Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wings - "Wonderful Christmastime" - Live During UK Tour 1979


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From Paul McCartney and Wings' final concert of their 1979 UK Tour, this is a live performance of "Wonderful Christmastime" - from December 17, 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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A new single at the time, this is a rare live performance of the song by Wings - who would go on to perform live together just one more time at the Concert for the People of Kampuchea on December 29th, 1979.

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Note how Wings are not as tight as they were on many other songs, with shaky backup vocals.

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However, this remains a fabulous rendition that truly was live action and not a "sort of live" rendition as is so often the case with major artists today.

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Linda McCartney

The reality is that this was a Paul McCartney song, not really a Wings song at all, though Wings did perform it a few times and the members of the band did appear in Paul's video for the single.

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This song has made Paul a wealthy man, though it is often derided and hardly considered a classic by many of his fans. He has made tens of millions of dollars from this song alone.

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Ho, ho, ho!

You could throw out his entire Beatles, Wings and subsequent solo career, and Paul McCartney would still be a very wealthy man just from this one tune.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sir Paul Takes in a Basketball Game

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Paul loves Hoops.

Sir Paul McCartney takes in the NBA Sixers at Nets game in New Jersey on December 16, 2013. No courtside seat for Sir Paul, though he does have his bodyguard handy.

Apparently, it was free tee-shirt night or something like that, and Paul got into the spirit of things and tried to snag one. Unfortunately, the shirt dropped a little short and Paul is seen remonstrating with the bloke in front of him who got it in a good-natured way.

When you grow up in Liverpool in the 1950s, you learn to appreciate the little things in life. Paul is very much a New Yorker, though, and this is something New Yorkers do.


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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Letting Go (live)


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Paul and Linda at the "Sgt. Pepper" launch party.



Sun Life Stadium, Miami, 4/3/10 (that's April 3, 2010, for you European types).

"Letting Go" is my personal pick of most underrated Macca tune, and here Paul just lets it go indeed. This is just a sterling performance, practically single-quality. This guy is almost 70 years old when he did this! Just amazing.

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"Letting Go" was on "Venus and Mars," the choice by many as the best Wings album (with stiff competition from "Band on the Run," of course). "Letting Go" is about Paul's love for wife Linda (who is listed as co-writer on the tune, but that was probably just for peculiar legal reasons). One does not have to read too much into the song to see it as Paul's thank you to Linda for pulling him out of his brief post-Beatles depression. The almost menacing melody underscores that this is not about a happy and bouncing time in Paul's life. Knowing Paul, however, he would probably say that it was about their pet llama or something.

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Released as a single, "Letting Go" flopped for a Wings tune at the height of their prowess. "Letting Go" peaked at number 41 in the UK and number 39 in the US, an inexplicable outcome when "Junior's Farm could go Top 3 in the States. It really does sound like an album track or a stage song tailored for an extended riff, and some songs simply aren't meant for the bouncy 3-minutes-and-out radio format ("Letting Go" clocks in at 4:30). This is the song to play at 3 a.m. when everyone is buzzed and just wants to disappear into the rhythm, you don't want complicated thoughts, the beer still tastes good, and you never want the night to end... Everyone gets their moments, there's room for a guitar solo, a heavy bass line, a brass section, a typically tuneful melody, unobtrusive lyrics... it's a Macca gem, ladies and gentlemen.



However, "Letting Go" endures, and obviously, Paul himself still thinks quite highly of it. He returned to it in his 2016 One on One tour, for instance - and let's not mention songs like "My Brave Face" and "So Bad" that haven't seen the light of day in decades. "Letting Go" also finds its way onto a surprising number of compilations. There are many more recent songs and songs that charted higher that Paul doesn't play, but "Letting Go" gets its moments.

You're probably wondering at this point, "What's this guy going on about this forgotten song from the '70s?" I completely understand.

Anyway, I repeat that "Letting Go" is just about the most underrated tune in the entire Paul McCartney catalog. "Letting Go" captures a '70s vibe without sounding dated. A serious Paul tune, memorable and hummable, but aren't they all?

