In an interview with Paul McCartney on Oct. 17, New Musical Express said he's doing the record signing on that day at HMV in London to support indie record stores.
He said, "I love record stores and wish they could stay open forever. There's a romance to them and it's a pity whenever any record store closes, though I realize it's inevitable in the download age."
He also criticicized those who would get the albums signed just to put them on eBay. "Signing sessions are nice, as they're for real fans. Normally when I get asked to sign stuff these days, it's for what my team call 'bounty hunters' – middle-aged guys who all carry vinyl covers of 'Abbey Road' and 'Sgt Pepper'. I'll say to them, 'Oh, you play the vinyl all the time, do you?', because I know they're just going to put them straight on eBay. Meeting people who actually like what I do is much nicer."
Another NME article reported McCartney's “NEW” album would debut behind John Newman's first album, “Tribute,” on the Official British Album Charts when the charts are announced Saturday on the BBC. Billboard has reported “NEW” is battling Pearl Jam on the U.S. charts.
CRITICS' CHOICE: On Oct. 16, The Hollywood Reporter surveyed critics' reviews of Paul McCartney's “NEW” from outlets including the Washington Post, USA Today and Entertainment Weekly and found them pretty positive. Entertainment Weekly said “it also celebrates the idea that pop music can still invigorate, inspire, and surprise -- even if you had a hand in inventing it. The Los Angeles Times said it is "tinged with nostalgia" that "sounds contemporary but not desperately so.”
LIVE AT COVENT GARDEN: Paul McCartney did a similar surprise gig at Covent Garden today. You can watch it here.
LIVE AT THE BEEB: With this article is a picture taken at the BBC session this week by Beatlefan's Simon Rogers. Thanks to him and Bill King for it.
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