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Paul McCartney talks about writing songs with Michael Jackson

October 14, 2015

Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

To pave the way for a remixed, deluxe edition of his classic album Pipes of Peace, Paul McCartney has released a remix of his 1983 hit with Michael Jackson, ‘Say, Say, Say’, which was originally produced by George Martin. The song became Jackson’s seventh Top 10 hit in a year.

In the video below, McCartney talks to Manic Street Preachers’ frontman James Dean Bradfield about what it was like to write songs such as ‘Say, Say, Say’ with Michael Jackson.

McCartney reveals that the song was written quickly, with Jackson and himself face-to-face around a piano in the former Beatle’s London office.

“It came very easily because I was excited to be writing with him and he was excited to write with me,” said McCartney. “We just popped off each other.”

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New West End show to mark The Beatles’ 50th anniversary

April 16, 2012

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The 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ first hit ‘Love Me Do’ in October 1962 is to be marked with a new West End show celebrating their career.

Titled Let It Be, the new production will tell the story of The Beatles’ rise to fame using historical video footage and live cast performances of more than 20 of the Fab Four’s greatest hits.

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Paul McCartney’s new album to be called ‘Kisses On The Bottom’

January 3, 2012

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Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that his new album will have the saucy title of Kisses On the Bottom.

Set for release on 6 February 2012, the album features Diana Krall and her band and includes cover versions of standards from the former Beatle’s childhood, as well as two new original McCartney compositions titled ‘My Valentine’ and ‘Only Our Hearts’.

The full tracklisting is expected to be announced shortly.

‘My Valentine’ features a guest appearance by Eric Clapton, while Stevie Wonder performs on ‘Only Our Hearts’.

Kisses On the Bottom is expected to provide a glimpse into “the songs which inspired the songs” that McCartney has written over the years.

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New Paul McCartney album set for February 2012 release

December 20, 2011

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A new Paul McCartney album – featuring cover versions of ‘Great American Songbook’ standards that he grew up with – will be released on 6 February 2012.

The as-yet-untitled album is expected to provide a glimpse into “the songs which inspired the songs” that McCartney has written over the years.

Produced by Tommy LiPuma, it features Diana Krall and her band, and also includes Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder on two brand new McCartney songs.

It’s an album that Sir Paul, 69, says he has been thinking about making for more than 20 years. “I’ve wanted to do it forever,” he says. “In the end it was ‘Look, if I don’t do it now, I’ll never do it.”

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Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison film ‘Living in the Material World’ to premiere in Liverpool

September 30, 2011

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Martin Scorsese’s new George Harrison TV documentary, titled George Harrison: Living in the Material World, is set to receive its UK premiere in Liverpool.

It will be launched at Liverpool’s Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) on 2 October 2011.

The film, made in collaboration with Harrison’s widow Olivia, documents the Beatles guitarist’s rise to fame and his life as a member of the Fab Four. It features interviews with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono.

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Paul McCartney issues remastered versions of two solo albums

June 18, 2011

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Paul McCartney has releaseed expanded and remastered deluxe versions of his solo albums McCartney and McCartney II.

   The albums are both available as 2CD Special Editions and Deluxe Editions, and also include DVDs and bonus material such as live recordings and B-sides. They are also available as 2-disc vinyl editions and as digital downloads.

   These re-issues follow the release of the remastered version of Paul McCartney & Wings’ classic 1973 album Band on the Run last November.

   McCartney was originally released in April 1970, one month before The Beatles’ final album Let It Be. It included the classic track ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’.

   Originally issued in May 1980, McCartney II featured songs such as ‘Coming Up’, ‘Waterfalls’ and ‘Temporary Secretary’. It marked McCartney’s return to solo recording after nine years of touring and releasing albums with Wings.

   Paul McCartney is understood to have personally supervised all aspects of the reissued albums, with the remastering work carried out at Abbey Road using the same team that recently remastered the complete Beatles catalogue.

   McCartney is available as a 2CD Special Edition featuring the original remastered album, plus seven bonus tracks. These include the previously unreleased outtakes ‘Suicide’ and ‘Don’t Cry Baby’, and a rare live 1979 recording of ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’.

   For collectors, the reissue is also available as a lavishly packaged 2 CD+1 DVD Deluxe Edition. It includes an exclusive bonus DVD featuring rare and previously unseen footage, along with a 128-page hardback book containing exclusive and unpublished photos by Paul and Linda McCartney. It also contains an illustrated history of the making of the album, and expanded track by track information. Detailed historical information about the film content is also included.

   McCartney II is also available as a 2CD Special Edition featuring the original remastered album, plus eight bonus tracks including B-Sides and alternative versions. The bonus audio CD includes a live 1979 version of ‘Coming Up’ and the Christmas classic ‘Wonderful Christmastime’.

   The 3CD+1DVD Deluxe Edition of McCartney II comes with an exclusive bonus DVD featuring rare and previously unseen footage (including performances of ‘Coming Up’ and a new video for the unreleased track ‘Blue Sway’). It also includes eight rare bonus tracks that are exclusive to this edition.

