Both his new solo songs debut, while The Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’ arrives after his jaunt with James Corden.
Paul McCartney returns to Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart, snagging his first top 25 hit as a solo artist on the July 11-dated ranking, following a busy week that saw him release two new solo songs and perform Beatles classics on the latest edition James Corden's Carpool Karaoke series on June 21.
McCartney ranks highest on Hot Rock Songs The Beatles' 1970 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Let It Be,” which debuts at No. 18; older songs are able to re-enter the Hot 100 or its corresponding genre-based hybrid charts, like Hot Rock Songs, if they have meaningful reasons for their return and rank in a chart's top half.
After McCartney performed “Let It Be” on Carpool Karaoke with Corden, it debuted thanks to 1.5 million U.S. streams (a 68 percent gain) and 10,000 downloads sold (up 973 percent) in the week ending June 28, according to Nielsen Music.
McCartney also debuts two new songs on the ranking, led by “Come On to Me,” which starts at No. 24 with 799,000 U.S. streams, 631,000 radio audience impressions and 10,000 sold. The uptempo track concurrently enters at No. 34 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart, marking McCartney's sixth solo appearance on the ranking, which began in 1996.
A second new McCartney song, ballad “I Don't Know,” debuts at No. 39 on Hot Rock Songs (428,000 streams, 207,000 in airplay audience and 4,000 sold).
In all, six Beatles tunes chart on Rock Digital Song Sales, joining McCartney's two new solo songs; “Come On to Me” starts at No. 4 and “I Don't Know” opens at No. 12.
Behind “Let It Be” at No. 6, the other Beatles songs re-entering Rock Digital Song Sales are “Blackbird” (No. 10, 5,000 sold), “Hey Jude” (No. 11, 5,000), “Penny Lane” (No. 15, 4,000), “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da” (No. 18, 3,000) and “Here Comes the Sun” (No. 24, 3,000).
Egypt Station, McCartney's first album new solo material since 2013's New, is due Sept. 7 on Capitol Records and features production from Greg Kurstin and Ryan Tedder.