It looks like Paul McCartney is getting serious about that new album that his drummer dropped a few hints about several weeks ago.

The U.K.'s Sun tabloid (via Contactmusic) quotes an unnamed source as saying that McCartney has hired an array of producers for the sessions, including the previously announced Mark Ronson, frequent Adele collaborator Paul Epworth, and a pair of second-generation production icons: Giles Martin, son of famed Beatles producer Sir George Martin, and Ethan Johns, son of Glyn Johns, whose many classic rock credits include 'The Who by Numbers,' the Eagles' first album, and Eric Clapton's 'Slowhand.'

"Paul's team are very excited about the album," the Sun's source said. "They hope it will take him back to the top of the pop charts. The people working with him certainly know how to do that."

As we reported during the spring, Ronson worked on three songs with McCartney, later musing, "He’s done every kind of music. He invented the rule book in several different ways. I don’t know if (our stuff) is revolutionary, but they’re brilliant songs. I just tried to give him a sound he was looking for."

No title or release date has been announced for the new LP, but Contactmusic's report suggests it's on target to come out before the end of 2013.

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