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Friday, 30 January 2015

46 YEARS AGO: THE BEATLES GAVE THEIR LAST PUBLIC CONCERT - LISTEN THE ROOFTOP CONCERT HIGH QUALITY



 
 46 years ago The Beatles gave their last public concert, on top of the Apple Building, at 3 Saville Row, London ... 

The Beatles' rooftop concert was the final public performance of the English rock group the Beatles. On 30 January 1969, the band, with keyboardist Billy Preston, surprised a central London business district with an impromptu concert from the roof of Apple headquarters at 3 Savile Row. In a 42-minute set, the Beatles played nine takes of five songs before the Metropolitan Police Service forced them to stop. Footage from the performance was later used in the 1970 documentary film Let It Be.


Although the concert was unannounced, the Beatles had planned on performing live during their Get Back sessions earlier in January. It is uncertain who had the idea for a rooftop concert, but the suggestion was conceived just days before the actual event. George Harrison brought in Preston as an additional musician, in the hope that a talented outside observer would encourage the band to be tight and focused.

The audio was recorded onto two eight-track machines in the basement of Apple by engineer Alan Parsons and film director Michael Lindsay-Hogg brought in a camera crew to capture several angles of the performance—including reactions from people on the street








The audio was recorded onto two eight-track machines in the basement of Appleby engineer Alan Parsons and film director Michael Lindsay-Hogg brought in a camera crew to capture several angles of the performance—including reactions from people on the street.
When the Beatles first started playing, there was some confusion from spectators watching five stories below, many of whom were on their lunch break. As the news of the event spread, crowds of onlookers began to congregate in the streets and on the roofs of local buildings. While most responded positively to the concert, the Metropolitan Police Service grew concerned about noise and traffic issues. Apple employees initially refused to let police inside, ultimately reconsidering when threatened with arrest.
As police ascended to the roof, the Beatles realized that the concert would eventually be shut down, but continued to play for several more minutes. Paul McCartney improvised the lyrics of his song "Get Back" to reflect the situation, "You've been playing on the roofs again, and you know your Momma doesn't like it, she's gonna have you arrested!"The concert came to an end with the conclusion of "Get Back," and John Lennon's famous statement, "I'd like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we've passed the audition." 

Set list The rooftop concert consisted of nine takes of five songs, including:

  • "Get Back" (three takes)
  • "Don't Let Me Down" (two takes)
  • "I've Got a Feeling" (two takes)
  • "One After 909" (one take)
  • "Dig a Pony" (one take)
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One of the performances of "I've Got a Feeling", and the recordings of "One After 909", and "Dig a Pony" were later used for the vinyl release of Let It Be.In 1996, a "rooftop" version of "Get Back", which was the last song of the Beatles' final live performance, was included in Anthology 3.

JULIA LENNON´S NEIGHBOUR RECALLS HEARING THE BEATLES PLAY THROUGH BATHROOM WALL


Thelma Cain, 82, from Blomfield Road in Allerton shares her memories of living next door to Julia Lennon

The neighbour of John Lennon’s mum has recalled how the Fab Four’s playing used to keep her baby awake.
Thelma Cain lived next door to Julia Lennon when the star’s mum lived on Blomfield Road, in Allerton’s Springwood estate.
The 82-year-old moved into the semi-detached house 58 years ago and said she remembered The Beatles playing music in the bathroom, where the acoustics were better.
She said: “Once, when my daughter was only a few weeks old, I sent my husband round to shut them up.
“He didn’t come back for three hours, he’d been listening to their music and drinking with them!
“Everybody was laughing at him at the time, and saying he couldn’t be trusted to take a message to anyone.”
Thelma added: “I never thought the music was anything wonderful, I felt like telling them to shut up.”
She said neighbours would help out the singer’s mum, who lived there with partner John Dykins and daughters Julia and Jackie, if they hit hard times.
She added: “John Lennon was the model of his mother.”
But she said she didn’t realise the teenager was destined to become a star at the time.
She said: “It was John Dykins who told me they were going to be stars, when they had their first gig.”
And she said she remembered Lennon returning to the house with his wife Yoko Ono in 1970.
She said: “The kids were all talking to them.
“I remember they had blacked out windows in the car and they were pointing at the house.”
Thelma said the street continues to have visitors thanks to its history.
She said: “We get lots of people coming on the Beatles Tour, we see them walking up in droves.
“The lady that used to live in their house used to go out and talk to them.
“When my son-in-law sees them he always waves out of the window. And they wave back.”
The house on Blomfield Road is due to go up for sale at an auction in Liverpool Town Hall on March 31.
Auctioneers Venmores have given the property a guide price of £120,000.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

