Announced over the weekend, Paul McCartney's new studio album 'Egypt Station' has gone straight to #1 on Billboard 200, giving Paul his eighth #1 with 153,000 equivalent album units according to Nielsen Music, his biggest sales week in over a decade.
Paul says of the news - "Thanks to all our fabulous fans and the whole team behind this record for making it number one - yippee! Love Paul x"
Paul last topped the list in 1982 for three weeks with 'Tug of War', and his #1 albums span a period of 48 years with the first being his solo debut 'McCartney' in May 1970. He went on to achieve #1s with several Wings albums including 'Red Rose Speedway', 'Band on the Run', 'Venus and Mars' and 'Wings at the Speed of Sound'.
'Egypt Station' is the first full album of all-new McCartney music since 2013’s 'NEW'. The album was recorded between Los Angeles, London and Sussex, and produced (with the exception of one Ryan Tedder track) by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck, Foo Fighters).
Of the album’s enigmatic title, Paul says, “I liked the words ‘Egypt Station.’ It reminded me of the ‘album’ albums we used to make.., Egypt Station starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from.”