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Below, if it's still up, is another performance from about a quarter-century earlier. I prefer the 2010 performance (one of the few I really do prefer from 21st Century McCartney), but opinions will differ.


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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Paul in Japan 2013

Paul McCartney Finally Has a Good Tour in Japan


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Paul makes his grand arrival at the airport.

Paul McCartney arrives in Osaka, Japan in November 2013 on his "Out There" tour. Besides Osaka, he also was scheduled to perform in Tokyo for three shows.

The crowd was very excited to see Paul.

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Paul's Japanese admirers.

They were also very excited on a previous occasion. Sometimes, though, the show does not go on, as in the situation below. And, it did not go on as planned in 2013, either, as Paul came down with a cold and had to cancel a bunch of shows elsewhere in Asia (he made them up in 2015). But the show did go on in Japan, at least.

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Paul McCartney after being released from jail in Tokyo in 1980.

Paul's abortive Asian appearances paid dividends in Japan, at least. Paul's single "New" from the album of the same name climbed the Japanese charts to No. 4, becoming his first top-ten single in any major market since 2001 (in Canada, his "From a Love to a Friend hit No. 6). Setting aside charity performances, that's Paul's highest singles ranking on a major singles chart in, well, quite a long time ("Hope of Deliverance" made it to no. 3 in Germany in 1993, and "My Brave Face" reached No. 4 on the US AC chart in 1989). The Japanese musical market is said to be the second largest in the world, after the United States.

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McCartney's band in Japan:

  • Paul 'Wix' Wickens (vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion, harmonica)
  • Brian Ray (vocals, guitar, bass)
  • Rusty Anderson (vocals, guitar)
  • Abe Laboriel Jr (vocals, drums).
Paul's setlist in Tokyo Dome:
  • Eight Days A Week
  • Save Us
  • All My Loving
  • Listen To What The Man Said
  • Let Me Roll It
  • Paperback Writer
  • My Valentine
  • Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five
  • The Long And Winding Road
  • Maybe I'm Amazed
  • I've Just Seen A Face
  • We Can Work It Out
  • Another Day
  • And I Love Her
  • Blackbird
  • Here Today
  • New
  • Queenie Eye
  • Lady Madonna
  • All Together Now
  • Lovely Rita
  • Everybody Out There
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!
  • Something
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  • Band On The Run
  • Back In The USSR
  • Let It Be
  • Live And Let Die
  • Hey Jude
  • Day Tripper
  • Hi, Hi, Hi
  • Get Back
  • Yesterday
  • Helter Skelter
  • Golden Slumbers
  • Carry That Weight
  • The End

The "Out There" tour is famous among Beatles fans for, among other things, being the first time that Paul played "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" in public. He told Rolling Stone:
Mr Kite! is such a crazy, oddball song that I thought it would freshen up the set. Plus the fact that I'd never done it. None of us in the Beatles ever did that song [in concert]. And I have great memories of writing it with John. I read, occasionally, people say, 'Oh, John wrote that one.' I say, 'Wait a minute, what was that afternoon I spent with him, then, looking at this poster?' He happened to have a poster in his living room at home. I was out at his house, and we just got this idea, because the poster said 'Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite' – and then we put in, you know, 'there will be a show tonight,' and then it was like, 'of course,' then it had 'Henry the Horse dances the waltz.' You know, whatever. 'The Hendersons, Pablo Fanques, somersets...' We said, 'What was 'somersets'? It must have been an old-fashioned way of saying somersaults.' The song just wrote itself. So, yeah, I was happy to kind of reclaim it as partially mine.
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Friday, November 15, 2013

Paul McCartney's Letter to Vladimir Putin

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Paul McCartney.

I post a below letter from Paul McCartney to Vladimir Putin simply to give it more publicity. Paul McCartney is trying to help a few people. You don't have to love Greenpeace or anything like that to respect an artist who stands up for someone else when he has absolutely no need to do so. Paul is doing the same thing that people did in the 1960s that people speak so glowingly and fondly of now, in retrospect at least. I'm sure John Lennon is applauding somewhere.