RINGO STARR AND HIS ALL STARR BAND ANNOUNCE LATIN AMERICAN & ADDITIONAL U.S. TOUR DATES FOR FEBRUARY & MARCH 2015

RINGO STARR AND HIS ALL STARR BAND ANNOUNCE LATIN AMERICAN & ADDITIONAL U.S. TOUR DATES FOR FEBRUARY & MARCH 2015
Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band - Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Bissonette and Warren Ham - announced new tour dates beginning on February 13 in Louisiana and then onto Texas, Birmingham, South Carolina, and Orlando before traveling throughout Latin America with shows in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and more. The tour continues through March ending with 3 shows in California in Santa Ynez, San Francisco and San Diego and a show in Las Vegas.
This incarnation of the All Starr band is the same line up he has played with since 2012, and the addition of these new dates comes as no surprise to anyone who has heard Ringo talk about this band, with whom he loves performing. “We have so much fun playing together , we don’t want it to end!"  Ringo also loved touring in Latin America and said “the audiences were just great and so loving, we can’t wait to go back".  
RINGO STARR AND HIS ALL STARR BAND ON TOUR:

February
13 Riverdome, Bossier City, LA
14 Cowan Center, Tyler, TX
15 BJCC Concert Hall, Birmingham AL
17 The Peace Center, Greenville, SC
18 Fort Pierce, FL
21 Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

22 Coliseo de Puerto Rico, San Juan 

24 Van Wezel PAC, Sarasota FL
26 HSBC Brasil, Sao Paolo, Brazil
27 Vivo Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

March
1 Buenos Aires, Argentina
3 Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile
6 Bogota Corferias, Colombia
8 Coliseo Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
10 National Auditorium, Mexico City
12 Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez CA

13 Masonic Theater, San Francisco CA

14 Pala Casino, Pala, CA

15 The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, NV

UNIVERSAL MUSIC ENTERPRISES ANNOUNCES RINGO’s MARCH 31, 2015 ALBUM RELEASE: ‘POSTCARDS FROM PARADISE’

Universal Music Enterprises proudly announces Ringo Starr's 18th studio release, POSTCARDS FROM PARADISE.
With 11 original tracks, the solo album is due out March 31, 2015 and is the first to include a song written and recorded by Ringo Starr and his current All Starr Band - Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Wally Palmer and Gregg Bissonette. 

POSTCARDS FROM PARADISE was produced by Ringo and recorded at his home studio in Los Angeles and, as always, features friends and family. As Ringo often says, "If I am recording and you're in town and drop by, you're going to be on the record!"
The album’s guest artists include: Joe Walsh, Benmont Tench, Dave Stewart, Ann Marie Simpson, Richard Marx, Amy Keys, Peter Frampton, Nathan East, and Glen Ballard (among others, complete details and track by track to follow in coming weeks). 









Here is the POSTCARDS FROM PARADISE track list: 
1. Rory And The Hurricanes 
2. You Bring The Party Down 
3. Bridges 
 4. Postcards From Paradise 
5. Right Side Of The Road 
6. Not Looking Back 
7. Bamboula 
8. Island In The Sun 
9. Touch And Go 
10. Confirmation 
11. Let Love Lead 

POSTCARDS FROM PARADISE will be released just after Ringo returns from the road with the All Starrs, who go back out on the road on February 13th with dates in the U.S. and Latin America (see link to tour press release below). 

