Paul McCartney Named U.K.’s First Billionaire Musician

Sir Paul McCartney has become Britain’s first billionaire musician, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

McCartney is ranked 165th on the London-based newspaper’s annual list of the 350 richest people in the United Kingdom.

The banking, media and entertainment conglomerate Hinduja Group’s head Gopi Hinduja and his family tops the list with a net worth of 37.2 billion pounds.

Apple Corps, the company set up to receive the Beatles’ earnings, pays out millions of pounds each year to the Fab Four’s members or heirs. McCartney received more than 4 million pounds from the company last year.

Music rights have soared in value over the past decade and McCartney has an extensive catalogue spread across the Beatles, Wings and as a solo artist. These rights form a significant chunk of his estimated wealth, along with his lucrative tours. Eighteen shows in Australia and South America late last year took in almost 70 million pounds at the box office.

The Sunday Times attributes 50 million pounds of the couple’s wealth to McCartney’s wife Nancy, 64.

Another British musician Sir Elton John is also among the names listed.

Source: RTT Music News

On this day in 1983 – David Bowie hits No.1

On this day in 1983 – David Bowie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Let’s Dance’, featuring blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. It was Bowie’s first single to reach number one on both sides of the Atlantic. The music video was made by David Mallet on location in Australia including a bar in Carinda in New South Wales, featured Bowie playing with his band while impassively watching an Aboriginal couple’s struggles against metaphors of Western cultural imperialism.

John Lennon’s ‘Mind Games’ To Be Reissued In Expanded ‘Ultimate Collection’ Editions

The John Lennon Estate and Universal Music have announced a reissue of John Lennon’s 1973 album Mind Games in expanded Ultimate Collection editions on July 12.

The Lennon Estate and Universal Music note that the upcoming six-CD and two Blu-ray collection deluxe box set offers “an immersive, deep listening experience and in-depth exploration of this classic, yet underappreciated record.”

The deluxe edition, which is authorized by Yoko Ono Lennon and produced by Sean Ono Lennon, is from the same audio team that worked on the critically acclaimed Imagine and John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band Ultimate Collections. This team includes triple Grammy-Award winning engineer Paul Hicks and mixers/engineers Sam Gannon and Rob Stevens.

Yoko Ono Lennon said, “John was trying to convey the message that we all play mind games. But if we can play mind games, why not make a positive future with it – to be a positive mind game? ‘Mind Games’ is such an incredibly strong song. At the time, people didn’t quite get the message because this was before its time. Now, people would understand it. I don’t think in those days people knew they were playing mind games anyway.”

In addition to the 12 tracks included on the original Mind Games album, the new set features different session takes and outtakes from the recording, which took place in New York City during the summer of 1973 with Lennon producing himself.

Source: RTT Music News

Born on this day in 1944 – Joe Cocker

Born on this day in 1944 – Joe Cocker, English singer and musician who had the 1968 UK No.1 single with his cover of The Beatles ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’, plus 8 other UK Top 40 singles. Scored the 1982 US No.1 single with Jennifer Warnes ‘Up Where We Belong’. In 2007 he was awarded a bronze Sheffield Legends plaque in his hometown and in 2008 he received an OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music. Cocker died of lung cancer on 22 December 2014 in Crawford, Colorado.


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Check out our visit about Maria with Nicole from Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter here:

Ringo Starr Reveals He’s Working On Country Album With T Bone Burnett

Beatles legend Ringo Starr has revealed that he is working on a country album along with T Bone Burnett.

“It’s a country one. I’m working on it with someone very special – T. Bone Burnett,” Starr told USA Today. “He’s doing stuff in Nashville and he comes to L.A. and it’s all working out. He came to me with nine songs. It won’t be out until October, at least.”

Meanwhile, Starr is set to embark on a tour with his All Starr Band, which kicks off on May 22 in Las Vegas.

