PAUL McCARTNEY: Something NEW is an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look into the creative life of the most successful artist in music history. Viacom’s hi-def music network Palladia will premiere the one-hour program on Thursday, December 5th at 9:00 PM ET. VH1 Classic will also air the special on Friday, December 13th at 9:00 PM ET/PT. Something NEW features incredible live and backstage footage shot around the world during his amazing run of shows in 2013 and documents the creation of Paul McCartney’s recently released album NEW. Rapturously received upon its October release, NEW has rightfully earned some of the best critical notices of Paul’s solo discography, including Rolling Stone placing it high in their Top 50 Albums of 2013 and raving “As Macca understands better than almost anyone, rock & roll is fueled by a hunger for good times and an ageless exuberance.”
Directed by Don Letts, whose credits include the GRAMMY-winning The Clash: Westway to the World, the program also integrates intimate footage of the actual recording process along with vivid memories and incisive reflections of Paul and the album’s star-studded production team.
There was no particular plan for Paul McCartney’s sixteenth studio album. The initial intention was to go in and demo with a handful of producers, and see who was the right fit for the full album. There is Paul Epworth, architect of Adele’s monstrously successful 21 and Mark Ronson, known for his work on Amy Winehouse’s classic recordings. And close to the family, there is Giles Martin and Ethan Johns, both celebrated producers in their own right and both sons of men renowned for their prominent roles in Paul’s previous works. “I did a lot of work with Giles’s Dad, George, in Beatles days; Glyn Johns worked with us on Let It Be and Wings stuff,” Paul says in case anyone needed reminding.
Chronicling yet another peak into Paul McCartney’s legendary career, Something NEW is a rare glimpse into his incomparable artistry, his creative process and the incredible impact his music has all over the world.
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Palladia, Viacom Media Networks’ high-definition music channel, launched in January 2006 and features original music-based programming for a variety of music genres, including hip hop, rock, country, pop, contemporary, classic rock, alternative rock, soul and more, as well as HDTV acquisitions and original content from Viacom Music Group’s MTV, VH1, and CMT family of services. The channel has grown to 32 million households and is available on major U.S. carriers including Comcast, Cox, Verizon FiOS, Time Warner, Dish, DIRECTV, Charter, AT&T u-Verse, Cablevision and Insight.