Paul McCartney: New Album Sales Hot

With his new release, he realized the biggest sales week of any of his studio albums in Nielsen SoundScan history.

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Paul McCartney has the answer to that question he posed so mirthfully 40 years ago. Music fans still need him, and are willing to feed him at 64. With his new release, he realized the biggest sales week of any of his studio albums in Nielsen SoundScan history, reprots Reuters. Memory Almost Full, the first album in his much-heralded deal with Starbucks/Concord label Hear Music, fetches first-week sales of 161,000, good for No. 3 on the Billboard 200 behind career-best weeks for radio faves T-Pain and Rihanna. From 1991 (when the big chart began using SoundScan data) through to Memory, McCartney - who turns 65 June 18 - has placed six studio albums on The Billboard 200. His best prior SoundScan week belonged to 1997 set Flaming Pie, which began with 121,000 copies when it bowed at No. 2. As a solo artist, McCartney has twice launched albums with SoundScan sums exceeding 200,000, the biggest belonging to the opener of live set Back in the US Live 2002, which clocked 224,000 during the holiday selling season of 2002. Retrospective set Wingspan, which mingled solo hits with ones by his band Wings, began with 221,000 in 2001. Of course, compilations by his other band, the Beatles, garnered even fatter frames, as six Fab Four titles have had bigger weeks than McCartney's solo works. Most notably their hits package 1 sold 1.3 million during Christmas week of 2000, and Anthology 1 - on the heels of a multi-night ABC documentary - began with 855,000 during Thanksgiving week of 1995. Read more at Stuff.co.nz.

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    Mattstrat
    If today's the 18th yes. he's 65. And also: I'm only fourteen. I know who T-pain is. I know who Rhianna is. But I also know who Paul McCartney is. and yes he's way better. and kids my age need to stop listening to this rap crap. especially if they're white.
    mercedesisbenz
    I'm giving it a first listen right now, and so far it seems really reflective of everything that hes done. I'm really liking it.
    JanB
    good for him... at least it shows not all people buying albums are brain washed teens who the hell is T-pain?
    the_who
    Have the album, like it just as much as Chaos, more than Driving rain. Don't particularly care for Bellamy, but man, Only Mama Knows ROCKS! He should've released that as a single instead of Dance tonight.
    Uber-rocker
    Mattstrat wrote: If today's the 18th yes. he's 65. And also: I'm only fourteen. I know who T-pain is. I know who Rhianna is. But I also know who Paul McCartney is. and yes he's way better. and kids my age need to stop listening to this rap crap. especially if they're white .
    Amen to that. I'll probably just borrow the CD from the local library, then buy it if i like it
    BennyStruggle
    I would pay hundreds to see Paul live, but I wouldn't go to Rhianna or T-Pain..if I had tickets Id just show up when Paul started playing I mean afterall, T-Pain and Rhianna are examples of Fads or flops..McCartney is without a question in the top 10 musician/composers of all time..I put him on a list with Beethoven and Mozart.
    copet
    Paul rocks! Just bought his CD but haven't had time to listen.
    Rebourne
    Give him a scythe and a black shawl then send him into a senior center and I think you will get different opinions.
    Nhex (PT)
    gallagher2006 wrote: receding lines wrote: it sucks Go listen to Metallica and redefine your take on "sucks" Anyways, I certainly enjoy the album! "House of Wax" being my favorite thus far =]
    lol unfortunate sentence as we say in portugal enfim
    Vomitorator
    receding lines wrote: it sucks
    You're an idiot. This album is awesome. My favorite is either Mr.Bellamy or House of wax. Its amazing listening to it. Hes doing things that noone ever done before that are completely original, but it doesnt feel like hes intentionally doing somthing just because its never been done before, it feels like his whole outlook on the music he makes just never has had any boundries. Since hes SOOO rich he could basicly try anything he wants without worrying about it being successful and that makes his music very interesting to listen to.
    cannster
    My god...pretty sad world we live in when the legendary musical genius Sir Paul is behind crap like T-Pain and Rhianna. People need to get some ****ing taste.
    radioplay
    cannster wrote: My god...pretty sad world we live in when the legendary musical genius Sir Paul is behind crap like T-Pain and Rhianna. People need to get some ****ing taste.
    its ****ed up i heard the album...i liked it its pretty good
    Son_of_Kyuss
    I remember seeing Paul McCartney live on his last tour, he opened with "Drive My Car" off of Rubber Soul...incredible...the whole show was bomb. The entire stage (including the floor) was rigged in this grid-like pattern all over it with video screens beneath. One of the best shows I've ever seen and I was in the nose-bleeds.
    imdwalrus
    Paul McCartney is the shit...but the fact that he's behind T-Pain and Rihanna don't surprise me. A lot of teenagers couldn't even tell you who Paul McCartney is.
    gallagher2006
    receding lines wrote: it sucks
    Go listen to Metallica and redefine your take on "sucks" Anyways, I certainly enjoy the album! "House of Wax" being my favorite thus far =]