In the 2010s Paul was seldom off the road, with a series of world tours, surprise shows and special live events - including the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. When his feet were on the ground and in the studio, however, Paul created some of his biggest hits so far: the US #1 album Egypt Station, and the smash hit single with Kanye West and Rihanna 'FourFiveSeconds', which remains one of his most popular songs on streaming platforms. Paul’s status as an internet sensation was confirmed in 2018 with his episode of Carpool Karaoke, which became the most-viewed YouTube video of the year.
Created for the 2009 film Everybody's Fine, '(I Want to) Come Home' was written by Paul after connecting with the protagonist, portrayed by Robert De Niro in an early screening.
The ironically-titled Up and Coming Tour began on March 28th 2010 in Arizona and went on to the UK, Canada and South America, ending at Las Vegas in 2011.
In 2010 Paul recieved the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from President Obama. Paul is the third ever winner of the Gershwin prize, the most prestigious American award for popular music. After collecting the award Paul performed at a star-studded concert inside the White House, playing songs such as 'Eleanor Rigby', 'Let it Be' and in tribute to the US First Lady, 'Michelle'.
On Thursday 1st July 2010, Paul played an exclusive show in aid of the Old Vic Theatre Trust and to lend his support to the Meat Free Monday campaign as part of the Old Vic's Summer Party. Taking place in The Boiler House at Battersea Power Station, the event was an invite-only affair, and featured a rousing rendition of ‘Hey Jude’ with actor (and Old Vic artistic director) Kevin Spacey joining in on backing vocals
Band on the Run marks the first release from the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, an ongoing project that remasters and reissues Paul and Wings catalogue. Personally supervised by Paul, these editions feature deluxe packaging, exclusive video and bonus rare tracks taken from the archive. Band on the Run (Archive Collection) included the 9-track standard edition plus nine bonus audio tracks (including the top 10 smash “Helen Wheels”). The Band On The Run (Archive Collection) went on to win Best Historical Album Grammy in 2012.
Paul headed to New York to perform on the legendary ‘Saturday Night Live’, helping to make the episode the highest rating since the season began with 7.6 million viewers overall.
Paul's performance in Harlem at the world famous Apollo Theatre was an invite-only concert for SIRIUS XM listeners to celebrate reaching 20 Million subscribers. Paul performed songs from his unrivalled back catalogue, including many Beatles, Wings and solo classics, for SIRIUS XM subscribers. SIRIUS XM broadcast the concert live nationwide as well as offering a few lucky subscribers the opportunity to attend the unprecedented event.
Paul and his band play a lunchtime show at the historic 100 Club venue, in what will be Paul’s smallest show since his headline-grabbing gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool back in 1999. This show was a once in a lifetime opportunity for fans to watch Paul up close and extremely personal.
It felt fantastic you, know because we‚ are going back to the roots, reminded me of the cavern and beyond, and it was really nice. It‚ a great little venue and you know so we were happy to be part of the campaign to save it as a venue cos it's too good to lose, it's a great little central London venue.
Following a year of massive international-headline-grabbing sellout stadium shows, Paul announced he would bring 2010 to a close with two very special intimate and personal homecoming shows. Paul and his band played two spectacular nights of celebrating and rock n’ roll in London and Liverpool.
I always love playing to a home audience and for me it’s the perfect way to end the year. We’ve had great fun with the stadium shows this year and we’re looking forward to the more intimate vibe of these ones. Christmas is the perfect excuse for everyone to let their hair down and rock out. We are looking forward to celebrating with the good people of London and Liverpool.
Paul won the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance award during the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, for his performance of 'Helter Skelter', from the live album Good Evening New York City.
Paul’s Seminal Solo Album McCartney was the next album released in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection alongside it’s counterpart McCartney II. The McCartney (Archive Collection) features the original remastered album plus seven bonus audio tracks including the previously unreleased outtakes ‘Suicide’ and ‘Don’t Cry Baby’ plus a rare live 1979 recording of ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’.
Released simultaneously with it’s namesake McCartney, McCartney II (Archive Collection) featured the original remastered album plus eight bonus tracks including B-Sides and alternative versions. The bonus audio CD includes the #1 hit ‘Coming Up (Live At Glasgow, 1979)’ and holiday perennial ‘Wonderful Christmastime.’
On the Run began on 15 July 2011, with McCartney’s first two concerts at Yankee Stadium in New York City before travelling across North America then onto the U.A.E at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which was Paul’s first time playing there. On The Run then rock n’ rolled into Europe and Russia before the end of the year. The tour continued into 2012 with second leg in Europe and North America plus dates across Latin America.
