New (Paul McCartney song)

New (Paul McCartney song)

Single by Paul McCartney
from the album New
Released 2 September 2013
(see release history)
Format Digital download
Genre Pop[1][2]
Length 2:57
Label Universal Music Group (UK)
Hear Music (US)
Writer(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) Mark Ronson
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"Out Of Sight"
(The Bloody Beetroots)
"Queenie Eye"
Music video
"New" 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

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.



Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "New"   2:57

Chart performance

Chart (2013) Peak
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[10] 4
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[11] 21
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[12] 18

Release history

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom[13] 2 September 2013 Digital download Universal Music Group International
United States[14] 3 September 2013 Hear Music


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  10. ^ "Paul McCartney – Chart history" Japan Hot 100 for Paul McCartney. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Paul McCartney – Chart history" Billboard Adult Alternative Songs for Paul McCartney. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Paul McCartney – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Paul McCartney. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
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