-- A charming video of Paul McCartney singing a stripped-down, off-the-cuff version of his latest single, "New," with help from his longtime backing group can be viewed now at the rock legend's official website and YouTube channel. The impromptu clip was filmed backstage at Sir Paul's August 14 concert in Regina, Canada.
As the black-and-white clip starts, we hear McCartney whistling the song's melody and then see him enter his dressing room. He soon begins singing the beginning of "New" as he puts on a jacket and fixes his hair in a mirror. The scene quickly cuts to show McCartney and the members of his touring band -- drummer Abe Laboriel Jr., keyboardist Paul "Wix" Wickens and guitarists Brian Ray and Rusty Anderson -- gathered together backstage as they perform the rest of the tune.
The performance is entirely a cappella, with harmonies reminiscent of The Beach Boys, save for an acoustic guitar strummed by Anderson.
In related news, the studio version of "New" will be featured in the upcoming animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The movie focuses on the further adventures of a character named Flint Lockwood, an inventor who devised a machine that is creating deadly food animals -- "foodimals" -- such as tacodiles, shrimpanzees and watermelophants.
"I loved watching the first Cloudy with my kids, so I'm very happy to have my new song included in Cloudy 2," says McCartney.
Sony Pictures executive Lia Vollack adds, "We're thrilled and honored to have Paul's infectious and inspiring song in the film. The sequence in the film is about Flint Lockwood optimistically beginning what he thinks will be a new and exciting chapter in his life, so as soon as we heard 'New' we thought that everything about it was perfect."
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 will hit theaters sometime this fall. "New" is available for purchase now as a digital single and will appear on McCartney's forthcoming album of the same name, which will be released on October 15.
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