Paul McCartney has announced the release of McCartney III, a new album he recorded during lockdown.

Th record follows on from the 1970s album McCartney and McCartney II from the 1980s. McCartney III will complete the trilogy, and marks his 18th solo studio album. It is slated for release on December 11.

The new album is described as "a stripped back, self-produced - quite literally, solo work marking the opening of a new decade, in the tradition of 1970's McCartney and 1980's McCartney II."

The singer explained how the new album came about, saying it was a result of "living lockdown life".

"I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day," he said. 

"I had to do a little bit of work on some film music and that turned into the opening track and then when it was done I thought what will I do next? I had some stuff I’d worked on over the years but sometimes time would run out and it would be left half-finished so I started thinking about what I had.

He added, "Each day I’d start recording with the instrument I wrote the song on and then gradually layer it all up, it was a lot of fun. It was about making music for yourself rather than making music that has to do a job. So, I just did stuff I fancied doing. I had no idea this would end up as an album," he added.

His daughter Mary took the pictures for this album cover.

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