New (Paul McCartney song)

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New Single Cover.jpg
Single by Paul McCartney
from the album New
Released2 September 2013
FormatDigital download
Recorded2012, March 2013
Songwriter(s)Paul McCartney
Producer(s)Mark Ronson
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"Out Of Sight"
"Queenie Eye"
Music video
"New" (Lyric Video) on YouTube

"New" is a song written by Paul McCartney. It was originally recorded by McCartney and produced by English musician Mark Ronson for McCartney's sixteenth studio album New, and appears as the sixth track on the album. After being released early on the iTunes Store as a track available to download from New on 28 August 2013, the song was released as a single on 2 September 2013 and available exclusively on The single's premiere on 28 August was concurrent with the official reveal of New on the same day. The single gained heavy airplay on Japanese radio stations, where it became a number 4 hit on the Japan Hot 100.

The single joined BBC Radio 2's playlist and the album of the same name was their Record of the Week.

The song appears in both the opening and the end credits of the 2013 animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.[3]


"New" was greeted positively by critics and the musical press. As well as being selected as BBC Radio 2's Record of the Week[4][5] and placed on their A-list,[6] the track was greeted as the "Track of the Day" by Mojo which praised its "doe-eyed optimism, irresistible melody" and "orchestrated pop arrangements".[7] Rolling Stone's Will Hermes, praised its "bouncy harpsichord-laden melody", giving it a four-star rating and drawing comparisons to the Beatles' "Got to Get You into My Life",[8] a view shared by The Daily Telegraph which described it as a "jaunty, Beatles-esque stomp".[9]

Live performances[edit]

McCartney performed the song live on late night shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as well as at the iHeartRadio Music Festival where he premiered it as well as several other songs off the new album.


Track listing[edit]

Digital download

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
Argentina (Top 100)[10] 12
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[11] 12
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[12] 12
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[13] 4
Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard)[14] 25
Poland (LP3)[15] 32
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 105
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[17] 21
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[18] 18
World Adult Top 20 Singles[19] 15

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom[20] 2 September 2013 Digital download Universal Music Group International
United States[21] 3 September 2013 Hear Music


  1. ^ "Paul McCartney releases 'New' song from New album". Consequence of Sound. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  2. ^ Friedman, Joely (13 November 2013). "Paul McCartney's "New" Still Holds Value for Young Listeners". Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Sony Pictures Animation's "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2" Gets "New" Music From Paul McCartney". PR Newswire. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  4. ^ "For Whom The Bell Tells… Issue 24". 17 September 2013. Archived from the original on 20 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "BBC Radio 2 Playlist". BBC. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  6. ^ "BBC Radio 2 Playlist". BBC. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  7. ^ Bennett, Ross (29 August 2013). "Paul McCartney – "New"". Mojo. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ Hermes, Will (10 September 2013). "Paul McCartney "New"". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  9. ^ Lachno, James (29 August 2013). "Paul McCartney posts 'New' single online". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  10. ^ Argentina Radio [1]
  11. ^ " – Paul McCartney – {{{song}}}" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  12. ^ " – Paul McCartney – {{{song}}}" (in French). Ultratip.
  13. ^ "Paul McCartney Chart History (Japan Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
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  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  17. ^ "Paul McCartney Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  18. ^ "Paul McCartney Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
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  20. ^ "New (Single)". Paul McCartney discography. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  21. ^ "New". Paul McCartney discography. Retrieved 13 October 2013.