Marking his first work in the world of dance, Paul announced the general release of Ocean’s Kingdom, commissioned by the New York City Ballet and performed by The London Classical Orchestra. Keen to tell a story through his music, Paul decided to focus on the purity of the ocean, creating a world featuring distinctive characters and a vibrant underworld kingdom. His collaborator Peter Martins created the choreography with the NYCB dancers. Ocean’s Kingdom duly topped the classical charts and reached the Number 1 spot in the US and Number 2 in the UK.
The Love We Make followed Paul as he journeyed through the streets of New York City in the aftermath of the destruction of the World Trade Centre on 11th September 2001. It also chronicled the planning and performance of the benefit concert that took place less than six weeks after the attacks: The Concert For New York City.
Recorded at Avatar Studios, ‘My Valentine’ was one of two originals to appear on Kisses on the Bottom, an album otherwise comprised of standards Paul grew up hearing courtesy of his dad, Jim.
When I kind of got into songwriting, I realised how well structured these songs were and I think I took a lot of my lessons from them.I always thought artists like Fred Astaire were very cool. Writers like Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, all of those guys – I just thought the songs were magical. And then, as I got to be a songwriter I thought it’s beautiful, the way they made those songs.
Paul's star is lined up alongside his fellow Beatles, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon in front of the iconic Capitol Records building, Hollywood.
The annual gala event in Los Angeles, founded in 1991, is always held in the week leading up to the GRAMMY Awards and honours an individual for a combination of musical achievement and dedication to philanthropy. The 2012 event followed the now well established tradition of some performances by Paul and some by a host of celebrity guests of many of the quintessential songs from across his career.
Paul celebrated the release of Kisses on the Bottom with Live From Capitol Studios, a very special and intimate concert performed at the legendary studios in February, which was the first and only time that multiple tracks from Kisses On The Bottom have been performed live. This magical once–in–a–lifetime performance includes nine tracks from the concert, captured on this exclusive iTunes release.
Following the successful of the Grammy win for Best Historical Album earlier in the year for Band on the Run (Archive Collection); Paul and Linda McCartney’s beloved album RAM received the Archive Collection treatment. As with the previous releases in the series, Paul had personally overseen every aspect of the project including unreleased tracks, archive footage, memorabilia and special packaging.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is an album from a long, long time ago, when the world was different. This is an album that is part of my history – it goes back to the wee hills of Scotland where it was formed. It’s an album called RAM. It reminds me of my hippie days and the free attitude with which was created. I hope you’re going to like it, because I do!
On Monday 4th June at Buckingham Palace Paul joined a royal line up of musical stars from the worlds of rock and pop, along with the best of classical music and musical theatre. This historic concert, a celebration of The Queen’s 60-year reign through music, was attended by Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and other Members of the Royal Family.
Over 27 million people tuned in on Friday night to watch the incredible Olympics opening ceremony in the UK alone, with Paul providing a thrilling and fitting finale. The universally acclaimed event pulled in the highest viewing figures in the UK in almost 15 years. After midnight Paul took to the stage to perform ‘The End’ and a euphoric ‘Hey Jude’ that had all the stadium on their feet and singing along.
Thanks for the great response guys. Tonight was terrific, great, really cool. There was some talk of maybe being to playback but we decided against it and went live, live, live! It was a trip and very exciting. It was a great opening ceremony.
Reliving the magic of one of Paul’s most intimate concerts ever, Live Kisses featured standards from his Kisses On The Bottom album, plus ‘My Valentine’, performed at the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood.
'The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)', was released as a 7" single titled Christmas Kisses (backed with the previously released recording of 'Wonderful Christmastime'), on both red and green vinyl.
Paul was one of several artists who performed at the ‘12-12-12' benefit concert at Madison Square Garden on 12th December 2012. The concert featured performances from Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Roger Waters, Kanye West and The Who. All proceeds from the benefit went to the Robin Hood Foundation who distributed the funds to those in need after the devastating November storm Hurricane Sandy.
Paul McCartney performed ‘My Valentine’, ‘Cut Me Some Slack’, and ‘Wonderful Christmastime’.
Paul’s Out There Tour started in Brazil in 2013 and continued until October 2015. With over 90 shows across eighteen countries including; South Korea, Japan Poland, Austria and Canada to name a few - Out There saw Paul and his band visiting some places they’ve never been before.
The historic live album which documented the band’s triumphant 1976 tour across North America has received the Paul McCartney Archive Collection treatment and went on to win Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package” at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards.. The initial audio taped at several of the US shows (but mixed as if it were a single performance and including studio overdubs recorded prior to its release)remastered at Abbey Road, bonus audio disc recorded live at San Francisco’s Cow Palace and footage of rarely seen 75-minute television special Wings over the World.
