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Hear Billy Joel's cover of 'Maybe I'm Amazed' from an all-star Paul McCartney tribute album

The real measure of a songwriter’s skill isn’t how many albums they’ve sold, but how often other artists have performed their songs. While Paul McCartney’s had no trouble moving units over the course of his career, the fact that he’s one of the most widely covered composers in pop music history–with over 2,000 known versions of his Beatles tune “Yesterday” alone–says much more about how much he means to the form.

Nov. 18 will see possibly the biggest tribute yet to Sir Paul’s compositional talents with the release of The Art of McCartney, a massive collection of covers by some of the biggest musicians of the past 50 years, including Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, and seemingly about half the performers who’ve ever been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Billy Joel contributes two covers to the cause: “Live and Let Die” and “Maybe I’m Amazed.” We have a sneak peek at Joel’s take on the biggest hit from the ex-Beatle’s 1970 solo debut–along with some behind the scenes footage and more info on The Art of McCartney–after the jump.


Paul McCartney chants about Meat-Free Mondays in promo video


Paul McCartney wants you to stop eating meat on Mondays.

The theory goes that if you cut meat out of your diet just one day a week, you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint and therefore helping save the earth from climate change. McCartney helped launch an online campaign urging everyone to take part in what he calls Meat-Free Mondays to help do their part—but he doesn’t just want you to do forgo meat: He wants you to go to the campaign website and pledge that you will stop eating meat on Mondays so he can show those pledges to global leaders when they meet Sept. 23 to discuss climate change. READ FULL STORY

Paul McCartney made a song for new game 'Destiny,' and it is terrible


Though it’s a studio that makes games about shooting aliens, Bungie has always managed to score its creations with grand, operatic themes that are often quite pretty. You can thank the studio’s former composer Marty O’Donnell for that—O’Donnell’s sounds filled every major Bungie release, and although he was fired in April, he’s still responsible for a large portion of the music you’ll hear in Destiny, the studio’s latest, biggest game. To the surprise of many, some of that music involves Paul McCartney. Yes, that Paul McCartney. READ FULL STORY

The Cure covers the Beatles' 'Hello Goodbye' with Paul McCartney's son


The Cure hasn’t recorded together in six years, but now they’re singing “hello” to fans (and also “goodbye”).

The English rockers reunited to record a cover of The Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye” featuring a special guest: Paul McCartney’s son, James, on keyboard. Their version doesn’t stray far from the original, and James’ physical resemblance to his dad turns the otherwise ordinary recording session into a clip that’s eerily similar to watching Papa McCartney perform. READ FULL STORY

Paul McCartney shares behind-the-scenes video for 'Early Days'


Paul McCartney released an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the shoot for his song “Early Days,” depicting an impromptu jam session with fellow musicians (including actor Johnny Depp). At 1 p.m. ET on Friday, McCartney will release the full 29-minute clip of the jam session on his website: 


Paul McCartney on when he'll retire: 'When I feel like it, but that's not today'

Paul McCartney probably isn’t the first person you picture when you think Ibiza, the Spanish island known for its hard-partying ways. But when he had the chance to go on vacation thanks to doctor’s orders to rest, he and his wife headed straight there. “We didn’t exactly go clubbing, but there’s plenty of it about,” he told Rolling Stone in a new interview.

The Ibiza vacation didn’t last too long—McCartney’s currently on tour and isn’t planning on stopping anytime soon. “The answer to ‘Are you going to retire?’ is ‘When I feel like it,'” McCartney said. “But that’s not today.”


Paul McCartney bounces back after hospitalization

Rock icon Paul McCartney picked up his Out There tour Saturday night in Albany, New York after putting it on hold due to a viral infection. The former Beatle was briefly hospitalized in Tokyo, and much of his planned route through the U.S. and Japan had to be canceled or rescheduled.