In brief, 30 international Greenpeace activists were arrested in September for protesting against Russian oil drilling in the Arctic and now face up to 7 years in prison on charges of "hooliganism." Their Dutch-registered ship was impounded. It is the general understanding that the activists simply boarded the ship and then waited for a Russian SWAT team inevitably to arrest them, without offering resistance. There was no property damage worth mentioning. As I said, this is a general understanding, perhaps there are other facts not known to us.

This really is not a political issue unless you are bound and determined to make it into one. Paul is on the Left side of the scale, for sure, but this is just a Humanitarian plea. Everyone will make their own assessment of such things, I'm just providing a little information.

At the time of this writing, the experts within Russia are betting that Paul's attempt to reach across lines here will be unsuccessful. It is highly unusual for such a high-profile figure to attempt to intervene in a matter such as this. That is not meant to diminish the direct efforts of other celebrities, such as "Xena" star Lucy Lawless, who support Greenpeace. However, they are acting politically, whereas Paul is acting in a purely humanitarian posture. That is a key distinction. As said, this is not really about Greenpeace unless you want to make it so.

Below is the entire posting from Paul's site. You may see the original here on Paul's own website as well.

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Greetings from Japan.

Check out my letter below to President Vladimir Putin which he has not replied to as yet. The Russian Ambassador kindly responded saying that their situation ‘is not properly represented in the world media’.

It would be great if this misunderstanding could be resolved and the protesters can be home with their families in time for Christmas. We live in hope.

Paul McCartney

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14th October 2013

Dear Vladimir,

I hope this letter finds you well. It is now more than ten years since I played in Red Square, but I still often think about Russia and the Russian people.

I am writing to you about the 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists being held in Murmansk. I hope you will not object to me bringing up their case.

I hear from my Russian friends that the protesters are being portrayed in some quarters as being anti-Russian, that they were doing the bidding of western governments, and that they threatened the safety of the people working on that Arctic oil platform.

I am writing to assure you that the Greenpeace I know is most certainly not an anti-Russian organisation. In my experience they tend to annoy every government! And they never take money from any government or corporation anywhere in the world.

And above all else they are peaceful. In my experience, non-violence is an essential part of who they are.

I see you yourself have said that they are not pirates - well, that's something everybody can agree on. Just as importantly, they don't think they are above the law. They say they are willing to answer for what they actually did, so could there be a way out of this, one that benefits everybody?

Vladimir, millions of people in dozens of countries would be hugely grateful if you were to intervene to bring about an end to this affair. I understand of course that the Russian courts and the Russian Presidency are separate. Nevertheless I wonder if you may be able to use whatever influence you have to reunite the detainees with their families?

Forty-five years ago I wrote a song about Russia for the White Album, back when it wasn't fashionable for English people to say nice things about your country. That song had one of my favourite Beatles lines in it: "Been away so long I hardly knew the place, gee it's good to be back home."

Could you make that come true for the Greenpeace prisoners?

I hope, when our schedules allow, we can meet up again soon in Moscow.

Sincerely yours,

Paul McCartney


The protesters were released shortly thereafter.


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Monday, November 4, 2013

'Save Us' - Live on Hollywood Boulevard

'Save Us' - Live on Hollywood Boulevard





On September 23, 2013 Hollywood Boulevard in LA was closed down for Paul to perform live for Jimmy Kimmel Live. This video has all sorts of shots of Paul arriving by helicopter at dusk, then playing into the night.

It's not a bad little record of the day, though I personally could have done without all the blatant "Jimmy Kimmel" signs. We get it, Jimmy, this was done for your show. I suppose that if you're a fan of both Paul and Jimmy, you'll be in heaven with this video.

As for the song itself, it's not bad. It's inoffensive, taken from the 2013 "New" album. "Save Us" is a generic pop tune, without a whole lot of originality, but certainly tuneful enough and with a somewhat catchy guitar riff. It is reminiscent of a lesser Billy Joel tune, a sound which Paul tends to mimic for some reason now and then, as in "Biker Like an Icon." Not bad as a filler tune on his new album, which overall is very popular.

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A sound check before the show.