In 1976 Wings undertook an epic world tour that brought their music to a live audience of two million people in ten countries, an experience captured on the Wings over America triple album. The climax of that tour was the incredible performance at the mammoth Kingdome in Seattle, Washington, where a staggering 67,000 fans listened to Wings perform some of their greatest songs. In 2013 - for the first time - the complete full length concert was made available; fully restored from the original 35mm film along with remastered sound, including a 5.1 mix for the first time.
'New' is the title track of Paul's sixteenth studio album. The song was written by Paul and produced by Mark Ronson, and upon its release became BBC Radio 2's Record of the Week.
Paul performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in MGM Grand Las Vegas. The two-day music event hosted by Ryan Seacrest featured an all star line-up including Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry,Queen, Elton John, and many more. Paul debuted two new songs off NEW at the iHeartRadio Music Festival; ‘Save Us’ produced by Paul Epworth and ‘Everybody Out There’ produced by Giles Martin.
Paul took over Hollywood Boulevard for a 15-song set that followed his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Starting off on the roof of the El Capitan Theatre for TV before heading downstairs to delight a crowd of 10,000 with Beatles selections and three songs from NEW. The concert was live-streamed through MySpace now for fans across the globe to watch along.
Paul visited Late Night With Jimmy Fallon where he performed a pair of songs from his upcoming album NEW and a Beatles classic, claimed to have invented the selfie and, in a taped bit, accidentally switched accents with Fallon. Paul’s full 10 song set was released online later in the month.
On the eve of Paul's album NEW being released, Paul performed to students and teachers at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens. Paul performed 13 songs interspersing his set with a friendly Q&A with students from the school. Paul dedicated the title track from his NEW album to wife Nancy, Paul informed the enthusiastic audience the day was also their second wedding anniversary.
There was no particular plan for Paul’s sixteenth studio album: just a batch of songs that needed to be put down, and the idea of doing it with a young producer, with someone who could bring something different. There was Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson, Giles Martin and Ethan John. The idea for NEW became that it would be a multi-producer Paul McCartney album: with four distinct styles, four different sets of ideas, coming together into one.
It’s funny, when I play people the album they’re surprised it’s me. A lot of the tracks are quite varied and not necessarily in a style you’d recognise as mine. I didn’t want it to all sound the same. I really enjoyed making this album. It’s always great to get a chance to get into the studio with a bunch of new songs and I was lucky to work with some very cool producers. We had a lot of fun.
Always a fan of impromptu events, Paul took to Times Square to do a free unannounced gig in New York City. Arriving shortly after 1pm Paul performed four tracks from the NEW album with his band in the back of a truck parked on 46th and Broadway. Fans crowded around the makeshift stage to get an up-close view of Paul who commented during the event, “We only get fifteen minutes up here. Andy Warhol predicted that I would get 15 minutes of fame. This is it!” He also took time to thank the NYPD for allowing him to perform in such a busy and iconic part of the city. Fans outside of New York were able to tune in to the event via a webcam situated in Times Square.
Paul continued his string of impromptu gigs with a set in Covent Garden during the lunchtime rush crowd of more than 2,000 fans. Following an announcement on Twitter an hour before Paul sang four songs from his latest album, NEW, from a truck parked on the piazza. It follows a similar stunt in New York last week.
Released as the second single from Paul's album NEW, 'Queenie Eye' was inspired by a children's game Paul would play when he was young called "Queenie, Queenie, who's got the ball?". A version of this chant from the game appears in the song.
Paul receives four different GRAMMY Awards (two for his Live Kisses album, one for his collaboration with ex-Nirvana members on 'Cut Me Some Slack' and one with The Beatles). Paul later on reunited with Ringo Starr on stage for a performance titled “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles". Celebrating the Beatles’ 50th anniversary of their first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Paul was the final concert before its demolition - It was at the same venue that the Beatles played their final concert in 1966.
Written by Paul for the video game Destiny, 'Hope For The Future' is a non-album track produced by Giles Martin.
Something new from Paul McCartney’s international hit album NEW came to record shops across the globe as a special 2CD & DVD Collector’s Edition was released. Featuring bonus content including behind the scenes footage, music videos, live recordings, album documentary and previously unreleased tracks
In 2014 Venus and Mars and Wings' At The Speed of Sound were re-issued as part of the fifth set of releases in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection. Venus and Mars features the original 13-track #1 album remastered at Abbey Road Studios in London; plus 14 bonus tracks including the hit single ‘Junior’s Farm’ and rare and previously unreleased songs.
