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Paul McCartney shuns 'old-fashioned' sound on new album

October 11th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Paul McCartney
Sir Paul McCartney didn't want his new album to sound "old-fashioned".
The Beatles legend has tried to be more experimental with his comeback album 'New' and sought to inject a contemporary, youthful feel into the record.
He told The Sun newspaper: "I wanted something that didn't sound old-fashioned. I wasn't prepared to go as far as a Katy Perry bass-drum pop sound - even though I think she makes good records. But there was an endeavour to make it sound at home in the contemporary scene."
Paul was looking for a current chart-topping producer to help him in the studio, but liked them all so...

Paul McCartney thrilled to see Linda onstage in Wings concert movie

June 11th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Paul McCartney
The re-release of Wings concert movie Rockshow has brought back fond memories for Sir Paul McCartney - because his late wife Linda plays such an important role onstage.

The remastered 1980 film, which features footage from four U.S. concerts in 1976, hit cinemas in the U.S. last month (May13) for a one-night-only screening prior to the DVD and Blu-Ray release, but now there are plans to put the film on the big screen again, complete with an introduction from McCartney.

Recalling the shows fondly, he says, "I think the big crucial thing really was by that point, Linda had learned how to pl...

Paul McCartney's Wood Destroyed By Disease

April 1st, 2012 5:30pm EDT
Paul and Linda McCartney
A forest Paul McCartney planted in memory of his late wife Linda has been destroyed by disease.

After his wife's death from cancer in 1998, the Beatles star planted numerous trees on the border of the estate he shared with Linda in Somerset, England.

However, the woodland has been devastated by phytophthora ramorum, or sudden oak death, a disease which has infected many of the trees in Linda's Wood and forced caretakers to cut them down.

McCartney entrusted the maintenance of the green space to the League Against Cruel Sports and spokesperson Joe Duckworth confirms most of the larch tree...

Paul McCartney Weds Nancy Shevell In London

October 9th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney married his fiancee Nancy Shevell in London on Sunday on the day his late bandmate John Lennon would have turned 71.

The Beatles legend, 69, proposed to New York socialite Shevell in May after four years together, and they became man and wife on Sunday at London's Westminster registry office at The Old Marylebone Town Hall - the same venue where McCartney married his first wife, Linda.

The couple received a blessing at a local synagogue on Saturday evening as part of Shevell's Jewish religion ahead of Sunday's civil service.

Shevell wore a flower in her hair and a simple w...

Wings Bandmate Offers Insight Into Paul McCartney's Reaction To John Lennon's Death

June 18th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Paul McCartney
Former Wings star Denny Laine has given Beatles fans an insight into Paul McCartney's reaction to John Lennon's death in a new documentary, revealing his bandmate was "gutted" and in need of musical therapy.

Little is known about how McCartney dealt with the tragic news in December, 1980 - but now Laine has revealed his bandmate locked himself away in the studio and tried to work out his grief with music.

Appearing briefly in new film Beatles Stories, Laine recalls working with an upset and thoughtful McCartney in London in the days following Lennon's death.

He tells filmmaker Seth Sw...

Axl Rose Named Best Frontman Of All Time

December 30th, 2010 11:00am EST
Guns N' Roses
Rocker Axl Rose has been voted the best frontman of all time, ahead of stars including Freddie Mercury and John Lennon.

The Guns N' Roses singer gained the most votes to take the top spot in a poll, fighting off competition from Queen star Mercury, who landed in second place.

Led Zeppelin icon Robert Plant came in third place, while Ronnie James Dio - who passed away earlier this year - claimed the fourth spot as the frontman of Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell. Beatles legend Lennon rounded out the top five.

Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Kurt C...

Paul McCartney To Be Honored At The White House

May 25th, 2010 11:30am EDT
Paul McCartney
The details of Paul McCartney's big White House showdown have been revealed a week after the former Beatles star hinted about a presidential concert in a web chat.

The Jonas Brothers, Faith Hill, Stevie Wonder and Jerry Seinfeld will be part of an all-star line-up that will honor McCartney when he receives the third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress in the White House's East Room. Jack White, Dave Grohl, Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello will also be part of the festivities on June 2nd. Paul Simon and Wonder are past Gershwin Prize winners.

McCartney treated ...

