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Exclusive: Paul McCartney tells me that his new album will arrive this year, before the of 2013. It may be sooner than that. The only reason McCartney would play at Clear Channel’s I Heart Radio confab in late September–which he seems to be doing– is to promote the new album. (It’s not like Clear Channel has to be persuaded to play classic Macca or Beatles.)

I ran into McCartney last night at Clive Davis’s swanky book party in the Hamptons. The eternally young ex Beatle and I discussed his recent collaboration with Italian deejays The Bloody Beetroots. I also mentioned to him how much I love Sing the Changes from his latest Fireman album. These are all considered experimental by Paul, whose last album of new material was the excellent “Memory Almost Full” in 2007.

When I asked if the new album was coming after the new year, McCartney looked surprised. “No,” he said, “Now. Before that.”

That means that 2013 was the year of Bowie, Stewart, Sting, Elton, two new Stones songs, four new Fleetwood Mac songs, a few things from Prince, Eric Burdon, Jimi Hendrix, and now Paul. (The Rod Stewart album, called “Time,” was botched in the U.S.)

Other reports suggest the McCartney album will be very modern with Mark Ronson producing at least three tracks. We are ready!

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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