Sir Paul McCartney has revealed exclusively to Billboard details of several upcoming projects. The former Beatles and Wings star is working on a new solo album for MPL/Capitol, which he is producing w

Sir Paul McCartney has revealed exclusively to Billboard details of several upcoming projects. The former Beatles and Wings star is working on a new solo album for MPL/Capitol, which he is producing with David Kahne. With a possible release by year's end, the album will include a hymn-like homage to McCartney's late wife, Linda.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, the two-disc Wings anthology "Wingspan" will be released May 8 on MPL/Capitol, accompanied by a TV special of the same name directed by McCartney's 31-year-old daughter Mary, to air on ABC in the U.S.

"The priority has been the album, and then one or two funky mixes that we're doing for radio," McCartney tells Billboard editor in chief Timothy White. "There are songs on there that strictly speaking aren't Wings. We've stretched the envelope ... I always like value for money. You get all this music -- over two and a half hours of it -- for the price of one CD."

One disc is titled "Hits"; it features 19 tracks such as "Band On The Run," "Live And Let Die," and "Silly Love Songs." The other, "History," has 22 tracks, including album cuts "Tug Of War" and "Let Me Roll It," and a new mix of "No More Lonely Nights."

Finally, a boxed set devoted to Wings will be out by the holidays on MPL/Capitol, with a wealth of rarities, studio outtakes, and previously unissued, early live tracks.

Meanwhile, McCartney is still enjoying the success of the Beatles compilation "1," which has sold 23 million units worldwide, according to Capitol. "It's fantastic, lovely. I took the time over Christmas to listen to it, and I really like it. I thought, 'Shit, this is good.'"

Reflecting on the current music climate, he adds that he takes pride in the fact that the Beatles championed "peace, love, and human values" over "avarice and hatred." He says, "When you think about it, John did 'Give Peace A Chance'; George was doing a thing against the 'Taxman.' Well, we were very courageous people."

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