Dave Grohl Drummed For Paul McCartney Long Before Grammy Gig

February 15th, 2009 4:46pm EST
Dave Grohl
Rocker Dave Grohl landed his dream job backing Paul McCartney at the Grammy Awards on Sunday - because the former Beatle's regular drummer was on tour with Eric Clapton.

The former Nirvana percussionist and current Foo Fighters frontman was thrilled to get the call inviting him to join his hero onstage, but it had little to do with his own talents.

McCartney explains, "Dave played with us in Liverpool, where I did a concert there last year, and he played alongside my drummer Abe (Laboriel), but Abe wasn't available for the Grammys; he was in Japan with Mr. Clapton. So we rang Dave...

Watch Sheena Easton's 'For Your Eyes Only' From 'The Best Of Bond… James Bond'

November 11th, 2008 5:00pm EST
Quantum of Solace
As 007 fans eagerly await the November 14 U.S. opening of MGM's new James Bond film, Quantum Of Solace, Capitol/EMI announced that an expanded CD, CD/DVD and digital release of 'The Best Of Bond… James Bond' was released on October 28. The CD and digital album both feature 23 musical standouts from the Bond franchise's 46 years plus a previously unreleased bonus track, and the CD/DVD includes five music videos, a filmed concert performance and more.

Sheena Easton "For Your Eyes Only":

Just as James Bond has evolved over time, so have the films' memorable themes. 'Th...

Paul McCartney Loves Duffy Cover

September 22nd, 2008 5:00pm EDT
Singer Duffy has recorded a version of Paul McCartney's classic song "Live And Let Die" for charity - and the Beatles legend is astonished with the result. The Welsh songstress tackled the hit Bond theme for her contribution to the upcoming War Child charity album Heroes.

And McCartney is bowled over with the new version of his Oscar-nominated Wings song.

The track is among a host of classic cover versions slated for inclusion on the new album, which is due for release in November.

As part of the project, a legion of musical legends including Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and Beach...

Five Must-See Concerts Before You Die

July 14th, 2008 10:09am EDT
Led Zeppelin
Picture this scenario: you're on your deathbed, all of your finances are in order and amends have been made in every single one of your personal relationships. Something is wrong though; something keeps persistently gnawing at your emotions of regret until you realize that, as a fan of Rock and Roll, there were too many missed opportunities throughout your life. Too many nights, watching concerts from the latest fad, instead of seeing the true greats of arena history. If only you could go back in time, perhaps forgo that night wasted on The Spin Doctors and trade that experience for a night...

Celine Dion Tops Worst Rendition List

June 23rd, 2008 8:23am EDT
Celine Dion
Canadian singer Celine Dion's has received an undesirable accolade - she is responsible for the worst cover song in history.

The My Heart Will Go On diva's cover of heavy rockers AC/DC's track You Shook Me All Night Long has been deemed "musical offensive" and placed atop a chart of the worst ever covers compiled by industry publication Total Guitar magazine.

British girl groups Sugababes and Girl's Aloud's cover of Aerosmith's Walk This Way took the number two spot on the shameful round-up, with Irish boy band Westlife's take on Extreme's More Than Words coming third in the pol...

Music Technology: Then And Now

May 2nd, 2008 1:38pm EDT
Almost everyone owns an Ipod, or some other form of music listening device, that we can thank to the benefits of the changes in music technology. If we were to consider however how the "music" itself has changed due to technology, then the changes in music technology can be viewed from a whole other point of view.

From a broader perspective we can perhaps say it really started with the German Electronic pop group Kraftwerk. They were essentially the first band to have the foresight to mix electronic sounds provided by the "new technology" on hand in the 70's and mix it with the pop s...

Fergie Wants To Be Next 'Bond' Girl

December 6th, 2007 10:57am EST
Pop star Fergie is hoping her Movies Rock performance of 007 theme Live And Let Die will prompt film bosses to consider her as a Bond girl. The singer, who showed off her acting talents in Grindhouse and The Aviator, wowed fans at the Kodak Theater event on Sunday night when she performed the Wings hit while flying through the air on a bungee cord.

She says, "It was really exciting. I got to fly in the air and have all my 'Bond girls' (dancers) round me."

And Fergie hopes Bond bosses see the performance when it airs on TV this Friday - because she'd like to be considered for a rol...

Pussycat Doll Dons $3 Million In Jewels, But Beyonce Dazzles

December 4th, 2007 8:45am EST
Nicole Scherzinger
Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger wore $3 million worth of diamonds for her rendition of Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" at the "Movies Rock" show in Hollywood on Sunday.