Now, though, the 72-year-old has recovered, according to Peoplebouncing back with the same kind of lengthy excursion through his catalog that, in recent years, has made McCartney one of the biggest and most dependable live performers from the classic rock era. McCartney opened his set with the Beatles’ “Eight Days a Week,” closing 38 songs and just under three hours later with the album-ending medley from Abbey Road. READ FULL STORY

Paul McCartney dances with a robot in 'Appreciate' video


Paul McCartney may have partnered with his biggest collaborator yet — in physical size, that is.

The Beatles legend stars opposite an oversized robot named Newman in the music video for “Appreciate,” a track off the pop star’s album New, released last year. In the clip, McCartney is an exhibit at The Museum of Man, where Newman is on patrol. When the singer comes to life, Newman pulls him into his reality, where other exhibits become animated, thanks to the sweet sounds of Macca.

“I woke up one morning with an image in my head of me standing with a large robot,” McCartney said in a statement. “I thought it might be something that could be used for the cover of my album New, but instead the idea turned out to be for my music video for ‘Appreciate.’ Together with the people who had done the puppetry for the worldwide hit War Horse, we developed the robot who became Newman.”

Check out the video below: READ FULL STORY

The Beatles Grammy Salute performances: The good, the bad, and the tacky from John Mayer, Brad Paisley, Pharrell, Adam Levine and more

“I was wondering if it was seemly to tribute yourself,” said Sir Paul McCartney in the most quotable moment from last night’s prerecorded CBS special, “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America—A Grammy Salute.” Naturally, it was “a couple of American guys” who convinced him that awards-show-style indulgence was called for on the 50th anniversary of The Ed Sullivan Show bringing Beatlemania to these United States. But when Paul—and, let’s not forget, Ringo Starr—finally performed, they did it with such earnestness, good humor, and energy that all the self-congratulation seemed crowded out. The bummer was that the Yanks who covered Beatles songs in the two hours leading up to this casually historic finale missed a big fat opportunity to inject more tacky, over-the-top American spirit into the proceedings. The lusty screams of young women in cat-eye glasses seemed distant indeed.

Although we must recognize Adam Levine and John Mayer for bringing a louche, careless, cruise-ship vibe to “Ticket to Ride” and “Don’t Let Me Down,” respectively. Especially Mayer, who, with his appealing voice and hobo-stylist look, took his bittersweet selection to an irreverent climax, trading guitar faces with Keith Urban, his sleekly metrosexual partner. Honorable mentions go to Katy Perry, who gave “Yesterday” a literal representation in the form of her retro dress, with its yards and yards of flowery fabric (fashion scolds attacked this choice when they first spotted it on the red carpet); and the louchest of them all, Joe Walsh, who popped up in a couple places, wailing on his guitar and reminding everyone that rock excess endures even when it disdains mind expansion—and that this can be groovy, too. READ FULL STORY

'The Beatles: The Night That Changed America': Why 'Ed Sullivan Show' was more than a musical moment -- VIDEO

When The Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, I wasn’t alive, but I knew exactly who to ask about the Brits’ American television debut: my mom. She described sitting at home at age 11 with her family, and as each song played — “All My Loving,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” — she inched closer to the edge of the couch. Then she slid down the couch to be closer to the TV. Then she was cross-legged on the floor. Then she had her face right up by the screen. She needed to be as close as possible to the Fab Four and their music — and she wasn’t alone.

More than 73 million Americans gathered around their televisions on the night of Feb. 9, 1964, and on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, exactly 50 years later to the day and time, The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A Grammy Salute will bring us back to that magical night. The two-and-a-half-hour show includes the band’s famous fans performing their biggest hits; interviews with those involved in the Sullivan telecast, including David Letterman’s sit-down with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr (check out a preview below); and a Beatles reunion performance.

But it was so much more than just a musical moment. As the show’s producer, Ken Ehrlich, told EW, the country was searching for something to rally around after months of tragedy.

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