Paul McCartney Named UK's Most Successful Album Act Ever

Paul McCartney Named UK's Most Successful Album Act Ever
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Paul McCartney Named UK's Most Successful Album Act Ever

Beatle legend Paul McCartney has been named the most successful albums artist in British chart history, according to the Official Charts Company.

The announcement comes on the 60th anniversary of the first ever nationwide Albums Chart to be published in the UK.

The 74-year-old musician, who has recently released a career-spanning record of his material with Wings and by himself, becomes the latest recipient of an Official Chart Record Breaker Award, reported Telegraph online.

With 15 Number Ones with The Beatles, two with Wings, four as a solo artist and one in collaboration with ex-wife Linda McCartney, the singer has totalled 22 chart-topping albums over nearly six decades.

He has also spending a total of 191 weeks at the top of the charts – more than any other artist.

McCartney has also had a hand in the biggest-selling studio album in British chart history, with 1967's revolutionary Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band standing at 5.1 million sales.

In a video accepting the award, the legendary singer said, "Okay, you know how it really feels? It feels unbelievable, because when you write your songs you don't count how well they're doing.

"I remember when Please Please Me (the Beatles' 1963 debut album) went to Number 1, that was our first Number 1 record, and it's a beautiful feeling to suddenly get this (award), I mean it's amazing.

"So, thank you to the people for giving it to me, I love you. And thank you to everyone who made it possible by buying the records, we love you too!"

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