Monday, May 20, 2024

UPDATE Paul McCartney Carpool Karoake Sends Beatles “Red,” “White,” “Blue” Albums Plus “Abbey Road” Up the Charts, And Singles


SATURDAY NIGHT UPDATE: “The White Album,” both the red and blue greatest hits albums, “Abbey Road” and “1” are on the iTunes top 100. “Hey Jude” has joined “Let it Be” and “Blackbird” on the top 100 singles.

EARLIER That was some great Paul McCartney special on Thursday night with James Corden.

What started out as a Carpool Karoake turned into a 30 minute documentary that was moving and elucidating about the Beatle.

The result is that Beatles records have jumped back onto the charts with a vengeance.

In the iTunes top 100 albums are now three Beatles volumes and one by McCartney. “Abbey Road,” “Greatest Hits 1962-66,” and the Beatles “1” album are all there. So is McCartney’s “All the Best.”

On the iTunes singles chart, “Let it Be” and “Blackbird,” two songs Paul sang with Corden, have arrived big time.

It’s the same on Amazon for the albums.

Why did McCartney do it? The Corden special kind of promotes his new album “Egypt Station,” which doesn’t release til September 7th. The “Yellow Submarine” 50th anniversary is coming in about three weeks. On the show, McCartney doesn’t sing any of his solo hits– it’s all Beatles.

Who knows? But a splendid time is had by all.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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