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Paul McCartney talks Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti - EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Next Tuesday, October 15, would have been Fela Kuti’s 75th birthday. The Nigeria-born Fela was a responsible for bringing Afrobeat—and world music in general—into the Western world. And though he passed away in 1997, his legacy still stretches across the globe.

Yesterday saw the release of Red Hot + Felaa new benefit compilation of classic Fela tunes reimagined by the likes of Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, My Morning Jacket, tUnE-yArDs, Childish Gambino, Spoek Mathambo, members of TV on the Radio, and a host of African artists. Fela—whose life was captured in the Broadway musical Fela!produced by Jay Z and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith—is also being remembered in a series of videos that find all manner of legends, including George Clinton and Brian Eno. 

One of those participants is Paul McCartney, whose new album New is about to land in stores. In the exclusive video below, McCartney talks about a great lost Fela tune that he saw performed live once but has never been able to track down on record. Clearly, it left an impression: READ FULL STORY

Paul McCartney buys Kanye, wants to sing with Bob Dylan, and more from his Twitter Q+A

While other pop stars made their own kind of singers-on-social-media news today, a polite Knight held a different kind of Twitter tête-à-tête this morning for his fans.

Responding to the hashtag #AskMacca, Sir Paul McCartney held a 140-character-limit Q&A this morning in support of his upcoming album New, due Oct. 15.

What we gleaned from Macca’s internet etiquette: the 71-year-old former Beatle has some well-rounded music taste — his last record purchases were Kanye West, Jay Z, The Civil Wars, and The National. Also? He wants to do a duet with Bob Dylan, and finishing a song is the hardest part of writing for him.

But more importantly, want to know how the former Beatle gets his social media on? In a gingham shirt, with a tablescape of roses and lit candle, of course:

Here’s a sampling of the Q+A:

On the Scene at Paul McCartney's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' concert: Something old, something 'New'

When Paul McCartney and his Beatles bandmates performed an unannounced concert on a London rooftop in 1969 for their Let It Be film, the police eventually came in and shut it down. But McCartney and Jimmy Kimmel had the cops’ blessing Monday night in Los Angeles, as they took to the roof of the El Capitan Theatre, promising a free show from the one-and-only Sir Paul for the gathered masses.

Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! TV audience only caught two of those songs. After that, as McCartney told us when he hit the stage, “The rest is just for you.” Here’s what you missed if you weren’t one of the 10,000 people lining Hollywood Boulevard:
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Paul McCartney releases single 'New,' announces album for October

Paul McCartney helped construct the greatest album of all time, among other minor accomplishments, so it’s not like the guy has anything left to prove at this point.

And yet at 71 years old, he’s still going hard. Last year, he released a new solo album called Kisses on the Bottom, which was made up mostly of traditional pop covers and re-worked jazz tunes. Now he’s got a batch of freshly-written original material, and he’s ready to unleash it.

According to a press release sent out late last night, McCartney’s new album New will be arriving in stores on October 15. It features 12 new songs and a heaping helping of fresh collaborators, including Mark Ronson, who worked on the title track that also dropped last night.

The album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes, and the single is for sale. Give “New” a listen below.

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Paul McCartney added to iHeartRadio festival lineup

Paul McCartney will perform at the iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas next month.

Clear Channel said Wednesday that the former Beatle will perform on the second night of the two-day festival, which kicks off Sept. 20. He joins a list of top performers, including Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and Drake.

Ryan Seacrest will host the event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Chris Brown, Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Miguel, J. Cole, and fun. will also perform.

The event will include a festival dubbed iHeartRadio Music Festival Village. It will feature performances on two stages from Miley Cyrus, The Wanted, and Avril Lavigne.

Muse, Tiesto, Phoenix, Zedd, Tim McGraw, Ke$ha, and Queen with Adam Lambert will also perform during the main show.

Paul McCartney joined by Nirvana in Seattle

In Nirvana’s hometown, former members of the defining grunge band reunited to join Paul McCartney on stage.

Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic joined the former Beatle before 47,000 fans at Safeco Field during Friday’s concert. Guitarist Pat Smear, who played with Nirvana for a tour and an album, also joined the group on stage.