Released alongside Venus and Mars, the Wings' At The Speed of Sound (Archive Collection) was part of the fifth set of releases in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection. Featuring the original 11-track album remastered at Abbey Road, the Archive Collection also included 7 bonus tracks including 'Silly Love Songs' and 'Let Em' In'.
Paul started 2015 with 'Only One', followed by smash hit 'FourFiveSeconds' with Rihanna and finally 'All Day'.
For any of you guys who were wondering what I was doing with Kanye… Here it is: ‘Only One’ Happy rocking new year!
Paul, Rihanna and Kanye deliver the world debut performance of their newly released single ‘FourFiveSeconds’ on the 57th Annual GRAMMY Award stage.
“Tonight it’s all about love.” Paul took to the intimate stage at Irving Plaza in New York City for a surprise Valentine’s Day show. With only a few hundred tickets available, the gig was the hottest ticket in town on Saturday night and was attended by notable celebrities including Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bradley Cooper, Eddie Murphy, Steve Buscemi, Chris Rock, David Blaine, Emma Stone - to name just a handful! Paul took to the stage around 11pm and played a searing 2 hour club set including dropping rose petals during ‘My Valentine’, dedicated to his wife Nancy.
In the summer of 2015 Paul headlined several festivals including Chicago's iconic Lollapolloza.
Released simultaneously with Pipes of Peace ; the Tug Of War (Archive Collection) comprises of the 2015 remix of the entire album, plus bonus audio featuring eight previously unreleased demos of both album tracks and outtakes ‘Stop, You Don’t Know Where She Came From‘ and ‘Something That Didn’t Happen,‘ as well as demo and solo versions of ‘Ebony and Ivory‘ and more.
The Pipes of Peace (Archive Collection) is made up of the original album plus a 9-track bonus disc with such exclusive gems as a 2015 remix of ‘Say Say Say’ by Spike Stent, unearthed demos of three album tracks and outtakes ‘It’s Not On‘ and ‘Simple As That,’ the previously unreleased ‘Christian Bop‘ and more.
Paul composes first ever audio Mojis in partnership with Skype for Valentine's Day. The range of animated love themed Mojis for Valentine’s Day featured exclusive new McCartney music coupled with Skype’s animated designs.
Paul’s One On One tour began in April 2016 and over 77 shows to over 2 million people across the United States, Canada, Argentina, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. The tour ended in December 2017 with Paul’s first shows in Australia and New Zealand in over 20 years.
When I do the show, I feel like I'm kind of talking to someone like me in the audience, even though you're at the back of the hall, we try and bring the intimacy to you. It's me, one-on-one, with every member of the audience.
Pure McCartney, a compilation of Paul’s solo, Wings and Fireman work highlights from one of the most-revered catalogues in music - from McCartney in 1970, his debut solo album, right through to 'Hope For The Future', his 2014 track taken from 'Destiny', the most-anticipated video game of the last decade. Not only is Pure McCartney a monumental mixtape of some of popular music's most memorable moments from 1970 to the present day, it also features curios for the super-fans and some of Paul's personal favourites — all handpicked by the man himself..
The word 'career' is a bit misleading because to me it has been more like a musical adventure than a proper job. It pleases me, and often amazes me, that I've been involved in the writing and recording of so many songs, each of them so different from the others.
As part of Pure McCartney, Paul deep dove into some of his most popular track in a six-part virtual reality documentary series discussing songs from 'Pure McCartney'. Directed by Tony Kaye in collabroation with Jaunt VR, Paul's 'Pure McCartney VR' series was a feast for the eyes and ears.
In the summer of 2016 Paul headlined two European festivals whilst on his One On One tour.
These once-in-a-lifetime concerts took place in Indio, California when six of the world’s most iconic and influential rock and roll artists come together for Desert Trip. Paul headlined the two Saturday nights with Neil Young with The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters and The Who headlining the other evenings. Including duets with Rihanna and Neil Young over the two weekends - Paul’s Desert Trip shows were once in a lifetime experiences.
Paul’s domination of the desert continued with a surprise announced intimate show at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. Announced on the day, tickets were given on a first come, first served allocation.
Featuring the original 13-track album, *Flowers In The Dirt (Archive Collection) *containes 18 bonus audio tracks featuring previously unreleased demos, written and performed by Paul with Elvis Costello.
The demos are red hot off the skillet and that’s why we wanted to include them on this boxed set. What’s great about these songs is that they’ve just been written.
Paul joined the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales as the character Uncle Jack.
The McCartney family launched the short Meat Free Monday film ‘One Day a Week’. Encouraging people to help by eating less meat with appearances by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone.
