McCartney teams up with Adele's producer

Paul McCartney said in a radio interview that he was "in the middle" of a new album, his first since 2013.
Paul McCartney said in a radio interview that he was "in the middle" of a new album, his first since 2013.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK • Paul McCartney has revealed that he is working on a new album with the producer best known for Adele's Hello.

The former Beatle said in a radio interview that he was "in the middle" of the new album, his first since 2013.

He said he was collaborating with Greg Kurstin, the American producer who co-wrote Hello, the piano ballad that helped make Adele's latest album, 25, a massive commercial success. Kurstin has also worked extensively with pop singer Sia and rocker Beck.

"My only worry is people are going to go, 'Oh, there's Paul going with the flavour of the month,'" McCartney said in the weekend interview on BBC Radio 6 Music.

"I suppose you always think the worst of it. But he's a great guy," he added, describing himself as "beavering away, doing what I love to do".

The 74-year-old said he was not thinking much about how he will be remembered after a year in which fellow rock greats including David Bowie and Prince died.

But he said his fellow Beatle John Lennon, who was murdered in 1980, had once asked him for reassurance about his legacy after he died.

"It was funny, you know - you wouldn't think John would even have a remote bit of insecurity about it.

"But I think people do. You think, what are they going to say? Are they going to take your worst reviews... or take your best stuff?

"Luckily, it won't matter because I won't be here."

He also mourned Chuck Berry, the rock 'n' roll pioneer who died on March 18 at age 90.

"We copied a lot from his guitar style. He was just a huge influence," McCartney said. "His lyrics to me are like American poetry. They just capture that sort of high school stuff, the rock 'n' roll and the cars."

The Beatles classic Come Together drew inspiration from Berry's You Can't Catch Me, leading to a dispute with his record label.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 29, 2017, with the headline 'McCartney teams up with Adele's producer'. Print Edition | Subscribe