“When I first started this, I was invited to put a band together and go on tour, and I said yes, and then I said: What do you mean, yes? You’re the drummer in other people’s bands!” he shares about how the tour got started in 1989. “But I opened my phone book and called everyone I knew and they all said yes. So I had to close my book.”

The lineup features long-time collaborator Steve Lukather, who’s been Starr’s longest-serving solo bandmate. Lukather has been featured on every All-Starr Band lineup date since 2012.

“I’ll never get rid of Luke. He has a lifelong ticket,” Starr says. “He’s my last best friend. You need time to make best friends. He’s an incredibly good musician and an incredible human being.”

Source: RTT Music News

On this day in 1987 – Fire destroys Tom Petty’s house

On this day in 1987 – A fire destroyed Tom Petty‘s house in Los Angeles, the cost was estimated at $800,000. Petty and his family escape unharmed, but are traumatized by the blaze, which is determined to be arson. The perpetrator is never caught. Petty is in the house with his wife, daughter and housekeeper around 10 a.m. when his daughter notices the flames.

Duran Duran To Reissue First Five Studio Albums

Duran Duran have announced the reissue of their first five studio albums – 1981’s Duran Duran, 1982’s Rio, 1983’s Seven and the Ragged Tiger, 1986’s Notorious, and 1988’s Big Thing.

Long out of print, this exciting reissue marks the first time this iconic collection will be available in the original 1LP and 1CD format, with remastered audio, since their initial release.

The albums will be available via Warner Music from July 5 and are available to pre-order now.

Both 1LP and 1CD formats will feature the latest album remasters, with vinyl editions cut at Abbey Road Studios. The album artworks have been closely restored to the original sleeve designs.

Duran Duran is still performing many of the songs from their 16 studio albums in packed arenas all over the world.

Duran Duran are listed as headline performer at the U.K.’s Latitude Festival on July 28.


Duran Duran

Side 1

Girls on Film
Planet Earth
Anyone Out There
To the Shore
Careless Memories

Side 2

Night Boat
Sound of Thunder
Friends of Mine
Tel Aviv


Side 1

My Own Way
Lonely in Your Nightmare
Hungry Like the Wolf
Hold Back the Rain

Side 2

New Religion
Last Chance on the Stairway
Save a Prayer
The Chauffeur

Seven and the Ragged Tiger

Side 1

The Reflex
New Moon on Monday
(I’m Looking For) Cracks in the Pavement
I Take the Dice
Of Crime and Passion

Side 2

Union of the Snake
Shadows on Your Side
Tiger Tiger
The Seventh Stranger


Side 1

American Science
Skin Trade
A Matter of Feeling
Hold Me

Side 2

Vertigo (Do the Demolition)
So Misled
Meet El Presidente
Winter Marches On

Big Thing

Side 1

Big Thing
I Don’t Want Your Love
All She Wants Is
Too Late Marlene
Drug (It’s Just a State of Mind)

Side 2

Do You Believe in Shame?
Interlude One
Flute Interlude
The Edge of America
Lake Shore Driving

Source: RTT Music News

Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ To Be Reissued On Vinyl For 40th Anniversary

Sony Music will commemorate the 40th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s classic album Born In The U.S.A. on June 14 with a special-edition release featuring new colored vinyl and expanded packaging.

Arriving via translucent red LP, this anniversary edition of Born In The U.S.A. will feature a gatefold sleeve and exclusive booklet with archival material from the era, new liner notes penned by Erik Flannigan and a four-color lithograph.

Originally released on June 4, 1984, Born In The U.S.A. had an unprecedented seven Top Ten singles on its tracklist, has sold approximately 25 million copies and captured the pop culture zeitgeist with once-in-a-generation impact.

Pre-order the 40th anniversary edition of Born In The U.S.A. at https://brucespringsteen.lnk.to/BITUSA40

Forty years after the Born In The U.S.A. tour kicked off in Summer 1984, Springsteen and The E Street Band started the European leg of their 2024 run earlier this month.

Source: RTT Music News


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