The singer also sported rhinestones on her eyelashes, but it was stunning brunette Beyonce Knowles who wowed the most, wearing a tight-fitting shimmering green dress for the red carpet and then stepping out to perform "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" in a fairytale yellow ballgown.

And singer Fergie was the highlight of the performers when she spun into the air while performing Wings' "Liv...

'The McCartney Years' 3-DVD Set Drops Nov. 13

November 6th, 2007 8:15pm EST
Paul McCartney
On November 13th 2007, The McCartney Years will hit the stores from MPL/Rhino Entertainment. This first time ever DVD includes the definitive visual collection of Paul McCartney's amazing career featuring solo music videos, career-spanning live performances, personal commentary by Paul McCartney and exclusive footage that tracks his incredible musical journey as never before.

Spanning four decades The McCartney Years is a three volume DVD collection, featuring some of the world's best-loved music that has become the soundtrack to all our lives.

Volume One and Volume Two contain t...

The Beatles Ban 'Bee' Bosses From Karaoke Covers

July 20th, 2007 11:05am EDT
The producers of hit new TV karaoke contest The Singing Bee have been banned from using the Beatles and The Four Seasons hits on the show.

The fun show, hosted by former 'N Sync star Joey Fatone, gives audience members the chance to croon hit songs, and fill in the words when the karaoke screen goes blank.

The show has become a big hit in America, but some music industry executives are far from impressed - and they've refused to clear the classics for use on the program.

Producer Phil Gurin says, "There are certain artists who just don't clear for these kinds of shows - Th...

Denny Laine Working On Book About Wings And Paul McCartney

July 12th, 2007 10:14am EDT
Paul McCartney's former Wings bandmate Denny Laine is set to spill the secrets behind their turbulent friendship in a new book. McCartney formed the group with guitarist Laine in 1971, but the pair fell out in January 1980 after the former Beatle was taken into police custody for marijuana possession at Japan's Tokyo airport.

The arrest forced the group to cancel international tour dates and Laine reportedly never forgave McCartney for what he saw as an act of betrayal.

Laine has since teamed up with a professional ghostwriter to work on his autobiography, which is expected to she...

Heather Mills Felt Like A 'Trapped Animal'

June 21st, 2007 1:21pm EDT
Heather Mills
Heather Mills has appeared in court to give evidence against a British photographer who she claims assaulted her. The estranged wife of Wings legend Paul McCartney accuses snapper Jay Kaycappa, 31, of grabbing her shoulder in an attempt to take her photograph in a Brighton subway, England in July 2006.

The Dancing with the Stars performer told Brighton Magistrates' Court on Thursday the incident left her feeling like "a trapped animal". Prosecutor Dale Sullivan said: "Since Ms. Mills-McCartney and her estranged husband announced their split it would appear that members of the press ha...

Paul McCartney Not Dating Guinness Heiress

June 20th, 2007 1:45pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Music legend Paul McCartney has laughed off claims he is dating heiress Sabrina Guinness and is supporting her bid to sue a British magazine that claims he is. The 65-year-old former Wing blasted reports he has a "deepening friendship" with Guinness, 52, but admits he doesn't have the time to sue all of Britain's magazines and newspapers for "printing lies."

Guinness, however, is taking action against Hello! magazine for wrongfully reporting she's been on dates with the singer, insisting she has only met him once.

He says, "Courting! Well it's not the world (who thinks that), it'...

Paul McCartney Writes Without Purpose

June 20th, 2007 12:58pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Former Wing Paul McCartney laughs at fans who claim to understand the songs he writes, because most of the time they mean nothing. The ex-Beatle claims he sits down to write songs with no idea about he wants to create.

He says, "When I write something, half the time I don't have a specific idea of what it's about. I've always had a wave of people who interpret things and say, 'Oooh...he's talking about Yoko.' And I'm thinking, 'What? I'm bloody not. I'm talking about a car.' Yoko, Volvo, easy mistake."

-Paul McCartney Pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainmen...

Paul McCartney Thrills New York With Top 20 Hits

June 14th, 2007 4:24pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney thrilled industry insiders and a handful of lucky fans by performing 20 hits and new tunes at an intimate New York show last night. Despite only announcing the gig at the 700-capacity Highline Ballroom yesterday, the venue was packed as McCartney celebrated his new album Memory Almost Full at number three on the U.S. album charts.

