July 15, 2012 15:42

Paul McCartney hires Mark Ronson to produce new album?

The pair reportedly spent this week working together in a New York recording studio

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Paul McCartney has reportedly recruited Mark Ronson to produce his new album.

The pair, who apparently met when Ronson was DJ at McCartney's 2011 wedding to Nancy Shevell, are said to have spent this week working together in New York. A source told the Sunday Mirror: "This week they went to the studio and started knocking about together to see what they can do together. Everybody's really excited about the prospect of Mark working with Paul."

In February, McCartney released his 15th solo LP, an album of traditional pop and jazz covers called 'Kisses On The Bottom'. However, the Beatles legend reportedly wants to return to a more contemporary sound for his next project. The source added: "Paul respects Mark's knowledge and is wanting to produce a classic album with a young hip edge. And obviously Mark is over the moon to be working with a Beatle."

Ronson took home the Producer of the Year trophy at the 2008 Grammy Awards for his work on Amy Winehouse's 'Back To Black' album. He has since helmed records for Kaiser Chiefs, Duran Duran and Rufus Wainwright.

Yesterday (July 14), McCartney joined Bruce Springsteen onstage as The Boss brought the second night of Hard Rock Calling in London to a close. The rock legends joined forces for 'I Saw Her Standing There' and 'Twist And Shout', the final songs in Springsteen's three-hour-plus set. However, festival organisers made a controversial decision to pull the plug on the encore while the pair were still addressing the crowd.

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