×

Paul McCartney Announces ‘Egypt Station’ Album, Talks Retirement, Drops Two New Songs (Listen)

Paul McCartney’ new double A-sided single “I Don’t Know” and “Come On to Me,” made its world debut Wednesday, arriving after a week of mysterious picture clues posted by the McCartney team on social media. McCartney also announced he’ll release a new album, “Egypt Station,” on Sept. 7, for which each track but one was produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia, Beck, Kelly Clarkson).

“I Don’t Know” is a somber ballad of the type McCartney has been long known for: “I’ve got crows out my window, dogs out my door, I don’t think I can take any more. What am I doing wrong, I don’t know,” McCartney sings pensively. On the other side “Come On To Me” is a bouncy rocker. The latter caught fans by surprise when it was played during a brief concert at the Philharmonic Pub in Liverpool during his outing with James Corden to film “Carpool Karaoke.” The segment will air Thursday night on CBS’ “Late Late Show.” Corden teased the show on YouTube.

McCartney spoke with the BBC about the album last year. “I’m working with a producer I first worked with two years ago on a piece of music I’m doing for an animated film. Since then, he went on to work with Beck and Adele and [won multiple Grammys], so my only worry is, people are going to go: ‘Oh there’s Paul going with the flavor of the month.’ But he’s a great guy called Greg Kurstin and he’s very musical and he’s great to work with.”

For his part, Kurstin told Entertainment Weekly, “All I can say is that when he brings songs to the studio, it blows my mind that he’s still coming up with the most amazing songs. I feel like he’s topping himself.”

“Egypt Station” is also the title of a painting by McCartney that was auctioned in years past. “I liked the words ‘Egypt Station,’ McCartney said in a statement. “It reminded me of the ‘album’ albums we used to make. ‘Egypt Station’ starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that.” The announcement said the new album has 14 songs that resemble a travelogue bookmarked with opening and closing instrumentals “Station I” and “Station II.” Other song titles include “Happy With You,” “People Want Peace” and “Despite Repeated Warnings.”

McCartney told BBC interviewer Jo Whiley Wednesday that doing the “Carpool Karaoke” segment was fun, but going back to his childhood home was an emotional experience. “They’ve made (it) into a National Trust house and I’d always heard about it and what I would do normally when I’m up in Liverpool, I’ll just drive up and pull up outside it and then say to whoever I’m with in the car, “OK, that was my old room there, this is where we used to live” and I’ll tell them a few stories and I’d drive off – I’d never go in. But James wanted to go in, so for the first time since I lived there, we went in and wow – it was kind of shocking,” he said. “But it was great. It was really exciting to go round – ‘Oh, there’s where my dad washed the dishes’ and all this. It sparked off a lot of nice memories for me.”

In a separate interview with DIY, he confirmed the long-rumored release of a 50th anniversary edition for The Beatles’ “White Album.” “It’s all in place, I’ve just got a couple of essays [to approve]. It’s all lined up and it’s really good,” he said. “The album itself [‘The White Album’] is very cool and it sounds like you’re in the room; that’s the great thing about doing remasters. But we’ve also got some demos of the songs, so you get things stripped right back to just John’s voice and a guitar. You just think, how f—ing good was John?! Amazing.”

McCartney also told the BBC’s Whiley he has no plans to retire and, in fact, has a very busy few months ahead. “I was talking to – name dropping, clunk – Willie Nelson. I was talking about this whole retiring thing, ‘cause you know he’s older than I am! And he says, ‘Retire from what?’ and I think that just says it. You know, ‘Retire from what?’. So no, I love it, I enjoy it so we’re going to do some little gigs in July. Don’t know what those are going to be yet. Note to self, must try and figure it out ‘cause they’re approaching fast and then we do some bigger productions and things after that.”

 

 

More Music

  • Maluma

    A Reluctant Maluma Finally Finds the Screen Role He's Been Waiting for

    It seems like everyone wants a piece of Maluma these days, but the 25-year-old Colombian superstar has played hard to get when it comes to making the transition to the big screen. The singer has been picky in turning down possible crossovers — but an offer to be paired with Jennifer Lopez has caught his [...]

  • BTS61st Annual Grammy Awards, Arrivals, Los

    MTV VMAs Have Created a K-Pop Category ... and Some BTS Fans Are Livid About It

    The MTV Video Music Awards have added a new K-pop category this year, but if you thought that expansion would please a plurality of BTS fans, think again. BTS fans have taken to Twitter and other social media to charge that it’s actually a racist or xenophobic move designed to ghettoize their favorite group and [...]

  • Lizzo Warner Chappell

    Lizzo Signs Publishing Admin Deal With Warner Chappell

    Lizzo has signed a global administration deal with Warner Chappell Music. The agreement covers her existing and future work, including the breakout hit “Juice” and follow-up “Truth Hurts” from debut album “Cuz I Love You.” Speaking to Variety of the success of “Truth Hurts,” Lizzo recently said: “I love being platinum. I worked so hard. [...]

  • Dr Dre Selling Woodland Hills Mansion

    Dr. Dre Seeks Sale of Woodland Hills Mansion

    A lavish mansion in a quietly ritzy, guard-gated enclave discreetly nestled into the rugged foothills above L.A.’s Woodland Hills, long owned by Andre Young, aka rapper, record producer and near-billionaire entrepreneur Dr. Dre, has come for sale at $5.25 million. Dre himself, worth about $800 million, according to Forbes, hopes to more than double his [...]

  • Iggy Azalea

    Iggy Azalea on Album Delays, Twerk Pits, Trolling and Going 'More Tongue-in-Cheek'

    Iggy Azalea just unleashed her first album in five years, and the title speaks for itself. “In My Defense” sees the Australian pop star talking back, taking control of her masters and giving self-confidence to her fan base across the world. Azalea — real name: Amethyst Amelia Kelly — made a name for herself with [...]

  • Bruce Springsteen FYSEE Opening Night with

    Bruce Springsteen-Codirected 'Western Stars' Film Will Premiere in Toronto

    “Western Stars,” the film that Bruce Springsteen has made to accompany his recent album of the same name, will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, it was announced Tuesday. The feature is being listed as a co-directing project between Springsteen and his longtime filmic collaborator, Thom Zimny, who just picked up [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content