MJ Kim/MPL Communications Ltd.In a year that marked the 50th anniversary of the arrival of The Beatles' debut U.K. album, Please Please Me, Paul McCartney proved that he's far from finished creating new, fresh music. 2013 saw the release of a couple of interesting one-off collaborations featuring the rock icon, as well as an acclaimed full-length studio album, NEW, on which Sir Paul explored a variety of styles with the help of multiple producers.
McCartney teamed up with ex-Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear to write and record the song "Cut Me Some Slack," which was released in March as part of the soundtrack to Grohl's Sound City documentary. The musicians had introduced the noisy rock tune the previous December at the star-studded 12-12-12 benefit concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
McCartney also was featured on a track titled "Out of Sight" by Italian electronic dance artist The Bloody Beetroots that was released as a single in June. The song also included contributions from producer and founding Killing Joke member Martin Glover, aka Youth, who previously collaborated on McCartney's own electronica project, The Fireman.
NEW, meanwhile, arrived in stores on October 15. The collection featured 12 songs that McCartney recorded with the help of four producers: Giles Martin, son of longtime Beatles producer George Martin; Mark Ronson; Adele collaborator Paul Epworth; and Ethan Johns, son of veteran studio whiz Glyn Johns. McCartney explained that the idea behind NEW "was to go to a couple of producers whose work I loved, to see who I got on with best -- but it turned out I got on with all of them! We made something really different with each producer, so I couldn't choose and ended up working with all four."
To promote NEW, McCartney played several free mini-concerts, including one in Los Angeles on Hollywood Boulevard, one in New York City's ***** Square, and one in ****** Garden in London. Sir Paul also played about 30 or so full-length shows all over the globe in 2013, including dates in Brazil, the U.S., Canada, Poland, Italy, Austria and Japan.
Back in February, McCartney was honored with his 17th Grammy Award, the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album prize for his 2012 standards collection Kisses on the Bottom. As the year came to an end, the ex-Beatles legend received four more Grammy nominations, including a Best Rock Song nod for "Cut Me Some Slack." ***** find out this coming January 26 if ***** get to add to his Grammy total.
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