On April 18, 2015 Ringo will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, where he will receive the Award for Musical Excellence.

PAUL IS GETTING BACK OUT THERE IN JAPAN THIS APRIL - VIDEO



Paul is getting back ‪#Out There‬ in Japan this April.




"OUT THERE" JAPAN TOUR 2015

Paul is getting back 'Out There' in Japan!
Today Paul has announced he will play at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka on 21st April and Tokyo Dome on 23rd, 25th and 27th April.
Speaking about the forthcoming shows Paul said: “I can’t wait to get back to Japan for some more great nights of rock n’ roll and fun. We had such a great time on our trip in 2013 and we were so disappointed that we couldn’t perform last year. I want to thank my fans for all the lovely messages you sent me. Looking forward to seeing you all very soon.”
'Out There' Japan Tour 2015



'OUT THERE' JAPAN TOUR 2015 CONFIRMED
Tuesday 21st April: Kyocera Dome, Osaka
Thursday 23rd April: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
Saturday 25th April: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
Monday 27th April: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
General Ticket Sales: 28th February, 10:00AM (local)
By the end of 2014 and 18 months since its launch, Paul’s incredible ‘Out There’ tour has been seen by almost two million people around the world. Paul and his band have performed a total of 63 shows in 11 different countries in venues of all different shapes and sizes. Each show on the tour has seen multi generational audiences from all different kinds of backgrounds come together to share in the incredible magic of a McCartney live show. 
Last year for reasons beyond his control Paul was forced to cancel his Japanese tour dates. Today it is confirmed that Paul will bring his show back to Japan in April. 
Speaking about the forthcoming shows Paul said: 
“I can’t wait to get back to Japan for some more great nights of rock n’ roll and fun. We had such a great time on our trip in 2013 and we were so disappointed that we couldn’t perform last year. I want to thank my fans for all the lovely messages you sent me. Looking forward to seeing you all very soon.”
The 'Out There' tour features music from one of the best loved catalogues in popular music. Paul will perform songs that span his entire career - as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle.  The set list will also include material from Paul’s most recent studio album ‘NEW’, which was a global hit upon its release.
The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. The last decade has seen Paul and his band perform in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people and even into Space! Having played with his band (Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass guitar/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums)) for over ten years now, the show never disappoints.
The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert.
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ポール、完全復活! 再来日公演が遂に決定!!
ポール・マッカートニー
アウト・ゼアー ジャパン・ツアー2015

2015年4月21日(火)京セラドーム大阪
開場16:30 / 開演18:30(予定)

2015年4月23日(木)、25日(土)、27日(月)東京ドーム
開場16:30 / 開演18:30(予定)


開 幕18ヵ月後の2014年末までに、世界各地でおよそ200万人を動員して大きな話題を呼んだポール・マッカートニーの「アウト・ゼアー」ツアー。ポール とバンド・メンバーは、12ヵ国における、さまざまな形状や大きさの会場で合計64公演を遂行。各公演に集まった、バックグラウンドも世代もまったく異な る観客は、ポールがステージで繰り広げる奇跡のようなライブを共有してきました。
昨年、やむを得ない事情により、ジャパン・ツアーの全公演が中止となりましたが、今年4月、ポールが再び日本のステージに立つという報告が本日入りました。
ポールは来たる日本公演についてこのようにコメントしています。
“日本に戻って、再び痛快なロックンロールの夜を過ごせるのが本当に楽しみだ。2013年のツアーで最高の思い出ができた のに、昨年は公演を行うことができず非常に残念だった。素敵なメッセージを送ってくれたファンの皆には改めてお礼を言いたい。もうすぐ皆に会えるのを心待 ちにしているよ。”
「アウト・ゼアー」ツアーでは、ポップ・ミュージック史上で最も愛されてきた名曲達がふんだんに披露されます。それらはソロ時代から、ウイングス時 代、そしてもちろんザ・ビートルズの時代まで、ポールの長いキャリアをすべて網羅。さらには、リリース直後から世界中で大ヒットした最新スタジオ・アルバ ム『NEW』からの楽曲もセットリストに加わっています。
ポールのライブは、一生に一度の体験となること間違いなし。わずか3時間のあいだに、過去50年の音楽史に残る名場面が再現され、そして私たちの人 生のサウンドトラックともいうべき楽曲を体感することができるのです。またこの10年間、ポールたちは、ローマのコロッセオの前や、モスクワの赤の広場、 バッキンガム宮殿、ホワイトハウスで演奏したり、メキシコで40万人を前に無料ライブを行ったり、さらには宇宙(飛行士)に向けて!歌ったりし、その会場 の規模や幅の広さは目を見張るばかりです。現在のバンド・メンバー、ポール・“ウィックス”・ウィッケンズ(キーボード)、ブライアン・レイ(ベース/ギ ター)、ラスティ・アンダーソン(ギター)、そしてエイブ・ラボリエル・ジュニア(ドラム)とも10年以上共に演奏してきた仲で、毎回見る人を満足させて きました。
さらにツアーでは、観客の皆さんに至高の時間を過ごして頂けるように、最先端の技術やステージ・プロダクションを多用。会場によって巨大スクリーン やレーザー照明、花火やオリジナル映像を駆使しています。それに世界的な名曲の数々が合わさったポール・マッカートニーのライブは、コンサートの域をはる かに超えているのです。

