Bob's News Archives for 2017-03

Paul McCartney Confirms He's Working On New Album

Get ready for some new music from Paul McCartney.

“I'm making a new album, which is great fun. I'm in the middle of that,” McCartney said during an interview with BBC Radio 6's Matt Everitt on Saturday (March 25).

The new set is being produced by Greg Kurstin. “I'm working with a producer who I first worked with two years ago on a thing, a piece of music I'm doing for an animated film,” McCartney said.

“And since then he went on to work with Beck and got best album of the year,” he continued. “Then he went on to work with Adele. He just got song of the year, record of the year with Adele. And just got producer of the year. So my only worry is people are going to go, 'Uhhhhh, there's Paul going with the flavor of the month.’ You know, I suppose you always think the worst of it. But he's a great guy. Greg is musical and he's great to work with.”



A release date for McCartney's upcoming album has not yet been scheduled.

A day after his Flowers in the Dirt reissue with previously unheard demos from the recording sessions with Elvis Costello was released around the world, McCartney said writing with Costello on the album was very much like working with John Lennon.

“You know the thing is there's a million ways to write and I realize that more and more these days because there are a million and one now. But the way I always used to write was with John (Lennon) and it would be across from each other, either in a hotel bedroom on the twin beds and with an acoustic guitar. We were just looking at each other. He'd make up something, I'd make up something and we'd just spin off each other.”

McCartney said the demos on the new box set were recorded in the middle of intense writing sessions. “I kind of agree with a few people that the demos have got more spark, have got more life with the recordings we ended up with eventually. So it was great to be able to include them in the package,” he said.

In contrast, he said working with Kanye West was more of an experiment. “I had no idea what was going to happen because I knew it wasn't going to be two acoustic guitars. I thought, 'Well, here goes nothing.' One provision I said to everyone, 'Look, if we feel, if I feel this doesn't work out, we just won't tell anyone,” he said. “So I kind of went into thinking, 'No, it doesn't matter. I'll just kind of see what he does.”

The Beatle also paid tribute to the late Chuck Berry, who was a major influence on The Beatles. He told of a meeting between the two. “He came to one of our concerts when we were playing in St. Louis, which is his home town. And he came round backstage. It was great to meet him and just be able to tell him what a fan I was,” he said.

McCartney concluded the interview by talking about his upcoming tour plans in Japan. A representative for the artist would not comment when asked by Billboard if more tour dates would be announced soon.


Pharrell Williams' Life Story to Be Adapted for Fox Musical

The project, which will be helmed by Broadway director Michael Mayer, reunites the studio with Williams, who produced the hit 'Hidden Figures.'

Fox has won a hot pitch for a musical inspired by Pharrell Williams.

The project, called Atlantis, is a musical that is being described as a Romeo and Julietstyle story (with a music element) inspired by Williams’ childhood in Virginia Beach.

Producer Gil Netter and Williams took the pitch out to the studios a few weeks ago, engendering simmering interest as studios watched Lionsgate enjoy massive success with La La Land and coveted their own musical number. Fox finally nabbed it last week.



Michael Mayer, known for his Broadway work on Spring Awakening, for which he won a Tony Award, and American Idiot, is attached to direct. Martin Hynes, who is currently writing Toy Story 4, is attached to write Atlantis.

Williams and Mimi Valdes will produce via their I Am Other banner and Gil Netter is producing for Netter films.

Williams was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He's had a notable career as a singer-songwriter and music producer, and has won 10 Grammy Awards. He produced soul, hip-hop and R&B music with Chad Hugo under the name The Neptunes for many of the industry's top recording artists, and performed as the lead vocalist in the band N*E*R*D. He also released the solo albums In My Mind (2006) and Girl(2014).



Lately, however, the WME-repped Williams has been making in-roads into movies, and was a producer on Fox's acclaimed hit Hidden Figures, which was nominated for three Oscars including best picture. He also wrote songs for the film that starred Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae. Williams also produced Roxanne Roxanne, which recently debuted at Sundance, and has written music for a slew of films over the years, including the hit "Happy" from Despicable Me 2 for which he received an Oscar nomination. He's repped by WME.

Mayer’s film credits include directing the 2006 film Flicka and the upcoming film The Seagull starring Saoirse Ronan. He is repped by WME, which also repped the Atlantis package.


Wife Of 'American Pie' Singer Don Mclean Gets Protective Order

A Maine court has given the ex-wife of "American Pie" singer Don McLean an order of protection against him.

McLean pleaded guilty in July to domestic violence assault. His lawyer said at the time that his punishment would be a $3,000 fine if he stayed out of trouble for a year.

Court officials say the court granted a final order of protection on Wednesday that will last for two years. It was preceded by a temporary order.



Patrisha McLean says she is glad the order was granted. Don McLean's attorney did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

McLean is a Camden resident who was arrested in January 2016. He is best known for the song "American Pie," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972.


Kid Rock Primed For Summer BBQ Season With 'American Badass Grill'

100% American made, of course.

If the "God, Guns & Trump" shirt or "Make America Badass Again" red baseball hat wasn't for you, Kid Rock has a new brand extension that should get plenty of bi-partisan love. With summer just around the corner, the Bullgod is encouraging his fans to get in the pit and try to love some... ribs?

On Thursday morning (March 9) Rock announced the roll out of his "American Badass Grill," a "100% Made in the USA" charcoal grill that he describes as "tough enough to last season after season, compact enough to take on the road, yet large enough to get the job done right." In fact, Rock says it's the perfect grill for the back yard, bed of your truck or "wherever you want to grill with a little attitude."



The grill --- which can hold up to a dozen burgers, or three beer can chickens -- comes in a charcoal version for $99.95 (plus shipping and handling) and a gas version for $149.95 (plus S+H), both embossed with Rock's American Badass eagle logo. “I’m not gonna lie. It is more expensive to make things in America. But it’s important to me. I love America, and I want to do all I can to create manufacturing jobs at home,” Rock says in a statement announcing the grill.



Multimillion-Dollar Private Collection of Pink Floyd's Most Recognized Artwork Now on Sale

Pink Floyd’s 11th studio album The Wall brought the sinister, surreal art of English artist Gerald Scarfe to an international level of fame. Now, for the first time, 11 original paintings created and hand-selected by Scarfe will go on sale as one of the most valuable collections of rock and roll artwork in music history.



The Wall topped the Billboard 200 albums chart for 15 weeks after its 1979 release. For the sale, Scarfe selected iconic promotional images used for the album including The ScreamGiant Judge and Hammers and The Teacher



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