“McCartney III Imagined” becomes Number 1 album in the US

Monday, August 2, 2021

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From Billboard, August 2, 2021:

Paul McCartney’s remix album McCartney III Imagined re-enters at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart (dated Aug. 7) for its first week at the top, following its release on physical formats on July 23. The album sold 21,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending July 29 (up from a negligible figure in the week previous), according to MRC Data, thanks to its release on CD, vinyl LP and cassette tape. […]

The Imagined set spent one week previously on Top Album Sales, debuting at No. 60 on the May 1-dated chart with 2,200 downloads sold.

Imagined sold about 2,500 digital albums total before its physical release on July 23.

Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. The chart’s history dates back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began tabulating charts with electronically monitored piece count information from SoundScan, now MRC Data. Pure album sales were the measurement solely utilized by the Billboard 200 albums chart through the list dated Dec. 6, 2014, after which that chart switched to a methodology that blends album sales with track equivalent album units and streaming equivalent album units. The new Aug. 7, 2021-dated chart (where Imagined hits No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Aug. 2. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Imagined is McCartney’s third No. 1 on the 30-year-old Top Album Sales chart, following McCartney III (Jan. 2-dated chart) and Egypt Station (Sept. 22, 2018). […]

Of Imagined’s sales of 21,000 in the week ending July 29, physical album sales comprise essentially all of that figure (16,100 vinyl LPs, 4,300 CDs and about 300 cassettes). Imagined also debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Vinyl Albums chart. It also bows at No. 2 on the Tastemaker Albums chart, which ranks the top-selling albums of the week at independent and small chain record stores, having sold just over 4,000 copies, across all formats, through those sellers. […]

From Billboard, August 6, 2021:

Paul McCartney scores his second No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart of 2021, as McCartney III Imagined debuts atop the Aug. 7-dated survey following its physical release July 23.

The set starts with 21,000 equivalent album units earned in the July 23-29 tracking week, according to MRC Data, with nearly all its units via album sales.

Imagined follows the reign of its parent album, McCartney III, which crowned the Jan. 2 Top Rock Albums chart with 101,000 units. The two LPs have swelled McCartney’s total to four Top Rock Albums No. 1s (dating to the chart’s 2006 start). He also led with Memory Almost Full (2007) and Egypt Station (2018).

Concurrently, Imagined leads the all-genre Top Album Sales chart, marking McCartney’s third No. 1, after Egypt Station and McCartney III, and starts at No. 19 on the Billboard 200. […]

It’s official – ‘McCartney III Imagined’ is a record breaker! You guys made it the first remix album to reach #1 on the Billboard US Top Album Sales chart in 10 years 😱

#1 Album Sales 🥇
#1 Rock Album 🥇
#1 Vinyl Album 🥇

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