Just days after teasing the release of a new album on social media, Paul McCartney has announced McCartney III, slated for December 11th via Capitol Records.
The project is comprised of many different concepts, from film scores to revived older works and more. “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. “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.”
A follow-up to his 1970 self-titled solo debut and 1980’s McCartney II, the new full length features the legendary Beatle playing all the instruments; having written and recorded every song. In addition to its digital and CD availability, McCartney III will be pressed on vinyl in a variety of styles. Third Man Records will release the standard 180-gram, red vinyl — limited to 3,000 hand-numbered copies — and a “333” edition limited to 333 copies and pressed on yellow, polka-dotted vinyl made from 33 recycled vinyl copies of McCartney and McCartney II. A U.S. retail edition will also release the record on white vinyl, limited to 4,000 copies.
McCartney III marks Sir Paul’s 18th solo album, following 2018’s Egypt Station.