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10 March 2021

Paul McCartney Teases ‘McCartney III’ Reworking By Various Artists

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Paul McCartney has shared a short video on his Instagram stories that shows a selection of 12 coloured dice rolling around, revealing the names of a selection of famous artists and suggesting that a new edition of his McCartney III is on the horizon.

The dice are a nod to his latest album, McCartney III which feature three dice on the album cover. They also feature in the video, in green, red and white, a possible nod to the limited edition colours that the record was released in on vinyl.

In the video, 12 dice can be seen and when you pause the video you can make out the names of the following musicians: Beck, Dominic Fike, Idris Elba, Anderson .Paak, Blood Orange, Damon Albarn, Khruangbin, Josh Homme, 3D, Phoebe Bridgers, St Vincent, and Ed O’Brien. There are 12 artists listed and 11 tracks on the album, so it may be that two of them have worked together on a song – perhaps Damon Albarn and Massive Attack’s 3D, who have worked together before.

It is unclear just yet whether those artists will be duetting with McCartney, remixing the songs, or rerecording them for a new version of the record but St Vincent shared the video on her own Twitter page, with the caption “soon”, while Radiohead‘s Ed O’Brien shared the video with an emoji of a pair of eyes.

McCartney released McCartney III on 18 December 2020, having created the record in lockdown. It follows on from 1970’s McCartney and 1980’s McCartney II. He is due to release the book, Paul McCartney: The Lyrics. Speaking about the work he said, ‘More often than I can count, I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right. The one thing I’ve always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is to write new songs. I know that some people, when they get to a certain age, like to go to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I have no such notebooks. What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, which I’ve learned serve much the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life.’ It will show him recounting “his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career – from his earliest boyhood compositions through the legendary decade of The Beatles, to Wings and his solo albums to the present”.

He also shared the video for the making of When Winter Comes, an animated video created by artist Geoff Dunbar for the final song of the album.

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