LATEST: Sir Paul McCartney has confirmed he'll be the first artist to sign to a new joint record label formed by coffee chain Starbucks and the Concord Music Group.
The former beatle's as-yet-untitled new album will be released on the new label, Hear Music, in June (07).
MCCartney says, "This is something I've been working on for a little while now."
And he insists his first album for the new label will be one of his best: "A lot of it's very personal to me. The songs are in some ways a little bit retrospective. Some of them are of now, some of them hark back to the past, but all of them are songs I'm very proud of."
The coffee chain's profile as a music retail outlet spiked in 2005 when the company's Ray Charles duets compilation, GENIUS LOVES COMPANY, became a chart-topping sensation and picked up eight Grammy Awards.
The new label has also struck deals to release upcoming projects by Alanis Morissette and Bob Dylan.