Paul McCartney Earns First No. 1 Album In Over 36 Years

It's been a long time coming, but Paul McCartney has found his footing on the Billboard 200 once again.

The English singer-songwriter scored his first number one album on the United States chart in over 36 years for his most recent full-length, Egypt Station, which released through MPL/Capitol Records on September 7.

According to records from Nielsen Music by Billboard, McCartney's latest achieved 153,000 units in its first week (ending September 13), of that total 147,000 were attributed to traditional album sales. The "Ebony & Ivory" musician will see his success on the chart published tomorrow.

The 76-year-old took to social media on Sunday (September 16) to celebrate Egypt Station's No. 1 accomplishment, tweeting, "Thanks to all our fabulous fans and the whole team behind this record for making it number one - yippee! Love Paul x."

 

The former Beatles member's 16-track offering marks his 18th record as a solo artist. McCartney's last record to reach such a feat was Tug of War,  which claimed the top spot on the Billboard 200 for three consecutive weeks back in 1982 — making it the longest gap between any living artist.

McCartney made headlines earlier this month while promoting Egypt Station, telling GQ that he and John Lennon used to masturbate together when they were teens. (You wish we were kidding...)

The "FourFiveSeconds" artist also kicks off his "Freshen Up" tour in Ontario tonight, which culminates at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona in June 2019. It will be his first jaunt since releasing the acclaimed LP.

You can get all the tour dates and details here.

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