One day after the surprise release on Aug. 29 of Paul McCartney’s bouncy new single “New,” it’s been getting a lot of attention and great reviews from McCartney fans who posted comments on our Facebook page and on iTunes. The video on YouTube, which you can see on this page, has over 470,000 views in its 1 1/2 days online.
McCartney did a series of promotional radio interviews to plug the single with Zoe Bell on BBC2 in the UK, and with Helen Lecht on WXPN in Philadelphia, Steve Seel and Jill Riley of The Current in Minnesota and Terri Hemmert on WXRT in Chicago in the U.S. Friday evening, the song was ranked at #181 on the iTunes sales chart.
“What happened was … about a year and a half ago, I had so many songs I’d written that it was time to do something with them and get in the studio,” he told Lecht. “I was looking around for producers and I had a few names of people whose work I liked. Paul Epworth, because he’d done all the Adele recordings which I loved. Ethan Johns, who’d done Kings of Leon. Mark Ronson, who’d much earlier done Amy Winehouse and Giles Martin, who did the Beatles “Love” show. So you know, the idea was just do one track with each one and then decide who I thought would be the best for the album. I ended up falling for them all. I just thought we had such a good time in kind of different ways. … So I ended up working with them all.”
“I’m certainly been really enjoying making this album,” he told Hemmert, “and as you say touring and doing all those little side projects. I love what I do. I love music. It’s always great to get a chance to get into the studio, especially when you’ve got a bunch of new songs … I was very lucky because I worked with some cool producers and I had a lot of fun doing it.”
Fans were raving about the song.
“This morning , when i woke up , i heard it for the first time .It was so emotional for me that i got tears of joy .My thoughts were how wonderful it is that Paul is still with us and that he still has the magic to give me a positive and happy feeling .So i m very grateful !!!,” Wim DeLang wrote, also on Facebook.
“Heard the song this morning and…..it was like a breath of fresh air…..it just made me happy. With all the nonsense anymore (VMA anyone??) hearing this “new” song was like sitting down with a cup of coffee and renewing with a good friend. Can’t wait for the album…..the man is amazing….still…..after all these years……,” wrote Gene Flanagan.
Jonathan Mosen on Twitter: “ I think it’s the best thing he’s done since ‘Coming Up.’ Bought it from iTunes, stuck it on repeat. Brilliant!”
Jeremy B. In the UK, also on Twitter: “Downloaded last night from iTunes &can’t stop playing it!”
Pop Culture Examiner Jeremy Roberts told us on Facebook, “Great song that illustrates McCartney’s fine pop roots; looks like working with Mark Ronson was a huge plus; unfortunately, calling a song “New” is a terrible idea; will be awfully tough for fans/music aficionados to search a song title called “New;” there must be thousands of songs with that title.”
Thomas McConnell didn’t waste any time in covering the song, posting a video to Facebook and YouTube the day of its release. His version was praised by many, including McCartney guitarist Brian Ray.
ORDERING DETAILS: The deluxe version of the album can now be ordered on iTunes and on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. You can order the vinyl on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Also available on Amazon.co.uk is a Mint Pack.
PROGRAM NOTE: Ken Michaels and yours truly put out a special bonus edition of our “Things We Said Today” Beatles news show Friday in which we give our first impressions of the song. It’s also on iTunes.
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