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New McCartney single "Hope for the Future" out Dec. 8

Paul McCartney's "Hope for the Future," penned for the Destiny video game, will be out officially as a single Dec. 8.

Not sure that day - the anniversary of John Lennon's murder - is the best timing to release a song of that title, or maybe it is. Whatever.

Details from Paul's offical site:

'Hope For The Future' - New Single Release Details

Paul’s new song 'Hope For The Future' will be globally released on Monday 8th December. The song was written by Paul for the record-breaking video game 'Destiny', and until now has been exclusively available within the game itself. Produced by Giles Martin, 'Hope For The Future' is as epic as the game, which sold-through more than $325 million worldwide in its first five days.
It goes without saying that Paul has written countless hit singles, orchestral scores, electronica works, film themes, and has consistently changed the world with his music. Listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the 'World’s Most Successful Composer and Recording Artist of All Time', Paul has now added another first to his impressive list: 'Hope For The Future' marks the first time that Paul has ever written specifically for a video game — one poised to become the most successful franchise of its kind.

Details of the release are confirmed today and the original version of the track from the 'Destiny' credits will be made digitally available alongside four special mixes.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1) 'Hope For The Future (Main)'
2) 'Hope For The Future (Thrash)'
3) 'Hope For The Future (Beatsession Mix)'
4) 'Hope For The Future (Jaded Mix)'
5) 'Hope For The Future (Mirwais Mix)'

Talking about the writing process Paul said:
“When you’re writing something like 'Hope For The Future', which is custom made, it is like doing a portrait for someone. You have to use your imagination and work out what they need, what they're going to want and then what you want to give them. Then you’ve got to combine those three things into something that you still think maintains integrity. So in the game you're a Guardian of the last city on Earth so that suggested to me the ‘hope for the future’ idea and I went from there. Then I thought it is not just a game song, this will get played outside the game so it has got to be stand alone too, you can’t have references to aliens or people will think, ‘What’s he talking about?’ So it had to have its own stand alone meaning and integrity.”

From Bungie, the creators of the 'Halo' franchise, Activision Publishing Inc., the creators and publishers that brought you 'Call of Duty', 'Destiny' is the biggest new video game franchise launch in history and one of the biggest entertainment launches of the year.