Paul McCartney celebrates a new career milestone as he notches his first Billboard 200 No. 1 debut with his latest album, Egypt Station. The album is also his first No. 1 since Tug of War hit the top of the same chart in 1982, Billboard reports.
Egypt Station dropped on Sept. 7 via MPL/Capitol Records. Nielsen Music data shows the album earned 153,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 13, with 147,000 of those units representing traditional album sales. The impressive sales figures arguably demonstrate just how well Macca’s music continues to resonate with fans across multiple generations. Beyond the traditional sales total, the album tally is also reportedly comprised of 5,000 SEA units and 1,000 TEA units.
With a career spanning more than six decades, the latest chart-topping achievement increases McCartney’s Billboard 200 No. 1 albums to a total of eight. Some of his Wings albums are reflected in that total. Of course, he still holds the record for the most Billboard 200 chart-toppers as the former Beatles frontman, with the legendary group earning a massive 19 No. 1s on the chart.
Egypt Station also gives McCartney his biggest sales week in over a decade. His 2007 album Memory Almost Full sold over 161,000 copies in its first week and debuted at No. 3. It seems hard to believe the Grammy-winning composer and performer has never debuted at No. 1 (outside of The Beatles) with such a prolific career. His 1997 album Flaming Pie and his 2001 compilation album Wingspan: Hits and History debuted just short of the top at No. 2.
The 36-year gap between No. 1 albums also makes the longest gap between Billboard 200 chart-toppers for any living artist in music history. Plus, McCartney’s self-titled debut solo album topped the chart for three consecutive weeks in 1970 and now, Egypt Station’s chart summit broadens Macca’s No. 1 span to over 48 years. Barbra Streisand is the only artist holding a longer No. 1 span with over 51 years between her 1964 album People and her 2016 album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway.
McCartney preceded Egypt Station’s release with an epic episode of Carpool Karaoke on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” During the popular 23-minute segment, Macca showed Corden around his childhood home and Liverpool stomping grounds featured in many of The Beatles hit songs, such as “Penny Lane.” The video for the epic installment of the popular “Late Late Show” segment has garnered over 32 million views on YouTube since its posting nearly three months ago.
The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honoree led his latest studio album effort by releasing the double A-side single “I Don’t Know” and “Come On to Me” last June. He also dropped the video for the most recent single “Fuh You” on Sept. 11.