Paul McCartney may be 72-years-old, but he still has clout in the music industry. He plays as a special guest on “FourFiveSeconds” with Rihanna and Kanye West, which is currently at No. 6 on the iTunes chart. Further down, he is at No. 89 singing “Only One” with Kanye West.
Recently, the New York Daily News quoted the BBC’s Radio 1 in denying reports it was boycotting Madonna due to her age and used Paul McCartney as an example to prove accusers wrong.
“The tracks played on Radio 1 are chosen on musical merit and their relevance to our young audience on a case-by-case basis. In fact, Paul McCartney currently has two tracks – ‘FourFiveSeconds’ and ‘Only One’ – on the Radio 1 playlist.”
Paul McCartney recently performed “FourFiveSeconds” with Rihanna and Kanye West at the Grammys. Rolling Stone gave McCarthy and his friends a great review.
“The powerhouse ensemble of Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney dazzled with their pop collaboration ‘FourFiveSeconds’ in a relatively stripped-back performance at the Grammys. The former Beatle passionately strummed the tune’s propulsive riff, as the singer and rapper sang their verses, joining in on the choruses.”
Hollywood Life reports on how Paul McCartney was allegedly responsible for Kanye West’s recent dinner date with Taylor Swift.
“Paul McCartney was the main reason for Kanye and Taylor to get together. After Taylor and Paul performed at the SNL 40th anniversary after party, she talked to him about Kanye and how Kanye wanted to work with her but she felt apprehensive. However, Paul put her mind at ease.”
Paul McCartney has been making hits for five decades. However, according to Billboard, McCartney was absent from the top 40 for 25 years before “Only One” recently hit the top 40.
“The ballad bows at No. 35, bringing McCartney back to the top 40 after a 25-year break. Counting his hits with the Beatles, he extends his top 40 span to more than 50 years. The unlikely pairing (on which McCartney receives billing for playing keyboards, not providing vocals) roars in as the Billboard Hot 100’s top debut at No. 35.”
Some have accused Paul McCartney of using much younger stars to remain relevant, but it’s obvious the former Beatle understands the business. He will introduce Kanye West and Rihanna fans to his music and that will help him fill more stadium dates. In the past, McCartney has worked with other stars such as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, though he was closer in age to the two when they scored hits. What is your favorite Paul McCartney song? Tell us in the comments section.
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