The former Quarryman star obviously liked the intimate surroundings, telling the sell-out crowd, "We should do this more often." As well as new tunes Only Mama Know and Dance Tonight, McCartney also treated the crowd to classic Beatles songs. T...

T-Pain Tops U.S. Albums Chart

June 14th, 2007 9:04am EDT
Rapper T-Pain is celebrating after his second album Epiphany beat new releases from Rihanna and Paul McCartney to jump straight in at the top of America's Billboard 200 albums chart.

Epiphany sold 171,000 copies to make it to number one, beating Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad, another new entry in second place. Paul McCartney's Memory Almost Full, the former Wing's first album on Starbucks' Hear Music label, debuts at three.

R. Kelly's Double Up, last week's number one, falls three places to four, while Maroon 5's It Won't Be Soon Before Long drops from two to five.

(This n...

Paul McCartney To Play Intimate New York Show Tonight

June 13th, 2007 3:46pm EDT
 Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney will follow up his intimate show at London's Electric Ballroom with another fan-only concert in New York tonight. The former Wings star has lined up a 'secret' show at New York's Highline Ballroom after announcing the gig on his website this morning.

A limited number of free wristbands will be given away at the box office today and McCartney is offering five fans the chance to win a pair of tickets each in a contest online.

-More Paul McCartney News

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

McCartney Slams Rise Of The MP3 Player

June 13th, 2007 11:15am EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney is disappointed by the rise of the MP3 player - because it stops listeners interacting with nature. The former Wing admits he's not a fan of portable music devices, as it reminds him of hard work in the studio - and believes headphones shut people off from the world when they should be enjoying the world around them.

He says, "Headphones remind me of work - whereas for most people it's the opposite. The thing is, you get sealed off from the world, and that's fine when you're making a record. But, when you're actually just walking around, you're gonna miss birdsong, and t...

Fascinating Facts

May 28th, 2007 12:00pm EDT
50 Cent
50 Cent is to show off his classical skills in a new TV ad for energy drink Vitamin Water. The rapper will be seen relieving a symphony orchestra conductor of his duties, and leading musicians through a rendition of his breakthrough hit In Da Club.

Gerald Levert's touching last recordings with his father Eddie are to be released in time for Father's Day. Father and son teamed up to record tracks for new duets album Something To Talk About last year - just before Gerald's untimely death. It's the second duets album released by the dynamic duo - their first collaboration, Father & Son, ...

Paul McCartney On His New Album, 'Memory Almost Full'; Due June 5

May 4th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Paul McCartney
I started this album, Memory Almost Full, before my last album Chaos And Creation In The Backyard (released September 2005). The first recording session was back in the autumn of 2003 at Abbey Road with my touring band and producer David Kahne. I was right in the middle of it when I began talking with Nigel Godrich about a brand new project (which became Chaos And Creation In The Backyard).

After the Grammy nomination when everything concerning Chaos was finished I returned to making this album. I was wondering if I would enjoy it, but actually I really loved it. In places it's a v...

Paul McCartney's A&E Concert Coming To DVD Nov. 14

November 3rd, 2006 11:37am EST
Paul McCartney
On Friday, September 16th, 2005, Miami's American Airlines Arena played host to Paul McCartney. It marked the opening of an all-new, totally sold-out, concert tour that highlighted yet more Beatles, Wings and solo music. It didn't take long for the 11-week, 34 show 'US' Tour to became the hottest concert ticket in America. As a matter of fact, by the time the tour hit the road there wasn't a seat available to the public. Those who were lucky enough to get a ticket heard Wings classics like "Too Many People," "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Live And Let Die," Beatles classics "Magical Mystery To...

Paul Mccartney And Daughter Team Up For GQ Photo Shoot

May 21st, 2006 1:00pm EDT
Paul Mccartney
Sir Paul Mccartney insisted on being captured by his photographer daughter Mary for a photo shoot in the British edition of GQ magazine's 20th anniversary issue.

The 36-year-old snapper was thrilled to be asked by her megastar dad, although she admits she was terrified of getting it wrong. She says, "They normally provide a photographer but he asked for me specially.

"It's always difficult working with someone you know well because you're worried you're going to do a crappy picture. But dad doesn't have a bad side - both are good, so it's easy. The magazines always airbrush a fe...

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