Paul McCartney booked himself a ticket from Egypt Station to the top of the charts.
The Beatles legend scored his first number one album in more than 36 years with the release of Egypt Station, his 18th solo studio album.
“You know, it feels really great. ‘Cause you can’t get much higher than No. 1, you know? It really feels great,” he recently told Billboard. “We put a lot of really hard work into it. Me and all the guys on the team. Greg Kurstin, Ryan Tedder, all our engineers. We’ve got a great little team. Everyone really worked hard. We put our heart and soul into it.”
“I must say the people involved in the campaign too. My manager Scott Rodger. My publicity guys. We’ve had a really fun time,” he continued. “I said to everyone originally, “Look, let’s try to enjoy this. Let’s not just think, ‘Oh my god, we gotta go promote an album.’ Let’s try and think of ideas that will actually excite us.”
Those exciting ideas led McCartney to “The Late Late Show” with James Corden for some “Carpool Karaoke”, as well as a Grand-Central show livestreamed on YouTube.
McCartney, 76, debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart as a solo act for the first time ever in the week ending Sept. 13. Tug of War is his last solo album to top the charts, but that project did not do so in its first week.
The legendary singer-songwriter’s latest project achieved larger than expected sales after its Sept. 7th release with 153,000 equivalent album units earned in one week.
Egypt Station marks McCartney’s biggest sales week in over a decade when Memory Almost Full debuted at number three with 161,000 copies sold in 2007.
Rounding on the top five (from 2-5) on this week’s charts is Eminem’s Kamikaze, Lauren Daigle’s Look Up Child, Russ’ Zoo and Drake’s Scorpion.