詳細は公演公式サイトをチェック!
http://outthere-japantour.com

JULIA LENNON's HOUSE IN LIVERPOOL IS DUE TO BE AUCTIONED IN MARCH


Julia Lennon's House on Blomfield Road in Springwood, Liverpool, is due to be auctioned in March with a guide price of £120,000
Julia Lennon's House on Blomfield Road in Springwood, Liverpool, is due to be auctioned in March with a guide price of £120,000
The former home of John’s mum, dubbed the “House of Sin” by his aunt, is up for auction.
The semi-detached home on Blomfield Road, in Allerton’s Springwood estate, was where Lennon’s mum Julia lived when he was a teenager and is due to go under the hammer at Liverpool Town Hall on March 31.
The Beatle’s sisters Julia and Jackie lived in the three-bedroom council house with his mum and her new partner John ‘Bobby’ Dykins.
Lennon lived with his aunt Mimi in nearby Menlove Avenue and was a frequent visitor to the house, where he would often stay over.
In her book, his sister Julia Baird said Mimi would refer to her own house as the “House of Correction”, but would refer to John’s mum’s home as the “House of Sin”.
The three-bedroom home has been given a guide price of £120,000, but auctioneers Venmore are hoping it might attract the interest of investors with an interest in the Fab Four.
Chief executive of Venmore, Rob Farnham, said normally properties in the area fetched in the region of £115,000.
He said: “It’s a unique property and Beatles houses always attract lots of interest from around the world. It has the potential to make money but also to provide a great home.”
The house is now a stop off point on the Beatles Tour.
It was there that on July 15, 1958, a 17-year-old Lennon answered the door to a policeman who informed him his mum had been killed in a road accident.
Afterwards, Lennon said: “It was awful, like some dreadful film where they ask you if you’re the victim’s son and all that. Well, I was, and I can tell you it was absolutely the worst night of my entire life.”
It is thought the Imagine singer had been due to spend the summer holidays at the house with his mum but she died before he could move in.
The star, who died in 1980, last visited the home in 1970 when he took wife Yoko Ono on a visit to his old Liverpool haunts.
The couple drove up to the house in their white Rolls Royce and were shown around.
Mr Farnham said the house, which has had one owner since the Lennon family, had remained largely unchanged since the singer’s teenage years.
He said: “There’s a new porch and new front door but a lot of the house is likely to be as it was when John Lennon lived here.”

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

WOODY HARRELSON ENCOURAGES LIPA STUDENTS TO "BE BOLD"

Last week students at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from one of Hollywood’s leading actors. Woody Harrelson visited LIPA to take part in a one-hour question and answer session with students during which he talked about some of his most famous and celebrated roles.
Speaking to a packed and excited audience in LIPA’s Paul McCartney Auditorium, the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actor reflected on his work over the last three decades.





