The legendary Paul McCartney has celebrated his first No. 1 album in 36 years on the Billboard 200 chart and his first-ever solo album to debut in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart.

Words cannot describe this man’s talent.

Egypt Station, the artist’s 18th (!) solo studio album, was released on September 7 and between then and September 13, it scored 153,000 equivalent album units.

The equivalent album unit is a measurement used in the industry to define the consumption of music that would equal the purchase of one album copy. This includes streaming, song downloads, and traditional album sales.

Out of Egypt Station’s total equivalent album units, 147,000 units were traditional album sales which is insane. Another 5,000 units were streamed while the final 1,000 units were track downloads.

Billboard predicted McCartney would crack 140,000 equivalent album units but of course, he overachieved.

To be completely exact here, this is McCartney’s first No. 1 album in 36 years, three months, and ten days after Tug of War took the throne in 1982 – McCartney’s fourth solo studio album. Tug of War sat on Billboard’s throne for about three weeks.

The chart – from September 22 – where Egypt Station debuts in the No. 1 spot, will be posted to Billboard‘s website come Tuesday, September 18. 

To celebrate the news the former Beatles members posted his thanks to Twitter: 

“Thanks to all our fabulous fans and the whole team behind this record for making it number one – yippee! Love Paul x”

A massive congratulations to the almighty legend.

P.S This is an absolutely surreal blend of times if you feel like crying.

Source: Billboard
Image: Twitter / @PaulMcCartney