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Macca Defends Miley Over Twerk Dance Moves - Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sir Paul McCartney has told Sky News there was nothing wrong with Miley Cyrus' bump and grind moves at the MTV awards, saying: "Come on, we've seen worse than that!" The former Beatle told Sky presenter Charlotte Hawkins he was also happy for his 10-year-old daughter to watch the singer's twerking dance moves she has become synonymous with.

He said: "I watched it as an experiment to check, but you look at it and you say 'what's everyone shouting about?'. "I think it was only mildly shocking ... it wasn't explicit at all." Sir Paul is promoting his latest album, New, which is his 16th solo album. He said: "It's not difficult to come up with something new, but to come up with something new which is good is difficult because you're stacking them against the stuff you've done - but you've got to just forget that. "I love writing songs so I just have to say 'don't even try to better the old ones, just get on with it'.

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Elton John has discussed his former drug use, revealed how he once hid from legendary artist Andy Warhol during a cocaine binge with Beatles icon, John Lennon. The 'Rocket Man' star has spoken openly during his career about his former addiction problems, but has now revealed how Lennon's paranoia led the duo to ignore Warhol when he turned up at a hotel room in which the two were partying.

"I can remember being stoned out of our mind on coke at the Sherry-Netherland hotel, and at two in the morning, there would be a knock on the door," says Elton John in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. "It took me five minutes to get to get the door because I was so paranoid, but it was Andy fucking Warhol. "I said, 'It's Andy Warhol,' and he (Lennon) said, 'Don't f**king let him in! He'll have a camera and everything!' So we just waited for him to leave.

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71-year-old Paul McCartney comes off effortlessly contemporary as well as hummably Beatle-esque when it suits him in this well-crafted new album. Great, just what the world needs: more enthusiasm for something Beatles-related.

It's a little tiresome, after all, this relentless fawning. Seems like every fiscal quarter something else pops up: an anniversary, reissue, Cirque du Soleil production, documentary, or surprising new solo album. Can't we give it a rest and focus on, say, the Kinks, James Brown or Pulp for a while? Not while a Beatle's still making records as consistent and well-crafted as "New." With peaks as high as any music he's done this century and nary a valley as low as "Silly Love Songs," "Let 'Em In," "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" or his oft-treacly last record of standards, "Kisses on the Bottom," Paul McCartney's latest studio album is pretty damned good — damn it.

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On Oct. 11, 1971, John Lennon released "Imagine," which would go on to become one of the most performed songs of the 20th century. The single rose to the top of the Billboard 100 in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and has continued to earn accolades since.

Forty-two years later, there are no shortage of amazing covers of Lennon's classic. Everyone from David Bowie to Magdalen Fossum, an inspiring 12-year-old, has found meaning in the words that Lennon wrote so many years ago. To commemorate him and the song's powerful message, here are 10 incredible covers of "Imagine."

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Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that when he started dating the woman who is now his wife, he was too timid to say those three little words.The legendary former Beatle admitted he was a little shy when he first started seeing Nancy Shevell in 2007 and only plucked up the courage to tell her how he felt in a song. 

He told The Sun: "It can be quite hard to say 'I love you' to someone. I felt this with Nancy but to say it wasn't that easy." The resulting track is included as a hidden song on Paul's latest album, New, and features the lines: "I'm scared to say I love you / Afraid to let you know / That the simplest of words / Won't come out of my mouth / Though I'm dying to let them go / Trying to let you know." McCartney, 71, eventually married Ms Shevell, a US businesswoman, in London in 2011, and also wrote the song My Valentine about her.\

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October 10, 2013 (New York, NY) – Theatre Within, the grassroots non-profit behind the annual celebration of John Lennon in NYC, today announced the line-up for the 33rd Annual John Lennon Tribute on Friday, December 6 at 8pm at Symphony Space in New York City,

Performers confirmed for this always exciting event include Steve Earle, Raul Malo (lead singer of the Mavericks), Marc Cohn, Teddy Thompson, Dana Fuchs ("Sexy Sadie" in the hit film, Across The Universe), returning fan favorites Joan Osborne, R&B great Bettye LaVette, Toshi Reagon and Rich Pagano (of the Fab Faux). Lennon Tribute creator and MAD Magazine Senior Editor Joe Raiola will be appearing for his 33rd consecutive year. Plus, The Buffers, an a cappella group from Hamilton College, NY has planned a special all vocal medley honoring the music legend. “It’s beautiful that Theatre Within continues to honor John’s memory and have such a powerful and positive impact with its annual Tribute to him,” said Yoko Ono. The Tribute, produced in association with Music Without Borders, details

Stockton’s Globe Theatre is to receive a grant of nearly £4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help re-open the venue. The grade-II listed art deco theatre in Stockton-on-Tees will be redeveloped using £3,992,000 to create a 2,500-capacity live music and comedy venue.

It opened in 1935 and played host to bands such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Buddy Holly from the 1950s to 1970s before closing in 1997. The Globe Stockton Foundation will oversee the restoration project, working in partnership with Stockton Council and the building’s owner, developer Jomast Leisure and Property. It is estimated that the works will cost around £8 million in total. Jomast has agreed to pay £2 million and Stockton Council will provide £1.15 million.

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Sir Paul McCartney has accused The Rolling Stones for copying The Beatles during their ascent to success in the sixties. The unstoppable star has been quoted as saying that The Beatles' former rivals copied their career trajectory and even their dress sense during their heyday. "That is the truth. Look at the history:

The Beatles go to America, a year later they come too," says MacCartney, as reported by Contactmusic. "We wrote their first single (sic), I Wanna Be Your Man. We go psychedelic, they go psychedelic. We dress as wizards, they dress as wizards..." The former Beatle, his band and crew performed a surprise gig in New York's Times Square this week (10 October, 2013) arriving in a convoy of NY yellow cabs before performing tracks from his upcoming album, 'New'.

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Quarrymen records 'most costly' - Friday, October 11, 2013

Punk idols The Sex Pistols are more costly for vinyl buff devotees than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, according to new research. Experts at Record Collector magazine have calculated the cost of amassing a set of the rarest items for music fans.

And the God Save The Queen and Pretty Vacant hitmakers have proved to be one of the most costly combos in the music world with the average cost per record among their hard-to-find releases put at £698. Unsurprisingly the list is topped by Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon's early group the Quarrymen whose limited edition money-can't-buy releases are always at the top of any list of the most costly releases - the priciest being an acetate copy of That'll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Danger which is estimated at £200,000.

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Yoko Ono given top Iceland honor - Friday, October 11, 2013

JOHN LENNON's widow YOKO ONO has been made an honorary citizen of Reykjavik, Iceland in recognition of her tireless efforts for world peace. The artist/singer was presented with the award by the region's Mayor Jon Gnarr at a special ceremony in the city on what would have been Lennon's 73rd birthday on Wednesday (09Oct13).

After receiving the award, Ono said, "Thank you for making me an honorary citizen of Reykjavik. It is indeed a great honor. It gives me an immense encouragement to continue doing good work."John and I believed in 'Nutopia', which would make all of us citizens of the world. But inside the world, there is a land of our hearts that is shining with warmth, truth and beauty called Iceland. Each time I visit the land, I am reminded of what is essential and therefore most important in life. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being you." Ono made Reykjavik the center of her world peace campaign after launching the Imagine Peace Tower memorial in the city in 2007.

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