BIG Music News: Paul McCartney, Santana

PAUL McCARTNEY:  New song about President Trump may be on the next album

Paul McCartney might have a song about Donald Trump on his next album, according to the Liverpool Echo.

McCartney dropped the hint last week during a visit to the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, telling students there, "Sometimes the situation in the world is so crazy, that you've got to address it."

Macca has previously criticized Trump. In an interview published in early July in Australia's Daily Telegraph, he said, "I'm not a fan at all. He's unleashed a kind of violent prejudice that is sometimes latent among people."

McCartney added, "He's unleashed the ugly side of America. People feel like they have got a free pass to be, if not violent, at least antagonistic towards people of a different color of different race. I think we all thought we'd got past that a long time ago."

During the 2016 presidential campaign, McCartney posed for a photo with Hillary Clinton and tweeted it out along with the caption, "She's with me." (Billboard)

SANTANA:  New album

The new Santana album is out.  Power of Peace finds Carlos and his wife, drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, collaborating with The Isley Brothers -- Ernie and Ronnie.

Carlos Santana on the new album:

"This is the completion of a mission and vision that Cindy and I had and we feel so empowered that our brother, Ronnie Isley, and Ernie, they trusted us and here is giving birth to life."

Carlos adds that they recorded 16 songs in four days and 13 made the album. Among the classics they covered are Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground," Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love," Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)," Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You," Curtis Mayfield's "Gypsy Woman" and Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child." There is one new song, "I Remember," written and sung by Cindy.

BLONDIE:  Debbie Harry's still loving it

Debbie Harry still loves working with Chris Stein in Blondie. She tells the Miami Herald, "I've been so lucky to have him and the band, and it has been a completely natural process working together. We have the utmost respect for each other and both have that drive to just attack the songwriting process."

Nearly 40 years after crashing the American charts with "Heart of Glass," and 30 years after they broke up as a romantic couple, they remain the cornerstones of a band with not only a remarkable past but a productive present.

Stein adds, "I may be too close to it to be objective, but we have a lot in common, our thought processes. We got through it."

After releasing their 11th album, Pollinator, Stein says, "At this point, we work so well together and have so much to bring to our collaborations."  

And they still deliver the goods live. They'll be at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, near Miami, on August 8th.

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