After numerous days hinting at a new record through social media and streaming platforms, former Beatle Paul McCartney has finally announced that his new album, McCartney III, will be released on December 11th through Capitol Records.
The project arrives as McCartney’s first album since 2018 effort Egypt Station and sees him finally complete the trilogy of records which began with his debut solo album, McCartney, in 1970. He then followed it up a decade later with 1980 effort McCartney II. The iconic musician recorded both previous albums at his home studio and featured additional vocals from his late wife Linda, who passed away in 1998. Now, Macca has finally confirmed that the release is on the way after a series of cryptic hints.
Fans began to suspect the album was on its way earlier this week after Spotify users noticed that when they play tracks from either McCartney and McCartney II on the mobile app, that they are met with an animation of dice thrown onto the images of the album covers, with three dots facing upwards.
It made fans jump to conclusions and their guess was absolutely correct. Then the former Beatle’s social media accounts began to tease the forthcoming release too, sharing a series of images which were accompanied by three dice emojis which lines up with the change to his Spotify profile.
“I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day,” McCartney said in a statement confirming the release.
“I had to do a little bit of work on some film music and that turned into the opening track. And then when it was done, I thought, ‘What will I do next?’ I had some stuff I’d worked on over the years, but sometimes time would run out and it would be left half-finished. So I started thinking about what I had.”
“Each day I’d start recording with the instrument I wrote the song on and then gradually layer it all up; it was a lot of fun,” he added. “It was about making music for yourself rather than making music that has to do a job. So, I just did stuff I fancied doing. I had no idea this would end up as an album.”
Check out the trailer for McCartney III, below.