Paul McCartney's new single, called simply “New” and produced by Mark Ronson, was given its world premiere at midnight ET Aug. 29 on the internet, his website announced tonight. The single is now being streamed on Soundcloud and YouTube, and is available for order on iTunes.
- Listen to Paul McCartney's "New" in the video spot on this page.
The album, also called “New,” his first new solo material in six years, will be released Oct. 14 in the UK and Oct. 15 in the U.S. and is now available for pre-order. The iTunes listing mentions only the “New” title and doesn't reveal the names of the other tracks, using numbers instead. The announcement said more information is to be revealed.
“What's new with Paul McCartney?,” read the new banner on his website. Those who clicked on the link found the words “Today, Paul McCartney has made some 'New' music available,” leading to the iTunes link where the single could be purchased for instant download and the album could be pre-ordered. The regular version has 12 tracks, the deluxe has 14.
"We can do whatever we want, we can live as we choose” lyrics from the song, were quoted by McCartney.
Internet Beatles radio stations aren't wasting any time. Fab4Radio.com told Beatles Examiner they will begin playing the song Thursday. Chris Carter, host of “Chris Carter's 'Breakfast With the Beatles,” told Beatles Examiner his show next Sunday would feature the song and “maybe two.”
Rumors of the single's premiere started making the rounds on the internet Wednesday afternoon with two Spanish sites breaking the news.
Before that, a series of mysterious tweets began showing up on McCartney's official Twitter account Tuesday night that at first appeared to be random and brought questions wondering if the account had been compromised.
But others guessed that the words - “potato,” “sworthy,” “castle,” “lyweds,” “born,” “York,” 'moon,” all had something in common. And they did – the word “New,” the title of the single. (One user asked jokingly if McCartney had been getting Twitter lessons from Ringo Starr, whose @ringostarrmusic account has had a few cryptic messages in the past.)
Titles of several songs have recently been leaked in interviews, though Hear Music told Beatles Examiner Wednesday that some of the information going around on the internet was not accurate. The titles were “Struggle,” “Alligator,” “News” (which may have been meant to be "New"), “Hosannah” (which has been mentioned before) and “Life of a Party Girl.”
Universal Music Philippines' Facebook page recently broke the yet unconfirmed news that a second volume of Beatles BBC tracks would be released in November. There has been no official announcement from Apple yet about its release.
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