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Sir Paul, Katy Perry trade songwriting tips

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  • British singer Sir Paul McCartney and his band acknowledge the crowd after performing in Covent Garden, London, Friday. The surprise gig lasted for 20 minutes during lunchtime following a similar appearance in New York last Friday.

      British singer Sir Paul McCartney and his band acknowledge the crowd after performing in Covent Garden, London, Friday. The surprise gig lasted for 20 minutes during lunchtime following a similar appearance in New York last Friday.
    Associated Press

  • Crowds gather to watch Sir Paul McCartney and his band in Covent Garden, London, Friday. The surprise gig lasted for 20 minutes during lunchtime following a similar appearance in New York last Friday.

      Crowds gather to watch Sir Paul McCartney and his band in Covent Garden, London, Friday. The surprise gig lasted for 20 minutes during lunchtime following a similar appearance in New York last Friday.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

LONDON -- Even a star who has been performing for more than 50 years sometimes wants a do-over.

Sir Paul McCartney sang his new song "New" at a taping of "The Graham Norton Show" in London on Thursday -- then decided he wanted a second take. The former Beatle's instincts were right on target: round two had much more verve.

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McCartney and pop princess Katy Perry also gave a master class in songwriting at the taping. McCartney says he and late writing partner John Lennon expected to come away with a song every time they brainstormed. Perry, who says she's "an observer of life," carries around a recorder to stash away phrases that strike her fancy.

McCartney later treated the audience to a rousing song not on his new album: "Lady Madonna."

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