   Like the McCartney package, the McCartney II Deluxe Edition contains the 128-page hardback book, original album and single artwork, an illustrated history of the making of the album, and expanded track by track information.

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The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Sex Pistols to form Olympics supergroup?

June 11, 2011

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Organisers of the London 2012 Olympics are reportedly trying to bring together stars from The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Sex Pistols to form a spectacular British supergroup for the opening ceremony.

They are said to be hoping that Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will agree to team up with Sir Mick Jagger and John Lydon for the global event.

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Disney cancels The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine remake in 3D

April 29, 2011

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Disney Studios has reportedly scrapped its plans to remake The Beatles’ 1968 psychedelic film Yellow Submarine in 3D, blaming “budget issues”.

   The 3D project was to be directed by Oscar-winning Robert Zemeckis, the creative driving force behind Back To The Future, Forrest Gump and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He planned to use the same motion-capture 3D animation and special effects he employed in the films Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol.

   When the film was first announced in August 2009, Zemeckis said he hoped to get Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr involved in the project. He wanted to incorporate the 16 Beatles songs and recordings from the original film – including ‘All Together Now’, ‘All You Need Is Love’, ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ and ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’.

   Last year, Zemeckis revealed that Dean Lennox Kelly (from BBC TV’s Robin Hood) would provide the voice of John Lennon, along with Peter Serafinowicz (Paul McCartney), Adam Campbell (Ringo Starr) and Cary Elwes (George Harrison).

   The original version of Yellow Submarine – directed by George Dunning – reflected the ‘peace and love’ counter-culture of 1967 and 1968 and told the story of a peaceful, music-loving underwater community that is attacked by music-hating ‘blue meanies’.

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Paul McCartney to compose his first ballet

April 28, 2011

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Sir Paul McCartney, 68, is taking his love of composing classical music to a new level by writing his first original orchestral score for a ballet.

   The former Beatle is composing the music for the New York City Ballet (NYCB) company’s production of Ocean’s Kingdom – a new romantic ballet which will have its world premiere in New York on September 22.

   Ocean’s Kingdom is said to be a Romeo and Juliet-style love story about a forbidden love affair between the daughter of the king of the “pure” ocean kingdom and the brother of the king of the “baddie” earth kingdom. The four-act ballet will feature some 50 minutes of music and will involve more than 40 dancers.

   “I am always interested in new directions that I haven’t worked in before, so I became very excited about the idea,” Sir Paul told The New York Times. He said he was astounded by the athleticism of the ballet dancers. “It’s like a meeting of the Olympic games and art. I find that fascinating and challenging for me, to see what can be done.”

   Sir Paul’s involvement in the project began last year when he met NYCB’s ballet master-in-chief Peter Martins at a charity event. “Like the rest of my generation, I grew up being a huge fan of The Beatles so I was thrilled to meet him,” said Martins, who will create the choreography for Ocean’s Kingdom.

  “After I got to know him a bit, and knowing of his great love of composing classical music,” said Martins, “I asked if he might be interested in doing something for New York City Ballet. I am ecstatic that he has agreed to write a score for us.”

   After writing some of the greatest pop songs of the last 50 years, Sir Paul McCartney first dipped his toes into classical music in 1991, when he wrote the Liverpool Oratorio with Carl Davis for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 150th anniversary. His other classical works include Standing Stone, Working Classical and Ecce Cor Meum.

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Paul McCartney writes “emotional” love song for ex-wife Heather

August 6, 2008

 

It has been revealed that Sir Paul McCartney has written an “emotional and powerful” love song for his ex-wife Heather Mills.

 

McCartney wrote the new song – an acoustic ballad titled ‘My Soul’ – as part of a musical collaboration with Nitin Sawhney, the English musician, producer, and composer whose critically-acclaimed work combines Asian and World Music influences with elements of jazz and electronica.

 

The song will appear on Sawhney’s new album, London Undersound, which will be released in the UK on October 13, 2008.

 

Although McCartney agreed to a staggering £24.3 million divorce settlement following a bitter public battle earlier this year, it seems he has taken this opportunity to open his heart and express sympathy for his ex-wife in the song.

 

Sawhney said: “Paul has done a track about how he feels about Heather and what was going on with the paparazzi because no one has heard his side of it at all – so this will be the first time anyone hears a song relating to that subject. It’s a very emotional and very powerful song.”

 

An unnamed source also told the Daily Mail: “What the song shows is that rather than feeling embittered towards Heather, Paul just feels sorry for her.

 

“Paul knows Heather is a complex person, and deeply misunderstood – but that she has hardly helped herself by being less than transparent about her life.”

 

In one lyric, McCartney appears to pay tribute to Heather for helping him cope after the death of his first wife Linda in 1998. But he also uses the song to blame the press and paparazzi for the breakdown of their relationship.


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