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PAUL ATTENDS A BASKETBALL GAME AT STAPLES CENTER IN LOS ANGELES

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Paul attends a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on April 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.



CELEBRITIES APPEAR IN STEVIE WONDER’S “DREAM STILL LIVES” VIDEO HONORING MARTIN LUTHER KING,Jr.

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To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., legendary musician Stevie Wonder has produced a new five-minute video featuring dozens of A-list celebrities, musicians and political figures sharing their dreams for the world and themselves.

The video, titled “Dream Still Lives,” was posted Thursday at 7:05 p.m. CT, the exact time Dr. King was gunned down in Memphis on April 4, 1968.Wonder himself appears at the beginning of the clip, praising MLK’s teachings, stating, “Although Dr. King left us 50 years ago, his dream is still within all of us.”He’s then followed by Barack and Michelle Obama, after which a slew of musicians, actors and other celebrities appear to share their dreams.

Among the notable musicians are Paul McCartney, Smokey Robinson, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Bruce Springsteen, Cher, Dave Matthews, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Bette Midler, Garth Brooks, Jon Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige, Kesha, Common, The Chainsmokers, Gloria Estefan, Charlie Puth,Harry Styles, Tony Bennett, Lionel Richie,Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Strahan, James Corden, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, Chadwick Boseman, Robert De Niro, Jimmy Kimmel, Jamie Foxx, Howard Stern, Dave Chappelle, Meryl Streep and more.

‘YOU GAVE ME THE ANSWER’ – YVONNE FROM THE US ASKS

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Looking out of the window onto a wet and windy London feels a little different now that we know the days are getting longer and lighter. It’s certainly given everyone a big, happy energy boost – we hope you feel the same!

Along with the weather, another factor that can influence our mood and energy levels is music in all of its glorious genres! Having been a professional musician for most of his life, Paul is no stranger to dipping in and out of different musical styles which ties in nicely with this month’s question from Yvonne in the US, who asks:

“You’re known to experiment with musical genres. Have you ever thought of exploring some of the Latin American genres like son, rumba, salsa, merengue, tango, samba, etc.?”

Paul replied, “Thanks for your question, Yvonne. And yeah, once or twice! You know I’ve done something along those lines. My new album actually has something which is decidedly Latin. But I don’t know if it will make the cut. You never know with these things, but I think it will and people will understand what I’m talking about when they hear it. But I love Latin rhythms and have often experimented with them, but not a definitive thing like a tango or a salsa. It’s more the general rhythms of the country that I love.”

Of course, we asked (begged!) Paul to tell us more about his new album, but for the moment his lips are tightly sealed! Keep checking back to PaulMcCartney.com to be the first to hear any NEW news and make sure to let us know your favourite music genres in the comments below!

PAUL McCARTNEY 2018 CATALOGUE REISSUES OUT MAY 18 VIA MPL/Capitol

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Featuring limited edition 180g color vinyl pressings

On 18th May, Paul will release four 2018 edition catalogue reissues via MPL/Capitol:
NEW, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Wings Greatest and Thrillington.

All four titles will be issued in affordable single CD digipak and 180gram black vinyl single LP formats and will be made available for the first time in limited edition 180gram color vinyl pressings. All vinyl LPs will include a download card. Upon its release in 2013, NEW was lauded by Rolling Stone as “energized and full of joyous rock & roll invention.” Produced by Giles Martin and also featuring production by Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns and Paul Epworth, NEW entered the U.S. chart at #3. The album scored positive reviews from Entertainment Weekly to Pitchfork and all points in between, while the title track, ‘Queenie Eye’ and ‘Save Us’ would become staples of the McCartney live show over the course of the ‘Out There’ and ‘One On One’ world tours. NEW’s 2018 edition will feature the first vinyl pressing of the album since its 2013 release, including a limited edition pink vinyl 180gram vinyl LP with download card and 12×12″ insert.

