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Sir Paul McCartney launches new album on Oxford Street

HMV's flagship store is back open for business, and today welcomed a famous face back through its doors. 363 Oxford Street is where the Beatles put together their demo disc, before being signed by EMI.

The rest, as they say, is history. But today, Sir Paul McCartney still had his sights set firmly on the future -- going back to the store clutching a brand new album.

Ria Chatterjee went to meet him.

Paul McCartney stages surprise gig in Covent Garden

Sir Paul McCartney surprised passers-by with an unannounced free gig in central London today - echoing his famous rooftop gig with The Beatles 44 years ago.

Sir Paul at the surprise gig Credit: Reuters

The star replaced the jugglers and living statues who often gather around St Paul's Church in Covent Garden to perform a selection of tracks from the back of a truck. He played songs from his new album in the 20 minute set including his current single New and tracks Queenie Eyes and Save Us.

Workmen at the Piazza dance on some scaffolding as they are treated to the surpise concert

Thousands of people gathered in the piazza and got a grandstand view from the balcony of the market building opposite.

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McCartney's old Aston Martin sells for £307,500

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 previously owned by Sir Paul McCartney
The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 previously owned by Sir Paul McCartney. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA

A vintage Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sir Paul McCartney while The Beatles shot to international fame fetched more than £300,000 at auction tonight.

Sir Paul ordered the dark blue sports car in 1964 on the eve of the band's world tour and had it fitted with a black leather interior, Motorola radio and its very own record player.

The Aston Martin sold at a hammer price of £307,500 at a special classic cars auction in Battersea Park.

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