Paul McCartney's first studio album in two years, "Driving Rain," is set for a Nov. 13 release in North America via Capitol, a spokesperson for the former Beatle confirms. As McCartney told Billboard
Paul McCartney's first studio album in two years, "Driving Rain," is set for a Nov. 13 release in North America via Capitol, a spokesperson for the former Beatle confirms. As McCartney told Billboard earlier this year, the set was produced by David Kahne (Sugar Ray). It's the artist's first album of original material since 1997's "Flaming Pie," which debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and sold 663,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.
In April, McCartney told the audience at his poetry reading  at New York's 92nd Street Y that he was "working on a new album of what I'd call regular songs." He spent two weeks in Los Angeles with Kahne and three session musicians, and described the band as "really fresh. It just sizzled. I trusted in the philosophy that something would happen, and we had a great time with these guys."
There's no word yet on a final tracklist or whether McCartney plans to tour in support of "Driving Rain." However, it's likely the set will address in song both the 1998 death of his wife Linda and his recent engagement to activist Heather Mills.
As previously reported , McCartney will be the subject of two tribute albums due next month from Oglio Records. The first, "Listen to What the Man Said: Popular Artists Pay Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney," is due Oct. 9 and features covers of McCartney songs by such artists as Matthew Sweet, Semisonic, and They Might Be Giants. The second, due Oct. 23, spotlights a slew of independent rock acts.
On Oct. 16, McCartney offers a salute of his own with a version of Elvis Presley's "That's All Right" on a Sun Records tribute album, "Good Rockin' Tonight." The cover is the opening track on the London/Sire set, which also features contributions from Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Elton John, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton.
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