The Beatles' online fan community is all a buzz over rumors that Paul McCartney is finally prepping his third one-man-band album, presumably titled McCartney III. McCartney famously kicked off both the 1970's and ''80s with solo sets and new clues are leading fans to believe that 2020 might end with the third all-McCartney collection.
During a recent chat with GQ, “Macca” spoke about creating new music while in isolation: “I’ve been able to write and get into music, starting songs, finishing songs. I've had a few little things to write and it’s given me the time to finish some songs that I hadn’t found the time to get around to, you know? I’ve been recording using lots of hand wipes and disinfectant and social distancing, which was good because I don’t like not working.”
According to The Daily Beatle, some recent moves behind the scenes might be pointing to a new release this year: “Some people have been looking at songs registered by McCartney on the ASCAP site, and found these unreleased titles: 'Special Day,' 'Quiet Moment,' and 'Til You Drop.' it was recently revealed that the domain name 'mccartneyiii.com' had been registered by CSC Corporate Domains on August 28, 2020 — this is the same company who registered 'paulmccartney.com,' and recently, 'flaming-pie.com.'”
Last May marked the 40th anniversary of Paul McCartney's second one-man-band collection, 1980's McCartney II. The album, which peaked at Number Three, received a mixed critical reaction upon release, yet is now thought of as one of the most groundbreaking sets of the decade. McCartney explained that although there have been no overtly obvious solo releases like the McCartney albums — the one-man-band concept lives on in his recent work: “I've always had in the back of my mind a McCartney III thing, but some of them have turned into Fireman (projects) — for instance the Fireman's latest (album) Electric Arguments could be said to be in the category, 'cause I played and sung pretty much everything on it. But it's always in the back of my mind — when I get a moment's time!”