Paul McCartney announced a new contest on his website Sept. 27 to pick 20 fans for a new video for his single “New," but didn't answer the question of why it appears you'll need an encyclopedia to keep up with all the versions of it around the world.
As we've known for a while when he announced the new cover art for “New,” the Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk standard versions will feature 12 tracks: “Save Us,” “Alligator,” “On My Way To Work,” “Queenie Eye,” “Early Days,” “New,” “Appreciate,” “Everybody Out There,” “Hosanna,” “I Can Bet,” “Looking At Her” and “Road.”
In addition, the Japanese edition of “New,” according to the Amazon listing in Japan, also adds “Struggle,” plus “lyrics and commentary.” But “Struggle” was originally called “Scared” in earlier versions and we're wondering if the Japanese Google translation (which calls the first track “Save The Ass” instead of “Save Us”) is the reason for the change. That Japanese translation does some unusual things to some of the other titles as well. This Japanese tracklist hasn't been confirmed by his record company as of yet. And the 15-track configuration was supposed to be featured at Walmart in the States, though their track listing, which was listed on their site at one point, was pulled down and hasn't yet been put back up.
Another unconfirmed version that's supposed to be exclusive to Target, which is also not yet listed on their site, will reportedly include a DVD with video from the “Out There” tour. Another version exclusive to Best Buy supposedly includes photo cards and an album badge. You can see a thumbnail of this version on their website, but not the full size cover. You can find more of the international configurations on our "New" story coverage page, but there are no other reported track list variations. When these are confirmed, we'll report on them here.
The “New” logo, by the way, was very evident on Abe Laboriel Jr.'s drums and elsewhere during the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show and we could swear we also saw t-shirts on Hollywood Boulevard. McCartney hasn't yet started selling clothing items.
Entries for the competition to pick 20 London-based fans to be in a new “New” video were accepted today (Sept. 28). The rules state those picked will be volunteers and not be paid. As if that would stop anyone.
PAUL ON "NEW": And here's a new quote about the album from McCartney: “It’s funny, when I play people the album they’re surprised it’s me. A lot of the tracks are quite varied and not necessarily in a style you’d recognize as mine. I didn’t want it to all sound the same. I really enjoyed making this album. It’s always great to get a chance to get into the studio with a bunch of new songs and I was lucky to work with some very cool producers. We had a lot of fun.”
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