McCartney tops rich list

Paul McCartney is worth US$1 billion, according to the Sunday Times annual list of the U.K.’s richest musicians. 

That also includes the not-insignificant $225 million that his new wife Nancy Shewell is worth in her own right. 

Composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber pushes the ex-Beatle close with an estimated $975 million, U2 are worth around $646 million, Elton John $405 million and Mick Jagger $337 million. 

The highest-placed newcomer in the yearly top 40 is Calvin Harris, who has amassed $105 million, according to the newspaper. 

McCartney’s songwriting soulmate John Lennon is getting the remastering treatment for his eight studio solo albums. The late Beatle’s work will be out on Universal Music, and at the moment all the LPs are out of print. 

The albums have been remastered by Yoko Ono from Lennon’s original mixes at various studios, including the iconic Abbey Road. Reproductions are faithful to the original vinyl releases, which were previously available on CD and download.  

“John Lennon: Lennon,” the 9 LP vinyl collection is out on June 8 and the individual albums will be available from 11 August. They are: “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” (1970); “Imagine” (1971); “Some Time In New York City” [2LP] (1972); “Mind Games” (1973); Walls and Bridges (1974); Rock ‘n’ Roll (1975); Double Fantasy (1980); and “Milk and Honey” (1984). 

Bryan Ferry and more 

Bryan Ferry is ready to release a double A-sided single, “Midnight Train/Johnny and Mary.” The tracks are culled from his latest LP, “Avonmore,” and the single will come out on May 25. Ferry is also gearing up to tour the U.K. 

David Bowie revealed this week that he had turned down the offer of a knighthood in 2003.  

“I would never have any intention of accepting anything like that,” he told reporters. 

“I seriously don’t know what it’s for. It’s not what I spent my life working for.” 

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett has lost his phone, and with it more than 250 riffs and ideas for the band. He told Jamey Jasta’s podcast that he was “crushed” by the realization. 

“It didn’t get backed up. When it happened, I was bummed out for about two or three days. I’m still looking for it to this day. It still might turn up, I’m hoping that it will.”  

The axeman had some better news with the announcement that the group’s vintage “No Life Til Leather” cassette was the second-best selling item of Record Store Day, April 18. 

Top of the list was White Stripes with “Get Behind Me Satan,” third was “Bust No Moves” by Run the Jewels, and Bowie’s “Changes” came in at number 4. 

According to Buzz Angle Music, sales at independent stores, when compared to the previous Saturday, April 11, were up 742 percent across all titles, and single sales were boosted by 32,072 percent.  

Billionaire Paul McCartney, right, hands the trophy to Ringo Starr at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony last month. – Photo: AP