The conversation was chaired by the Founding Principal/CEO of LIPA, Mark Featherstone-Witty, who introduced clips throughout the session from Harrelson's roles in films such as 'Natural Born Killers' and 'The Messenger' (for which he received one of his two Oscar-nominations), last year's acclaimed detective drama 'True Detective' and the sitcom 'Cheers', the show which first brought him to the public's attention.
Asked by one of LIPA's BA (Hons) Acting students how he approaches creating characters for film, Harrelson replied:
"As you're reading a script, you get a feel for your character, and how they fit in to the piece. You need to look for the thing that opens the door to that character." 
One of his main pieces of advice was for students not to hold back when bringing their characters to life:
 Woody Harrelson Encourages LIPA Students To 'Be Bold'"I want to encourage you guys to be bold with your choices, and not go with what's safe. I would rather go for it and get pulled back by a director, than play it safe and not do something special."
Harrelson talked about how he felt about working with film icons such as Robert Redford, with whom he worked on 'Indecent Proposal'. He said:
"It was daunting, but pretty exciting to be working with Robert Redford. It was a great experience, but definitely nervous doing scenes with him."
Featherstone-Witty asked him about how he chooses what projects to go for and whether he looked at money or the quality of the material. Making a direct reference to Featherstone-Witty's own advice, Harrelson said:
"A man I've recently come to admire told me 'Find out what you love doing and how to get paid for it'." He added: 
"I don't do projects just for money. If you do that, your career isn't going to last. Someone once told me, careers aren't made by how many times you say yes, but how many times you say no. If money is the prevailing thing, then you're lost."
Harrelson was also asked whether he would be returning to the stage, or if he felt his future was in television and film. He disclosed that he has been writing a comedy and that he might try and put it on in London and said:
"I prefer theatre. I think it's the best way to get psyched as an actor. Getting up on stage is so exciting." 
Speaking after the event, Harrelson commented on his visit to LIPA, saying:
"I love it here. It's learning at its best. The students are so enthusiastic and love what they are doing. What better environment could they have? There's a great vibe."
Woody Harrelson’s appearance was the latest of LIPA’s regular masterclasses and question and answer sessions, which give its students the opportunity to learn from successful figures across different areas of the performing arts industry. In the past, LIPA has hosted sessions with Sir Ian McKellan, Alan Rickman, Dionne Warwick, Dawn French, and Will Young  alongside luminaries in senior roles that are about making performance possible (such as award-winning producers and lighting designers).
LIPA is located in Paul's old school, the Liverpool Institute for Boys, which underwent a multi-million-pound renovation to turn it into a state-of-the-art performing arts higher education institution. It was founded by Paul and Mark Featherstone-Witty and opened in 1995 with the aim of providing the best teaching and learning for people who want to pursue a lasting career in the arts and entertainment industry, whether as performers or those who make performance possible.
For further information about LIPA please click HERE

PAUL TEAMS UP WITH KANYE & RIHANNA

Paul Teams Up With Kanye West and Rihanna
During Paul's first-ever live Twitter Q&A in 2013 he told fans he'd been enjoying Kanye West's 'Yeezus' album. Paul later revealed during a second Q&A that one of his favourite gigs was Kanye West and Jay Z's 'Watch The Throne' show at The O2 in London. 
Fans will have seen that over the new year Paul's appreciation of Kanye's music yielded a moving collaboration on the track 'Only One'. The song - written from the perspective of West's mother and released without prior notice - featured Paul on keyboards and was recorded at a session the pair held in secret last year. 
Over the past weekend another collaboration from these sessions was released, this time featuring Rihanna on vocals. 'FourFiveSeconds' features Paul on acoustic guitar. 
Both tracks are available to download from iTunes now at the below links:
Get 'Only One' by clicking HERE!
Get 'FourFiveSeconds' by clicking HERE!

INSTANT KARMA!

