Thursday, June 20, 2024

Chart UPDATE: Paul McCartney Lands Number 1 Spot with “McCartney III” in Pure Sales, Beating Taylor Swift and Eminem


Here’s an update on the album chart fight for the week that ended last night.

Paul McCartney has landed at number 1 on the charts in terms of pure sales with 58,000 copies of “McCartney III.” These numbers come from Buzz Angle, which counts streaming, CDs, and downloads. In terms of the latter two, Paul outsold Taylor Swift and Eminem to get the number 1 position.

“McCartney III” is also the top seller at in CD and Vinyl. It’s also their number 1 download thanks to discounting.

Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” sold 38,700 CDs and downloads. Eminem’s “Murder” sequel did 29,100 copies.

In total sales, according to Buzz Angle, “Evermore” did 96,200 copies including streaming. Swift came in first with McCartney and Eminem in a photo finish for number 2. Eminem had more streaming than McCartney. Fans wanted to own “McCartney III” more than passively play it.

Billboard, the mothership of charts, will probably declare McCartney number 1 over all because they’ll count in everything: CDs, vinyl, streaming, downloads. Also, it’s a better story to declare “McCartney III” Paul’s first number 1 in 31 years. That’s what they’ve already said on the British charts.

For Sir Paul, it’s big big success, a huge Christmas present. “McCartney III” was really marketed beautifully, top to bottom, all the PR, the way the fan club sales worked, the different colored vinyl for sale, all of it. Kudos for a job well done! If we ever get back to converts, and Paul wants to do another tour, he’s got about a half dozen songs from “McCartney III” that he can throw in and the fans will know them.

Just a note to @Vevo: maybe you shouldn’t have a Burger King commercial for the “Baconator” tacked to the front of Paul’s video for “Find My Way” on YouTube. He’s an arch vegan. After watching the commercial, I may become one too!


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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