gently Weeps which you can now hear online. It's an early acoustic take, as George Harrison tinkers with the ballad that would turn into one of his most powerful statements.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Beatles album recreated for horror film festival

It's Sgt. Freddy's Severed Hearts Club Band in Sheffield with the Celluloid Screams film festival poster for their tenth annual edition. For the occasion, The Beatles' 1967 album cover has had a horror makeover courtesy of Mute Art. The poster includes some of the characters and films that have been screened in the last ten years.

Source: Bloody Disgusting
Name another 85-year-old making music this combative

In Warzone, reworkings of what you might call Yoko Ono's big hits are absent. There's no Walking on Thin Ice, nothing from 1981's Season of Glass, her most commercially successful solo album. Warzone proves that at 85, its creator is still capable of raging away with an undimmed intensity. A slip into genteel retirement looks unlikely.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Paul McCartney debuts a second and third video for Come On to Me

The video for Paul McCartney's recent single "Come On to Me", featuring a department store security guard who enthusiastically sings and dances his way through the tune, has been followed by two similar videos, featuring two different people, a young Syrian working in a food truck, and a cleaning woman in a high-rise office building.

Related Articles  Source: WFJA FM
Elvis Costello amused by Paul McCartney's auto-tune quip

Paul McCartney has said that he has heard Elvis Costello, with whom he has worked on a number of occasions, as a voice in his head scolding him for using Auto-Tune. Reacting to Macca's comments, Costello said, "Can you imagine my shock? I never quite get over that I know Paul. Because he's Paul, and yet he's so very kind."

Source: RTE, Ireland
John Lennon's face returns to Prague's iconic wall

First painted following the 1980 assassination of John Lennon, throughout the years Prague's John Lennon Wall filled up with graffiti and Beatles' lyrics. In the late '80s it was the source of a political clash between the communist regime and young Czechs, and was painted over in 2014 on the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

Source: Expats.cz
Book Review: Being John Lennon: A Restless Life by Ray Connolly

There are several "definitive" biographies of John Lennon, and even more books claiming to provide the ultimate lowdown on the Beatles' well-documented career. Veteran journalist and screenwriter Ray Connolly's book "Being John Lennon: A Restless Life" offers insights into Lennon's complex, contradictory character.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
First look: Podcast goes Inside The Studio with Paul McCartney

For the latest episode of their "Inside The Studio" podcast, host Joe Levy meets with Paul McCartney in Winnipeg surrounding a show on his current tour in support of his chart-topping Egypt Station album. Paul McCartney telling stories about John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr is every bit the magic you would expect.

Related Articles  Source: Forbes
John Lennon mural part of Paint Love Across America tour

A pair of artists visiting Chicago for a month to paint messages of love on buildings didn't plan to paint John Lennon's face and the lyrics to his "Imagine" on a garage in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. It just felt right. "Everyone is depressed, what we all need right now is love," said traveling graffiti artist Menace Two.

Source: Block Club Chicago
All You Need Is Love UK tour

All You Need is Love is The Beatles like you've never heard them before, over 40 of the Fab Four's greatest hits performed alongside The National Philhamonic Concert Orchestra. A spectacular multi-media concert, All You Need is Love will get its world premiere in 2019 on an 10-date UK and Ireland tour, including London's Cadogan Hall.

Source: British Theatre.com
Review: John Lennon's Imagine Ultimate Collection

Originally a 10-track, 40-minute album, John Lennon's chart-topping Imagine has been expanded for this release to include...well, more than you could have possibly imagined. Four CDs deliver 61 tracks and upwards of four-and-a-half hours of playing time. The set also includes two Blu-ray discs with 88 additional selections.

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, October 15, 2018
John Lennon's birthday celebration packs Louisiana pub

"We all know what John Lennon would tell us if he were with us today. He would tell us to piss off," said Enoch "Doyle" Jeeter of Enoch's Irish Pub in Monroe, Louisiana. With a packed pub, it was obvious everyone did just the opposite. The 39th annual John Lennon birthday celebration featured local bands playing Lennon and Beatles songs.

Source: The Hawkeye
Stella McCartney launches breast cancer charity

Stella McCartney has launched a new charity Stella McCartney Cares. McCartney has created the organisation to work towards the "prevention, early detection and treatment of breast cancer." Stella has been personally touched by the illness as her mother Linda McCartney was 56 when she tragically died from breast cancer.

Source: Female First

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