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#FanArtFriday - Monday, September 29, 2014

For the past year we have been regramming our favourite fan images at the 'NEW' Instagram account. We've been so impressed by all of the talent and creativity #OutThere that we've decided to create a brand new feature called #FanArtFriday. We will be posting a piece of fan art under the hashtag #FanArtFriday every Friday on Paul's social pages. We're asking you to post your pictures to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #whatsnewpaul.

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Watch Norah Jones Deliver Tasteful George Harrison Cover on 'Conan' - Sunday, September 28, 2014

Norah Jones closed out Conan's George Harrison Week on Thursday night, and the results were as soulful as expected. The jazz-pop singer – whose father, sitar master Ravi Shankar, was one of Harrison's mentors and collaborators – delivered a silky version of "Behind That Locked Door," a country-tinged track from the guitar icon's 1970 solo triple-LP, All Things Must Pass. That classic album was featured heavily during the week-long tribute. On Wednesday's episode, Dhani Harrison honored his father by playing a brass-driven rendition of "Let It Down" and a hard-rocking take on "Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)," joined by Los Angeles band Big Black Delta on the latter tune; Beck took a jovial stab at "Wah-Wah" on Monday's kick-off. On Tuesday, Paul  Simon acknowledged Harrison's work with the Beatles, performing a stripped-down "Here Comes the Sun." He also reflected on his many visits to the guitarist's mansion-estate Friar Park, where they often hung out and strummed ukeleles. While the Conan celebration has concluded, Harrison's music will be recognized on an even bigger stage at George Fest, an all-star concert scheduled for September 28th at L.A.'s Fonda Theatre.

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Paul McCartney to record Christmas charity single with Jennifer Hudson - Sunday, September 28, 2014

The track will be released in support of Samuel L. Jackson's cancer charity One For The Boys. Other celebrities featured include Game Of Thrones actress Maisie Williams and model Daisy Lowe, while Jackson will also provide vocals. The recording session at Abbey Road Studios was reportedly hosted by BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw earlier this week. 'Say Something' will challenge The X Factor 2014 champion for Christmas number one. McCartney will soon release a special Collector's Edition of his album New, featuring two previously unreleased songs, live recordings from his concert at the Tokyo Dome, and a documentary about the making of the album. 

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40 YEARS AGO: JOHN LENNON GETS LOST AMONG THE ‘WALLS AND BRIDGES’ - Saturday, September 27, 2014

Like most of John Lennon‘s solo albums, his fifth, ‘Walls and Bridges,’ came with its fair share of bumps along the way. And like much of Lennon’s work starting around the time the Beatles were working on the “White Album,” many of those bumps were spurred by Yoko Ono. While recording his fourth solo record, ‘Mind Games,’ in 1973, Lennon and Ono split up. His year-and-a-half separation from her became known as Lennon’s Lost Weekend, a fabled period that lasted way longer than a weekend, and included such figures as Ono’s personal assistant (with whom Lennon shacked up), Harry Nilsson and Phil Spector. Lennon was about a year into his break from Ono — and about a month removed from wrapping work on Nilsson’s ‘Pussy Cats’ album — when he began recording ‘Walls and Bridges’ in New York in July 1974. About nine months earlier, Lennon had holed up with legendary producer Spector (who had also assembled the Beatles’ final album, ‘Let It Be,’ from hours of unedited tapes, much to the disappointment of the group’s fans) in hopes of making a record of rock ‘n’ roll oldies.

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The Beatles used Grimsby man's Yellow Submarine to promote 1960s film - Saturday, September 27, 2014

DIVING enthusiast Arthur Johnson beat The Beatles to the idea of a "Yellow Submarine". The sub, made in Arthur's garden in Lister Street, Grimsby, for £50, appeared at the world premier of The Beatles movie at The London Pavilion, London, in July, 1968. Today Arthur, his wife Paula and family have been invited to Penny Lane in Liverpool to unveil a plaque to honour his iconic submarine. It was called "Resurgam" which was the motto for Arthur's old school in Harold Street,Grimsby.  It means "I will rise again". Arthur was an avid sub aqua enthusiast and worked as a welder on rigs in the North Sea. After reading Patrick Coustau's novel "Silent World" as a youngster he always dreamed of making his own submarine. He also built a one-man sub for Colonel Gaddafi. The yellow submarine took two years to make in the garden of the family's home in Lister Street.