Released in 2005, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard was instantly hailed as continuing a hot streak that included ‘Flaming Pie’, ‘Run Devil Run’ and ‘Driving Rain’. Produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck) and featuring the singles ‘Fine Line’ and the Grammy-winning ‘Jenny Wren’, ‘Chaos And Creation’… debuted at #6 on the Billboard chart. It remained on the charts for nearly half a year, while Paul mounted the massive ‘US’ Tour. In 2007, ‘Jenny Wren’ won the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, while the album was nominated in three other categories including Album of the Year. The 2018 edition of Chaos and Creation in the Backyard will make the album available on vinyl for the first time since its initial run and will include a limited edition gold vinyl 180gram vinyl LP with download card and 12×12″ insert.

Originally released in 1978, Wings Greatest was the first ever compilation of Paul’s post-Beatles hits, featuring four classics that had previously been unavailable on any McCartney album: ‘Another Day’, ‘Junior’s Farm’ ‘Hi, Hi, Hi’ and ‘Mull of Kintyre.’ The penultimate Wings album release, Wings Greatest was naturally a worldwide hit, and the soundtrack to the 70s for a generation. As part of its 2018 edition reissue, Wings Greatest will be available as a limited edition blue vinyl 180gram vinyl LP with download card and 20″x30″ poster.

Recorded in 1971 but not released until 1977, Thrillington remains one of the most enigmatic entries in the storied McCartney discography. Credited to the pseudonym Percy “Thrills” Thrillington, a fictitious socialite whose activities were chronicled in UK newspaper ads, Thrillington was actually a fully reimagined instrumental lounge/jazz version of Paul and Linda’s RAM. With Thrillington’s 2018 edition, Percy is given a new lease on life with this collector’s item available on vinyl for the first time since the 1977 first pressings that fetch hefty sums on the collectors’ market, plus a limited edition red/black marbled 180gram vinyl LP with download card. Every release is supervised by Paul himself, who oversees all aspects of each and every title.

PAUL JOINS THE RALLY DURING A “MARCH FOR OUR LIVES” DEMONSTRATION DEMANDING GUN CONTROL IN NYC

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Paul and Nancy were both spotted at the march sporting T-shirts that read “We can end gun violence.”

Paul tried to imagine a world without gun violence — while standing just steps away from the spot where his former band mate John Lennon was murdered.

Paul, was joined by his wife Nancy Shevell on Saturday during the March for Our Lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side when spoke off-camera to CNN’s Jason Caroll.
“One of my best friends was shot not far from where we are right now,” he said, according to Deadline.

The New York City protest was held at 72nd Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West. The location is quite close to The Dakota building, at 1 West 72nd Street, where John lived and was gunned down on Dec. 8, 1980.
NYC’s March for Our Lives was also taking place near the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park dedicated to Lennon, which was created by his widow Yoko Ono and landscape architect Bruce Kelly.

source:nydailynews

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES ‘IN CONCERT’ SERIES WITH PAUL & RINGO

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is mining performances from induction ceremonies between 2010-2017 for release in a variety of formats in April.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert will be available April 24 as four DVDs and two Blu-rays featuring 53 live performances from the ceremonies, including: Nirvana’s 2014 performance with Lorde, Joan Jett, Kim Gordon and Annie Clark singing in place of the late Kurt Cobain; Ringo Starr and an all-star cast of friends, including Beatles mate Paul McCartney; Pearl Jam; Journey; Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band; Cat Stevens; Chicago; the Red Hot Chili Peppers; Green Day; Cheap Trick; Deep Purple; Joan Jett & the Blackhearts; Yes; Rush; and more. The video sets will also feature induction and acceptance speeches from the ceremonies.
Five digital Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame: In Concert digital albums, each covering two ceremonies, come out the same day, with bonus performances by Alice Cooper, Donovan, Dr. John, Heart, the Hollies, Darlene Love, Leon Russell, the Stooges, Tom Waits, the Small Faces/Faces, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more.
This year’s Rock Hall induction takes place April 14 in Cleveland, honoring Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. It will be, as usual, filmed by HBO for subsequent broadcast.

source:billboard