Paul McCartney and Capitol Records today announced the former Beatle will release a new double A-sided single with the songs “I Don't Know” and “Come On To Me” on Wednesday, June 20. The new songs will be a prelude to an album release coming in the fall. The LP is as yet officially untitled, though indications point to it being called Egypt Station. Some of the picture clues posted by McCartney's social media accounts had that title and his Twitter account has now added an #egyptstation hashtag.
A press release described the two new songs as having completely different styles. “I Don't Know” is a soulful ballad, while “Come On To Me” is an uptempo rocker. “Come On To Me” was played for the first time when he performed live at the Philharmonic Pub last week in Liverpool during a visit to his hometown. A fan-made video of the song turned up on YouTube shortly after the performance. McCartney had surprised locals and tourists by suddenly turning up with James Corden of CBS' “The Late Late Show” to film a segment of Carpool Karaoke. As part of the filming, the pair also went to the statues of the four Beatles on the Liverpool waterfront, McCartney's childhood home on Forthlin Road and “the shelter in the middle of the roundabout” on Penny Lane mentioned in the song by The Beatles. CBS has announced the segment will air on June 21.
The release of the two new songs follows a week of daily clues posted on McCartney's social media accounts that had fans feverishly trying to guess what it all meant. The LP release this fall will be his first album under his new deal with Capitol Records that was announced in 2016. More details on the album and its release will be forthcoming, the announcement today said.
McCartney recently added four new reissues to his McCartney Archive Series -- NEW, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Wings Greatest and Thrillington. All were released in single CD digipaks, 180gram black vinyl and in limited edition 180gram color vinyl pressings.