"New" (the album) has done quite well on the charts. As with virtually all of Paul's albums, it was top-3 in quite a few places, most importantly the major US, UK and Japanese markets. It even managed to squeak out a No. 1 in Norway, so, technically at least, it is yet another No. 1 album for the master. As far as I can tell, it is the first time one of Paul's original studio albums has hit No. 1 on any country chart (at least a country of any size at all) since his 1989 "Flowers in the Dirt," which was No. 1 in the UK and... Norway. That 24-year gap in time could be some kind of record, but Paul has so many of those records I'm sure nobody would even notice.

Paul is experiencing a bit of a late-career revival. Things certainly are looking better for him than they were in the "Driving Rain" to "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard" days, when he seemed to have run out of gas.

So, anyway, there you go. I guess the Norwegians are Paul's most loyal fans! But everyone still loves Paul.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

"Queenie Eye" Video from "New"

"Queenie Eye" Has A Boatload of Celebrities

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Paul McCartney's October 2013 album "New" hit #3 on both the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and the British charts, as well as #2 on the important Japanese chart. To promote it, he enlisted what is undoubtedly the biggest group of international celebrities ever to appear in any music video. Any time you get Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Sean Penn and Chris Pine in the same video, you've accomplished something.

I can't recall Meryl Streep ever being in a music video other than for a film she was promoting (she was, I believe, in a Carly Simon video back in the '80s for one of her films). Nobody else in the world could have gotten all these stars to appear in their music video.

As for the song, it is a bit weird in spots, but that's all right. Paul has his weird moments, and "Queenie Eye" does have a certain tunefulness to it. It is another sprightly composition that hearkens back to the mid-late Beatles period of the 1967-1968 era. Paul is in good form and voice, looking as good as he has in years. As a bonus, we get a very rare and revealing glimpse at the famed Abbey Road Studios, where all those hits were made (and continue to be made).

The press has made a big deal out of the fact that Depp and Kate Moss, former sweethearts, are in the same video, but there is absolutely no indication that they were in the same building at the same time.

If you want some more Johnny Depp, visit my Mad Hatter page, where he does the famous Futterwacken dance!

Easy to comment that Paul is not the same person he was in 1968. Well, nobody is. He's still around, though, and doing his utter best to make his releases relevant and pleasing to modern audiences. And nobody has better connections within pop culture to do that than Paul McCartney. Nobody.

It is a fascinating video, and it is nice that Johnny Depp followed up his developing tradition of appearing in Paul McCartney videos such as "My Valentine." There is no sign of Natalie Portman, another McCartney multi-collaborator, but I'm sure she'll turn up again in Paul's videos in the future.


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

"New" Video, September, 2013, With Lyrics

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Paul McCartney on stage September 3, 2013.



A promo video for Paul McCartney's 2013 song "New."

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A release states:
The video features behind-the-scenes footage of Paul and his band shot during his 2013 'Out There' tour. Created by tour videographer Charlie Lightening, the new video includes spectacular crowd scenes and touching moments of fans meeting Paul on stage. The lyric video also gives us an exclusive glimpse at Paul's all-new show and his life on the road.
"New" has become part of McCartney's tour repertoire, and he plays it regularly.

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LYRICS:

Don't look at me
It's way too soon to see
What's gonna be, don't look at me
All my life
I never knew what I could be
What I could do
Then we were new
oo-oo-oo-oo

You came along
And made my life a song
One lucky day you came along
Just in time
While I was searching for a rhyme
You came along
Then we were new
oo-oo-oo-oo

We can do what we want
We can live as we choose
You see there's no guarantee
We've got nothing to lose

Don't look at me
I can't deny the truth
It's plain to see, don't look at me
All my life
I never knew what I could be
What I could do
Then we were new
oo-oo-oo-oo

We can do what we want
We can live as we choose
You see there's no guarantee
We've got nothing to lose

Don't look at me
It's way too soon to see
What's gonna be, don't look at me
All my life
I never knew what I could be
What I could do
Then we were new
oo-oo-oo-oo

Then we were new
oo-oo-oo-oo
Now we are new
oo-oo-oo-oo




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Acoustic version of "New"

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Paul McCartney.



