But the coronavirus pandemic changed that. While in lockdown in the UK, he was able to polish unfinished songs and piece together a few new ones. The result is an all-new album, “McCartney III,” which hits stores Dec. 11.

The self-produced “McCartney III” follows in the footsteps of 1970’s “McCartney” and 1980’s “McCartney II.” It’s “mostly built from live takes of Paul on vocals and guitar or piano, overdubbing his bass playing, drumming, etc. atop that foundation,” according to a press release.

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“I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day,” McCartney says in the release. “I had to do a little bit of work on some film music and that turned into the opening track and then when it was done I thought what will I do next?