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Paul McCartney's Dance Tonight to receive YouTube debut

Paul McCartney

Story by Jack Foley

PAUL McCartney’s new music video Dance Tonight from his soon to be released 21st studio recording Memory Almost Full, will be internationally premiered on YouTube on May 23.

This will be the first screening of the video anywhere in the world. Filmed in London last March, the video stars Paul McCartney, Natalie Portman and Mackenzie Crook.

It was directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) and will be available to watch on YouTube from 12 noon (UK time) on Wednesday, May 23.

Paul explained: “I had seen Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind that Michel had directed and had really liked it. I thought it had a good sense of humour and was a very well-made film.

“His work is really simple, witty and just good fun. The connection with Natalie came from my daughter Stella, who makes non-leather shoes that Natalie buys, so I just thought: “Well, I’ll ring her up and just see if she’ll do it”.

“I rang her up and said: “Hey I’m Stella’s dad!” She had a bit of time off as she was between films so it was great. I mentioned that I wanted to work with Michel Gondry and it turned out that Natalie was a fan of his.”

The video for Dance Tonight will be featured and promoted through the Director Videos slots on YouTube, which sit at the top of the homepage.

Dance Tonight is built around a mandolin part – and the mandolin also plays an important part in the video.

Natalie Portman appears as a futurist electronic ghost that reacts to the sound of the mandolin. As the video develops more ghosts appear. All the ghost effects are done in camera: the ghosts are actually evolving in front of a glass separation that reflects their image into the shot.

This technique is based on smoke and mirror effects of magic tricks (known as the Pepper’s Ghost effect) and other early cinema effects.

The results are stunning and give the effect of realism that can’t be obtained with post-production effects.

Dance Tonight is the opening track on Paul’s new studio album Memory Almost Full, (UK release June 4/US release June 5), Paul McCartney’s 21st solo album.

It will be the first release on new Hear Music (the label formed between Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Music Group).