‘Instant Karma!’ Never has a record been more appropriately titled.
It’s instant because John Lennon wrote it on the morning of 27 January 1970 and went to Abbey Road studios later that day to record it. George Harrison suggested that Phil Spector, with whom he was working on his solo album, All Things Must Pass, should produce it. It took 10 takes to get the basic song down on tape, which they finished around midnight; thereafter overdubs were added. The session included John and George, Klaus Voormann on bass, Billy Preston on organ, Alan White on drums and piano with Mal Evans, Allen Klein and Yoko on backing vocals. Spector gave it his full, ‘Wall of Sound’ treatment.
According to John, “Everybody was going on about karma, especially in the Sixties. But it occurred to me that karma is instant as well as it influences your past life or your future life. There really is a reaction to what you do now. That’s what people ought to be concerned about. Also, I’m fascinated by commercials and promotion as an art form. I enjoy them. So the idea of instant karma was like the idea of instant coffee: presenting something in a new form. I just liked it.”

Not only did John like it, but so did the record buying public. It was released in the UK a week later on 6 February and made No.5 on the charts; as John said on its release, “I wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch, and we’re putting it out for dinner”. Credited to Lennon/Ono with The Plastic Ono Band it was John’s third solo single in just over six months. In America it was released on 20 February and there it made No.3 and became John’s biggest solo hit to that point; the US release was a different mix that Spector did in Los Angeles a few days after it was recorded, which John was unaware of until it came out. ‘Instant Karma!’ became the first solo single by a former Beatle to sell a million copies in America.

On the b-side of ‘Instant Karma!’ was the acoustic ballad, ‘Who Has Seen The Wind?’ written by Yoko Ono, produced by John and recorded at Trident Studios with John Barham on harpsichord. The 45 rpm’s label had ‘PLAY QUIET’ or ‘PLAY SOFT printed in large type on the b-side and ‘PLAY LOUD’ on the a-side.
In an interesting piece of trivia when the writer, Stephen King was asked, “What is the origin of the phrase “the shining” as a description of psychic power?” He replied, The origin of that was a song by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band called ‘Instant Karma!’ The refrain went “We all shine on.” I really liked that, and used it.
And there Karma associated with this records is because of its heartfelt spiritual lyrics that have clearly resonated with so many.

ACCORDING TO REPORTS: RIHANNA TO PERFORM AT THE GRAMMYS WITH PAUL AND KANYE WEST

Paul McCartney and Kanye West are to feature on Rihanna's latest track

According to reports, the stage is set for the three megastars to perform a rendition of their new collaboration


Rihanna will be performing alongside Sir Paul McCartney and Kanye West at the Grammy Awards.
According to reports, the 26-year-old will take to the stage alongside the duo when they sing at the ceremony held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8.
The twosome will be completing a rendition of their collaboration Four Five Seconds, with Rihanna joining them for the routine.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Rihanna's seriously pleased to have bagged a big slot at The Grammys and two huge names to kick off her comeback.
"Paul McCartney's a Grammys regular and it will give Rihanna serious kudos to have a Beatle backing her on stage. It is going to be a huge Grammys moment."
Paul, who during his career has scooped 18 Grammys, will play the organ on the track while Rihanna and Kanye share vocals.
The news comes a day after it was reported Purple Rain hitmaker Prince is planning a 'very, very special' Grammy Awards performance.
A source said: "He has something very, very special in the works."
It has already been announced that stars including Madonna, AC/DC, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Miranda Lambert and Sam Smith will perform at the ceremony, to be hosted by LL Cool J.
Last week RiRi launched her first track in two years, featuring the dark-haired beauty performing a stripped back vocal.
Meanwhile Kanye lends his own vocals while Sir Paul is the man behind the guitar.

45 YEARS AGO: JOHN WRITES AND RECORDS ‘INSTANT KARMA’

 
“I wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch and we’re putting it out for dinner.” That’s how John Lennon flippantly described the incredibly speedy creative process leading up to the release of his ‘Instant Karma!’ single — and although it wasn’t literally true, it came impressively close. 

