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.”

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