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John Lennon Film Is Spain's Oscar Pick - Friday, September 26, 2014

Spain's film academy has selected the movie Vivir es Facil con los Ojos Cerrados [Living Is Easy (With Eyes Closed)] about a Spanish man's quest to meet John Lennon as its entry for best foreign language film at next year's Oscars. Director David Trueba's film, chosen Thursday, tells the true story of an English-language teacher from Spain who traveled to the southern province of Almeria in 1966 to try to meet the late Beatles star, who was staying there. Watch the trailer: The movie takes its name from the lyrics of the Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever," which Lennon began writing in Almeria.

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Dhani Harrison felt 'responsibility' to release dad George's music - Friday, September 26, 2014

George Harrison's widow Olivia Harrison has revealed their son Dhani felt a "tremendous responsibility" to release the career retrospective his father was working on at the time of his death. George Harrison's son felt a "tremendous responsibility" to release his late father's work. The Beatles legend was working on a career retrospective when he passed away in 2001, so 36-year-old Dhani Harrison took over the project and felt the pressure to get as much of his dad's music heard as possible. George's widow, Olivia Harrison, said: "He wanted his music out. George was just embarking on that retrospective of his musical life - he never called it a career, he said that was the wrong word for him - but time ran out and he died.

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Section of 'Ed Sullivan Show' set signed by The Beatles to be sold - Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rolling Stone reports that the backdrop – also signed by the Fab Four – will be on sale at The Fest for Beatles Fans, which takes place in Los Angeles from October 10 to 12. It is expected to go for $550,000 (approximately £337,000). The seller is Wayne Johnson, owner of Rockaway Records. Among the other items up for purchase includes a copy of the band's 11th US release 'Yesterday and Today' featuring the rare 'Butcher' cover, which is priced at $4,500 (approximately £2,750), and the band's first US contract with Vee Jay Records, on sale for $100,000 (approximately £62,000). The Fest for Beatles Fans was started in 1974 to mark the 10th anniversary of the band's first visit to the US. In its history, the event has accepted donated musical instruments from all four Beatles, which have been auctioned for charity.

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George Harrison 'Had This Way Of Looking At You,' Remembers His Wife Olivia, On Release Of 'The Apple Years' Music - Thursday, September 25, 2014

It’s pretty bizarre. Every time I come across someone who worked at Abbey Road in the 1960s or in the film industry in the 1980s, or journalists who’ve trod this beat longer than I, I often ask for the name of the person who’s impressed them the most. These are people from all walks of life, but one person always gets mentioned. It’s uncanny. It’s George Harrison. Olivia Harrison, George’s widow who has been working with their son Dhani to release the former Beatle’s first six solo albums, all lovingly remastered and presented as 'The Apple Years' boxset, chuckles when I tell her this, and tries to shed some light on the phenomenon. “He had this way of looking at you that made you feel you were without limitations,” she tries to explain. “It just went straight to your heart.

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Conan Kicks Off George Harrison Week - Thursday, September 25, 2014

Monday marked the start of George Harrison week on Conan. Popular music artists will be stopping in to perform their versions of songs from the former Beatle. Today, we have Beck covering the Harrison song “Wah-Wah,” a track from the 1970 album All Things Must Pass. Watch the video above. George’s original version is full of multi-layered sound effects and horns that travel over a clever bassline and rolling drums. Beck chooses to perform a shortened version without the heavy atmospheric sounds, but nevertheless manages to keep the song’s dynamic punch. “Wah-Wah” isn’t the easiest song for a musician to cover, but Beck does a brilliant job.

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