Sir Paul McCartney could land his first solo number one album in over 30 years with his new release McCartney III.
The music icon, 78, dropped his latest solo album on Friday and it’s on course to nab the top spot in the UK album charts, according to the Official Charts.
Sir Paul is reportedly headed for number one after racking up nearly 25,000 chart sales over the weekend and doing so would also land the star with a Christmas number one album.
The final chart will be revealed on Christmas Day, with Sir Paul facing tough competition from the likes of Taylor Swift and her surprise new album Evermore and Michael Ball and Alfie Boe’s festive album Together at Christmas.
Classic Diamonds, the latest album from Neil Diamond and the London Symphony Orchestra is also a contender, as is Gary Barlow’s new record Music Played By Humans.
If Sir Paul does managed to secure the album top spot, it will be his first number one album as a solo artist since his 1989 release Flowers in the Dirt.
He already has a Christmas number one album under his belt, as Sir Paul topped the charts on Christmas Day with The Beatles and their greatest hits album in 2000.
The singer’s latest album is the third record in his trilogy of eponymous albums. McCartney was Sir Paul’s debut album in 1970, which reached number two in the album charts, and that was followed up 10 years later by McCartney II in 1980, which charted at number one.
Following his album’s release, Sir Paul revealed that his album was going to drop on the same day Shake It Off hit-maker Taylor had planned to surprise fans with her new record.
Taylor got wind of Sir Paul’s release and decided to change her album release date, so the two wouldn’t clash.
Praising Swifty for doing so, Sir Paul explained on Howard Stern’s radio show: ‘I did the Rolling Stone cover with Taylor Swift, and she just emailed me recently, and she said, “I wasn’t telling anyone, but I’ve got another album.”
‘She said, “So I was going to put it out on my birthday,” which I think was the 10th, and then she said, “But I found out you were going to put [your album] out on the 10th, so I moved to the 18th.” Then she found out we were coming out on the 18th, so she moved back to the 10th.’
Sir Paul said: ‘So I mean, you know, people do keep out of each other’s way. It’s a nice thing to do.’
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