[UPDATE 3/11/21 1 p.m. ET]: The rumors are true: Paul McCartney will release a covers project of his latest studio album, McCartney III, with some of the brightest stars of today’s music world. Titled McCartney III Imagined, the 11-track digital release is due out on April 16th through Capitol Records. A 12-track physical release is slated for later this summer, with an Idris Elba remix of “Long Tailed Winter Bird” available only on the physical copy.
The album will feature appearances by St. Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers, Damon Albarn (Gorillaz), Beck, Josh Homme, Khruangbin, 3D of Massive Attack, Ed O’Brien (Radiohead), Dominic Fike, Blood Orange, Anderson .Paak, and actor/producer Idris Elba who have all been tasked with remixing or reimagining a track from McCartney III.
Along with the announcement, McCartney has shared Dominic Fike’s take on “The Kiss of Venus”. Stream the track below and scroll down to see the full tracklist. McCartney III Imagined is available here for pre-order.
Paul McCartney – The Kiss of Venus III Imagined: Dominic Fike (Official Video)
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McCartney III Imagined Tracklist:
01. Find My Way (feat. Beck)
02. The Kiss of Venus (Dominic Fike)
03. Pretty Boys (feat. Khruangbin)
04. Women And Wives (St. Vincent Remix)
05. Deep Down (Blood Orange Remix)
06. Seize The Day (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
07. Slidin’ (EOB Remix)
08. Long Tailed Winter Bird (Damon Albarn Remix)
09. Lavatory Lil (Josh Homme)
10. When Winter Comes (Anderson .Paak Remix)
11. Deep Deep Feeling (3D RDN Remix)
12. Long Tailed Winter Bird (Idris Elba Remix) *
* = Physical release exclusive track
[Originally published 3/11/21 10 a.m. ET]: Paul McCartney has something up his sleeve, and it involves a number of today’s contemporary pop artists ranging from Damon Albarn (Gorillaz), Beck, Anderson .Paak, Phoebe Bridgers, and more.
A brief video shared to McCartney’s Instagram on Wednesday shows 12 dice, each with a different color, a different name, and all bearing the three dots that would connect the message to McCartney’s latest studio album, McCartney III, which arrived late last year. Other names seen on the dice in the video included St. Vincent, Khruangbin, Josh Homme, 3D, Ed O’Brien, Dominic Fike, and Blood Orange.
McCartney didn’t share any other details to go with the video, but fans are taking it amongst themselves to connect the (dice) dots to assume that a covers project featuring the above-mentioned artists and the songs from the McCartney III tracklist is being planned for release in the near future.
Watch the teaser video below.
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McCartney returned to the headlines last month when he announced his forthcoming semi-autobiographical book, The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present. The 960-page book (split into two volumes) will recount his career in showbusiness along with his personal journey through the lyrics of 154 songs written over the span of his life, from his first attempts at teenage songwriter, through his years with The Beatles, Wings, and his solo career. Click here for pre-order info