Paul McCartney Earns First No. 1 Album in 36 Years

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‘Egypt Station’ also gives the ex-Beatle his first debut at No. 1 and first chart-topper since ‘Tug of War’ in 1982.

Paul McCartney achieved his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart in over 36 years, as his new studio effort, Egypt Station, bowed atop the list.

The set, which was released Sept. 7 via MPL/Capitol Records, launches with a larger-than-expected 153,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 13, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 147,000 were in traditional album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Sept. 22-dated chart, on which Egypt Station debuts at No. 1, will be posted in full on Billboard‘s websites on Tuesday.

Of Egypt Station’s 153,000 units, the majority were powered by traditional album sales: 147,000 copies sold. The remainder was comprised of SEA units (5,000) and TEA units (1,000).

McCartney’s Eighth No. 1 Album: Egypt Station gives McCartney his eight No. 1 on the Billboard 200. He last led the list for three consecutive weeks in 1982 with Tug of War (on the May 29- through June 12-dated charts). McCartney’s tally of eight leaders includes his albums with Wings, some of which were credited to Paul McCartney & Wings (Red Rose Speedway; Band on the Run). Of course, McCartney was also a member of The Beatles, and they still own the record for the most No. 1s on the Billboard 200 with 19 chart-toppers. The Beatles last led the tally with the greatest-hits collection 1, which spent eight nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 in December 2000 through February 2001.



  1. The Beatles have and will continue for many many years to set the gold standard for music that stands the test of time.
    Twopaktochew et al probably wont be around next week


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