Paul McCartney has been getting ready for the big London Olympics opening ceremony performance of the Beatles classic ‘Hey Jude’ this week, be he is also already starting to think about recording more new music, with a new producer possibly picked out.
2008 Grammy Award winner for Producer of the Year Mark Ronson looks to be the next to record with Paul, according to a recent report by the Sunday Mirror. Ronson is best know for his work on records from Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen, and he also recently worked with Duran Duran. A source stated, “This week they went to the studio and started knocking about together to see what they can do together. Everybody’s really excited about the prospect of Mark working with Paul.”
Ronson reportedly became friends with McCartney and even DJed the singer’s wedding to Nancy Shevell last year. The source added, “Paul respects Mark’s knowledge and is wanting to produce a classic album with a young hip edge. And obviously Mark is over the moon to be working with a Beatle.”
It’s not known as of yet if Ronson is joining McCartney for a full record or if he’s part of McCartney’s recent work with video game studio Bungie.
A floating hotel, based on the song and film, ‘Yellow Submarine,’ opened last weekend on Albert Dock in the band’s hometown of Liverpool. The hotel is on an 80-foot submarine, or ‘narrowboat,’ and can accommodate up to eight people.
The hotel includes three bedrooms and a lounge with the going rate set at £149 – £350 a night, the equivalent of between $230 and $550. The lounge area is done up in the style of the film with very retro Peter Max type decor. The sub once belonged to Paramount Studios, and, for some reason, also contains a scooter used in the Who film ‘Quadrophenia.’ It does have some modern eminities as all guest rooms on board have 3D televisions, WiFi and computers.
A rare edition of the first Beatles album to be released in the United States sold for slightly under $15K recently on eBay. The winning bid by a private collector was an amazing $14,999 for an “Ad-Back” copy of ‘Introducing…the Beatles.’
What makes the album unique is the back cover of the jacket, which featured a full-page advertisement that Vee-Jay records used after realizing they had 6,000 front album covers, but no back cover. The ad has 25 records from the label.
The album was intended to be released in July 1963, but came just 10 days before the Beatles next album ‘Meet the Beatles’ was available to fans in America in January 1964. ‘Introducing … the Beatles’ contains well known songs like ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘P.S. I Love You.’
The album is similar to the first album the Beatles released in England.