Paul is made a Companion of Honour by the Queen for services to music, he is only one of a few musicians to receive the honour, including Vera Lynn and opera singer Janet Baker.
This double A-side single was the first taste of Paul’s 17th solo album, Egypt Station. The two A-sides are polar opposites: 'I Don’t Know' being a plaintive, soul-soothing ballad as only Paul can deliver, and 'Come On To Me' a raucous stomper that fans that first spark of chemistry into a rocking blaze.
Paul took James Corden back to his hometown of Liverpool in a special episode of Carpool Karaoke. This became the #1 trending YouTube video of the year in the UK.
Paul plays a series of intimate shows to support launch of Egypt Station - Abbey Road Studios in London, LIPA in Liverpool and The Cavern in Liverpool.
Sharing a title with one of Paul’s own paintings, Egypt Station is the first full album of all-new McCartney music since 2013. Egypt Station was recorded between Los Angeles, London and Sussex, and produced (with the exception of one Ryan Tedder track) by Greg Kurstin.
I liked the words ‘Egypt Station.’ It reminded me of the ‘album’ albums we used to make... Egypt Station starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from.
Paul McCartney performs an historic set live streamed from New York City's 'Grand Central Station' to celebrate the release of his album, Egypt Station.
Egypt Station becomes Paul’s third Non-Beatles / Wings effort to top the US chart and Paul’s first Stateside #1 since 1982’s Tug Of War.
The Freshen Up Tour started on 17 September 2018 with a four-concert leg in Canada and was the first tour after the release of Egypt Station. Prior to the announcement of the tour, it was revealed Paul would headline the 17th Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park before a short European leg including hometown shows in Liverpool and London. The tour continued in 2019 to South and North America including a once in a lifetime gig at Dodger Stadium. In November 2019, the tour was extended across Europe into the following year, however, it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Paul headlined both weekends of the 17th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival alongside other acts including Metallica and Childish Gambino. The history-making bill was Paul’s first time appearance at ACL Fest and only North American festival of the year.
'Who Cares’ was reimagined as a musical short film starring Paul and Emma Stone. Shot on 65mm Kodak Film with Panavision Cameras, ‘Who Cares’ features a message of universal positivity in partnership with Creative Visions, a global nonprofit organisation that uses the power of media and the arts to ignite positive social change.
The Wild Life (Archive Collection) features the full album remastered at Abbey Road plus 25 bonus audio tracks including rough mixes of the album, original single edits, B-sides, home recordings and other previously unreleased material.
The Red Rose Speedway (Archive Collection) features the original album remastered at Abbey Road, 35 bonus audio tracks, including a reconstruction of the originally conceived "Double Album" version of Red Rose Speedway, singles, B-sides, alternate mixes and previously unreleased tracks.
The Gold Blue Peter Badge is the programme’s highest award, only a handful of which are presented each year to individuals who show great expertise in their chosen field, are considered to be role models, and who encourage and motivate children across many generations.
The expanded version of Paul’s #1 charting Egypt Station arrived a week prior to the start of the U.S. leg of Paul’s Freshen Up Tour. Egypt Station – Explorer’s Edition is comprised of the original record plus a second album, Egypt Station II compiling all songs released during the Egypt Station voyage including the surprise single ‘Get Enough’ to live performances captured at stops such as Abbey Road Studios, The Cavern and Grand Central Station.
Amoeba Gig is the first full length commercial release of Paul’s surprise free concert at Hollywood’s Amoeba Music on June 27, 2007. The full 21-song recording documents possibly the most intimate L.A. show Paul has ever played. The millions of people not among the luckier than lucky few hundred rubbing elbows with the likes of Ringo Starr and Woody Harrelson during that once in a lifetime in-store set will be able to experience those performances of Beatles classics 'The Long And Winding Road,' 'I’ll Follow The Sun' and 'I’ve Got A Feeling'.
We often do that, going back to the roots and playing in a small venue. It was great fun there, because you’re on the stage and in front of you there’s all these racks of records. Like a record shop! And my first thought was, people are just going to steal them! So, I did announce, “Please, no shoplifting!”
Inspired by Paul's own experience of being a grandude (a name his grandchildren have given him), Hey Grandude! tells the story of a magical grandparent who takes his 'Chillers' on an adventure. The action-packed picture book went on to become a New York Times Bestseller in the Children's picture book chart.
I wanted to write it for grandparents everywhere – and the kids – so it gives you something to read to the grandkids at bed time.
'Home Tonight' and 'In A Hurry' were both recorded during the Greg Kurstin sessions for 2018 album Egypt Station, and released as double-A side 7" picture disc for Record Store Day in November 2019.