Paul McCartney has just finished recording an album that’s devoted to covers of pop standards from the pre-rock years. The iconic singer worked with an orchestra to record nearly a dozen songs, including some with Diana Krall and her band. Paul explains “It’s my dad’s style of music. I’ve wanted to do that kind of thing forever, since the Beatle days. But then Rod [Stewart] went mad on it. I thought, ‘I have to wait so it doesn’t look like I’m trying to do a Rod.’ They’re just songs I admire, I’m trying to steer away from the obvious ones. It’s get-home-from-work music. You put it on and get a glass of wine.” Paul also plans on going the opposite direction and will begin work on another album with heavier rock, with hopes of working with Dave Grohl. He said “It sounds quite wacky, but it keeps it fresh. I love that – you get a crazy idea and go with it. You never know – I may run into a garage to make this other album. But it won’t be in Dave’s garage.” I can’t wait to hear this.
Rihanna’s “S&M” has officially hit the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This achievement marks the R&B/pop singer’s 10th number 1 hit on the chart, and given the fact that her 1st #1 hit on the chart was May 2006’s “SOS”, Rihanna has achieved a record of having “the shortest span between a solo artist’s first and 10th No. 1s in the chart’s 52-year history.” The only artists who have gained 10 Hot 100 number 1’s faster than her are the Beatles and the Supremes. That’s not bad at all. If that’s not enough of an achievement, Rihanna has also become the youngest artist to land 10 number 1’s in the Hot 100 chart. Wow! Congratulations Rihanna!
He may only be just 16 years old but Justin Bieber already has his own 32-page biographic comic book called ?Fame: Justin Bieber?. The comic by Bluewater Productions illustrates the pop singer?s sudden rise to fame, similar to the Beatles and New Kids on the Block. This kid is just everywhere and it?s obvious that there?s no getting rid of him. If I was younger, I would have probably taken part in his fandom but right now, I just don?t get it. You know he?s not going to stay a little kid forever and when that voice of his breaks and his music changes, I?m going to tell everyone I know that?s a fan of his ?I told you so?.
May 18, 2010 Beatles
The former Beatle thinks that he and his old band mates would?ve probably reunited for a good cause after a lengthy period of time, even though they did turn down a few offers to do so after they split back in 1970. This is what Paul McCartney said on the matter: “We were asked to do reunion concerts shortly after we broke up. It wasn’t really a good idea then, but I think if this much time had elapsed, I could easily see it happening. Somebody would have said, ‘Oh go on. Just for a laugh.’ It could have been a charity thing. Or it could have been because we just met up and said, ‘Let’s do it.’ You never know. But it’s not to be so sadly it’s all just conjecture.” Yeah, it is a bit too late for something like this? but then again, Ringo Starr would?ve probably made a botch of things if it were to be. Paul McCartney is probably happy where he is with his solo project and whatnot.
Paul McCartney sent a special message to the contestants of American Idol as they prepared to sing Lennon and McCartney songs.
“Hey there, Paul McCartney here,” the Beatles legend said in a message to the final contestants. “I’m very pleased that you’re singing the songs of Lennon and McCartney and I just want to say get out there, go for it – enjoy yourselves. Good luck!”
Meanwhile, new judge Ellen DeGeneres had a cheeky swipe at Simon Cowell, who recently got engaged. After one contestant sang Can’t Buy Me Love, Ellen said: “First of all, you can buy love” and, as all the judges looked towards mega-rich Cowell, she added: “Am I right, Simon?”
Even though Paul McCartney recently performed with X Factor winner Joe McElderry, the former Beatles member thinks it would be funny if Rage Against the Machine does beat out Simon Cowell?s artist. The band is trying to take Joe down in the top spot by urging fans to download their 1992 hit ?Killing in the Name?. Paul told Sky news that he would be pleased if the band does end up on top, explaining ?Because it’s out of leftfield you know. Everyone expects Joe to do it, and he certainly will sell a lot of records. And if he gets to Number One, good luck to him. But it would be kind of funny if a band like Rage Against The Machine got it, because it would prove a point.?
The former member of The Beatles recently shared with all of us that deep down inside he?s still part of the good old band. This is what Paul McCartney said on the matter: “I still think I am in The Beatles ? it is something you don’t want to lose. If I am doing songs from The Beatles, I remember the session when we recorded it. If I am doing ‘Something’ obviously I am thinking of George, and the memories of playing the ukulele. In a way you are revisiting them.” Well now, is Paul McCartney familiar with the concept of ?memories?? The moment he starts forgetting those times will be the moment when he should seriously think about a forced retirement because he?s probably not going to be too much of a musician after that either.
Sir Paul McCartney says he makes contact with those once dearest to him in music and in life whenever he performs.
“I’m sort of thinking about George,” he said of the late Beatle George Harrison. He went on to mention his late wife Linda and great collaborator John Lennon, when he said: “And similarly with John and Linda. In a way you’re kind of in contact with them again, you know. And it’s sad. It’s emotional.”
The ex-Beatle was in London to promote a new album and DVD. He was in a pub when he said:
“It’s a good thing to do. I couldn’t have done it when I was 18 because I would not have allowed myself to cry or go anywhere near that. Now it’s OK. I’m used to it.”
Sir Paul’s new song, Here Today, was written with Lennon in mind. He said: “It catches me out in this film version (of the song) where I realise I’m telling this man that I love him. I’m publicly declaring this in front of all these people I don’t know.”
His new album will be released in the UK on December 7.
The Beatles haven?t been making teenage girls cry for a long while now so video game companies are the newest ones to shed a tear for the band as they can?t boost lowly video game sales. ?The Beatles: Rock Band? only managed to sell 595,000 copies last month. You make think that it?s not too shabby but it is considering that it was expected to sell over a million units. Analyst Jesse Divnich of Electronic Entertainment Design and Research said ?The Beatles performed at a respectable level. I have no doubts we will see a resurgence in sales during the holiday months.?
X Factor judge Simon Cowell has said that his slamming of the Beatles was a joke.
The 49-year-old, who recently stated if the Beatles had taken part in the British TV talent competition, he wouldn’t have put them through to the finals, has now said he was only joking.
Cowell told RadarOnline.com: “Regarding my comments on the Beatles, it was a joke. I have always said they were the group I have always wished I had signed.
“Also, to set the record straight, it was recently reported that I turned down the Spice Girls. In fact, I offered the girls a recording contract before they were signed and actually offered to double the offer they had on the table.”