Inspired by a conversation he and Yoko Ono had with Ono’s ex-husband Tony Cox and Cox’s partner Melinde Kendall, Lennon arose the morning of Jan. 27, 1970, with the stirrings of a song in his head. Roughly an hour after sitting down at his piano, he emerged with ‘Instant Karma!’ — and less than a month later, it was out as a single on both sides of the Atlantic. 






At the time, Lennon was preoccupied with the idea of getting his music out as quickly as possible, and ‘Instant Karma!’ proved it was not only possible, but arguably just as effective as the meticulous level of studio craft the Beatles employed over the course of their last few albums. A huge worldwide hit, it ended up jockeying with ‘Let It Be’ for chart position, and ultimately ended up becoming the first single by a solo Beatle to sell a million copies. Still, even as fans sang along and lined up to buy copies, some critics couldn’t help wondering what inspired the song. “It just came to me,” shrugged Lennon after David Sheff asked him how he thought of the title. “Everybody was going on about karma, especially in the ’60s. But it occurred to me that karma is instant, as well as it influences your past life or your future life. There really is a reaction to what you do now. That’s what people ought to be concerned about. 



Also, I’m fascinated by commercials and promotion as an art form. I enjoy them. So the idea of instant karma was like the idea of instant coffee: presenting something in a new form. I just liked it.” For the session, Lennon — who was still a Beatle in the eyes of the world, even though he’d privately quit the band months before — enlisted his former bandmate George Harrison and producer Phil Spector, as well as a roster of supporting players that included Billy Preston, bassist Klaus Voormann and drummer Alan White, who’d later go on to join Yes. For White, tracking ‘Instant Karma!’ would provide an early highlight in a career that ended up having more than its share. “Even one Beatle’s enough in the room, and when there’s two of them the whole room kind of tends to revolve around them as people, so everybody’s like, you’re in awe,” he marveled years later. “You’re sitting in the same room, they did so much musically to change the world, basically.”

Ten days after Lennon wrote ‘Instant Karma!,’ it was out as a single in the U.K.; two weeks later, the U.S. followed suit. It performed well on both continents, peaking at No. 5 in Britain, No. 3 in the States and No. 2 in Canada. The single was supported by an appearance from Lennon and members of his band on the BBC’s ‘Top of the Pops’ program, ending a four-year hiatus on the show by any member of the Beatles — and debuting a new look for Lennon and Ono, who’d recently cut their long hair and donated it to London-based activist Michael X. ‘Instant Karma!’ also served as a simple, powerful restatement of Lennon and Ono’s message — warning against the foolishness of “laughing in the face of love” and reminding listeners, “Better recognize your brothers / Everyone you meet / Why in the world are we here? Surely not to live in pain and fear.” 

By the time he and Ono returned with their next single, ‘Mother,’ in December 1970, their approach had changed considerably, both in terms of arrangement — Lennon worked with a simple trio consisting of himself, Voormann and Ringo Starr — and in terms of a far more challenging melodic and lyrical content. Over the duration of his ensuing solo career, Lennon would continue to alternate between challenging and placating fans, eventually disappearing completely between 1975-80, but with ‘Instant Karma!,’ he proved that even without the Beatles around, he could pen a pop anthem whenever he felt like it.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

KANYE WEST REPS DENY THAT PAUL CO-PRODUCED NEW ALBUM

Paul has not co-produced the entirety of Kanye West's new album, representatives for both artists have stated.

The pair recently followed their collaboration on West's track 'Only One' by teaming up with Rihanna for 'FourFiveSeconds'.
However despite increasing speculation, spokespeople for West and Paul have denied to Rolling Stone that the former Beatle has co-produced West's entire new album.
The reports stemmed from an Instagram comment attributed to West's associate Ibn Jasper. The message appears to have been deleted.
 
Paul posted on his website when 'Only One' premiered, writing: "For any of you guys who were wondering what I was doing with Kanye... Here it is: 'Only One'. Happy rocking new year!"
It remains unclear whether 'FourFiveSeconds' will feature on West or Rihanna's new record, or both, although it was the 'Diamonds' singer who delivered news of the track.

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