Paul McCartney doing a semi-video for his current release "New." It shows his camaraderie with his band, which has been beside him for years and act as his mates. There are many videos of these guys simply jamming various songs before concerts, old and new.

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"Last month, whilst getting ready to go on stage at Regina, Paul was caught on camera performing an impromptu version of 'New'. This quickly turned into an acoustic performance when Paul was joined by the rest of his band for a run-through the song."


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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Paul's New Album "New" Coming


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Above is the teaser video for Sir Paul McCartney's album "New," released October 14/15 (UK/US). The single "New" was released on August 28, 2013.

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Update October 25, 2013: "New" debuted at #3 in both the States and the United Kingdom, another success for Sir Paul. It continues his late-career revival. It was his best US debut week since 1997's "Flaming Pie," which came in at #2 on both charts.

"New" charted at #2 on the Japanese chart, his best performance there since 1982 and "Tug of War," which gives an idea of the long and winding road of Paul's unprecedented musical history.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Paul in San Francisco, August 9 2013

Paul Rocks San Francisco

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Paul McCartney in San Francisco, 14 August 2014.



This official Paul McCartney video shows the legend rocking San Francisco!

As the Paul McCartney official website states:
Friday 9th August saw Paul headlining at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco, taking place in the city's Golden Gate Park.
 
Paul's set featured many highlights including a cover of Jesse Fuller's classic 'San Francisco Bay Blues' and 'Yesterday' accompanied by the world-famous Kronos Quartet who performed George Martin's iconic score.
Paul McCartney has a long and storied history in San Francisco. The Beatles' last live concert (barring the one-off appearance on the roof of Abbey Road Studios in 1969) took place in San Francisco in 1966. It remains a favorite stop on Paul's American tours.

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The Beatles arriving in San Francisco, 29 August 1966. John Lennon and Ringo Starr are behind Paul.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Paul and Justin Bieber

When You're a Rock Legend, You Work With Whom You Want

This page is meant in fun and not as a slam on anyone.

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Justin Bieber is popular. He has more twitter followers than just about anyone on earth - and that's no exaggeration, he even has more than Lady Gaga for goodness sakes! - and teenage girls swoon at his mere mention.

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Well... Paul McCartney is not a teenage girl.

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McCartney reportedly nixed a duet offer from Justin almost as fast as they presented it to him.

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"Twilight popular, not Harry Potter popular."

Justin apparently felt that a duet with McCartney would boost his artistic edge in the singing world. Paul, however, didn’t agree.

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He also wasn’t eager to risk tarnishing “his stellar reputation” by singing with Justin, who wears really weird drop-crotch pants.

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According to the Globe, “Paul feared it would tarnish his stellar reputation.  He turned Justin down flat!”

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Loosely translated, "You screwed one of my best songs, "Let it Be"

Now, Paul McCartney did a duet with Stevie Wonder. Paul McCartney did a couple of very successful duets with Michael Jackson. Paul McCartney did another duet with Stevie Wonder. But no Bieber.

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The simple truth is that Paul McCartney — to put it lightly — isn’t really in the need to gain popularity and/or relevance. He has the credibility to burn, even with many within Justin's demographic. And he isn't quite in the Frank Sinatra stage of his career where he would sing duets with anyone who came calling, including Bono (reportedly, Sinatra never met Bono, they sang their parts on different continents).

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Songwriting skills: compare and contrast

Of course, it undoubtedly was "Bieber's people" who contacted "Paul's people," and there were "scheduling conflicts." But Paul certainly found time to meet with Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp when he asked them to film music videos for him. Scheduling time wasn't so precious then. According to Natalie, he even cooked her a veggie burger.

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Word is that Bieber now will “hook up with people who write darker, edgier songs hoping one of the tunes will capture Paul’s attention.”

Naturally, Justin Bieber has so many haters online that it didn't take long for a slew of parody images to be created memorializing this epic moment in pop history.

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Maybe this is all rumor and there's no truth to it. I've probably alienated all sorts of teenage girls with this post. But I am weak, and this is too funny. It makes for a great story!

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