There were no Nirvana songs played though. The group covered Beatles songs and played “Cut Me Some Slack,” which debuted during a benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy relief last year.

McCartney told the adoring crowd that he was in the middle of a “Nirvana reunion.”
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Livestream the Bonnaroo Festival starting today -- watch Paul McCartney, Macklemore, Nas, the National and more

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Even though Mumford and Sons announced today that they’ll be canceling their Bonnaroo headlining gig while bassist Ted Dwane recovers from a blood clot on his brain Jack Johnson will step in to replace them – there are still approximately 97,000 bands, solo artists, comedians, and collective super jams to see over the next three days.

But if you’re not among the 80,000 attendees testing the limits of their capacity for mud, music, and psychoactive substances in Manchester, Tennessee this weekend, you can still enjoy the show from the warm, dry comfort of your laptop.

To watch Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bjork, Wilco, R. Kelly, Wu-Tang, the National, the Lumineers, Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis, Beach House, Animal Collective, Of Monsters and Men, Solange, Schoolboy Q, Cat Power, ZZ Top, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Tame Impala, Jim James, A$AP Rocky, Japandroids and many many more in real time, go to Ustream.tv/bonnaroo. Homemade living-room mudpit (and of course, clothing) optional.

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The ultimate Phil Ramone playlist: Hear definitive tracks from Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Dusty Springfield, and Paul McCartney

Over five-plus decades, album producer, engineering whiz, and recording innovator Phil Ramone won 14 Grammys and collaborated with some of the biggest lights in pop and rock: Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Lesley Gore, Dusty Springfield, Tony Bennett, Madonna, and Lady Gaga, just to name some of the bigger stars.

One of his most notable partnerships was with Billy Joel, whose sound Ramone helped hone on his mainstream pop crossover hit with 1977’s The Stranger. Over the course of Joel’s career, he became one of his most trusted collaborators. “I always thought of Phil Ramone as the most talented guy in my band,” Joel said in a statement on Ramone’s passing. “He was the guy that no one ever, ever saw on stage. He was with me as long as any of the musicians I ever played with—longer than most. So much of my music was shaped by him and brought to fruition by him.”

Ramone passed away at age 79 on Saturday, but his epic recorded legacy will live on. Check out our definitive Spotify playlist below, which includes hits from all points of his resume.  READ FULL STORY

Morrissey continues beef with Jimmy Kimmel, starts new one with Paul McCartney

And since that headline wasn’t vegan, Morrissey might soon start feuding with us!

It all began when the “Meat Is Murder” singer canceled his scheduled appearance on Tuesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, citing his moral qualms with being on the same program as the mallard-hunting stars of A&E’s Duck Dynasty. This prompted Kimmel to take some swipes at the former Smiths frontman in his opening monologue.

“While I respect his stance on this, I really do, there’s a very good reason why I didn’t dump the Duck Dynasty guys for Morrissey,” said the comedian. “And that’s because they have guns.” Kimmel also added, “He keeps finding new ways to depress us,” referring to Morrissey’s “Pope of Mope” reputation. On top of that, the host also aired a parody video for “a new Duck Dynasty product for vegans.”

Naturally, Moz was not amused by any of this and released the following statement:

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Bonnaroo lineup announced: McCartney, Mumford, A$AP Rocky, R. Kelly, Bjork and more round out wildly diverse roster

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This summer, the sons of London and Liverpool will descend upon Manchester — Tennessee, that is.

The annual rustic revel known as Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has announced this year’s lineup, with Paul McCartney and Mumford & Sons topping the bill for the June event. Other topline guests on the docket include Bonnaroo veterans Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Icelandic export Björk.

Mumford & Sons, who this month snagged the Album of the Year prize at the Grammys, won’t be the only folk group packing their suspenders: The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, and Glen Hansard are also slated to play.

Of course, the full lineup for the four-day event, going down June 13-16 at its usual Tennessee stomping grounds, gets more diverse as you go down the list: Wilco, R. Kelly, the Wu-Tang Clan, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Grizzly Bear,  Nas, Earl Sweatshirt, and ZZ Top are just some of the acts who’ll be heading to the farm.

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