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New Paul McCartney song Hope For The Future unveiled

A new Paul McCartney song, Hope For The Future, has emerged on YouTube.

The song, which will be released as a single, is taken from the soundtrack of the video game Destiny, made by Bungie and Activision. McCartney co-wrote the score for the first-person shooter, working with Bungie's in-house composer Marty O'Donnell, and Mike Salvatori.

Hope For The Future was recorded with a 120-piece orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, London. The orchestra was directed by Giles Martin, and the song was produced by Mark 'Spike' Stent.

He contributed orchestral elements to the game. We have a team of composers here in the building who actually score the game to the action, so they put in a lot of work. We don't want to dismiss those guys. But Paul contributing to the soundtrack is amazing. And he wrote a new single for the game as well.

There was no check involved, big or otherwise. He's in it for the creativity. He got a wonderful opportunity to reach an audience that wouldn't typically be immersed in Paul McCartney. They might hear the name — of course he's everywhere, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics, obviously he's touring and recording nonstop — but he sees it as a way to reach a new audience that might not otherwise hear his music.

Eric Osbourne
Community manager, Bungie

Paul McCartney is to marry Nancy Shevell

Sir Paul McCartney is engaged to be married to Nancy Shevell, a spokesman has confirmed.

The musician, 68, recently proposed to Shevell, 51. The couple have been together since November 2007.

Shevell is a member of the board of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and vice president of a family-owned transportation conglomerate which owns New England Motor Freight.

This will be McCartney's third marriage. His first, to Linda McCartney in 1969, ended when she died from breast cancer in 1998. His second marriage was to Heather Mills in 2002, but the couple separated in 2006 and divorced two years later.

Nancy Shevell was formerly married to lawyer Bruce Blakeman. They have a grown-up son, Arlen, currently a university student. She is reportedly on good terms with McCartney's children - Heather, 48, Mary, 41, Stella, 39, James, 33, and Beatrice, seven.

McCartney is said to have proposed to Shevell in New York last weekend. A date for the wedding has not yet been revealed.

The news was confirmed by a McCartney spokesman, who said "It's true". McCartney's brother Michael, 67, was unware of the engagement until contacted by reporters, saying: "It's a surprise to me - but it's wonderful."