Paul McCartney Reacts to 'Egypt Station' Topping HipHopMagz 200: 'You Can't Get Much Higher Than No. 1'


Paul McCartney is not any stranger to having No. 1s on the Billboard charts. But this week, the residing legend racked up his first album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (dated Sept. 22), with Egypt Station, and the set additionally occurred to be his first chart-topper in additional than 36 years. In complete, it marks his eighth chief, and his first since Tug of War led the checklist for 3 weeks in 1982.

Billboard hopped on the cellphone with McCartney on Wednesday (Sept. 19) to get his response to the massive information and likewise chatted about how a lot he loved doing promotion for the album (which noticed him doing all the pieces from touring his hometown of Liverpool, England, with James Corden in a Carpool Karaoke episode to taking part in a shock present at New York’s Grand Central Station that was live-streamed on YouTube), what he’s been listening to from followers and mates concerning the album, how there are a selection of tracks that didn’t make the venture, and taking part in new songs stay on tour.

First off, congratulations are so as, as a result of your new album, Egypt Station, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week. How does it really feel to be No. 1, particularly with this album?

You know, it feels actually nice. 'Cause you may't get a lot larger than No. 1, you recognize? It actually feels nice. We put numerous actually exhausting work into it. Me and all the fellows on the group. Greg Kurstin, Ryan Tedder, all our engineers. We've obtained a terrific little group. Everyone actually labored exhausting. We put our coronary heart and soul into it. 'Cause we actually needed to make one thing that was worthwhile, you recognize, that we could possibly be happy with. So it's simply nice that it's truly obtained the outcomes. And I have to say the individuals concerned within the marketing campaign too. My supervisor Scott Rodger. My publicity guys. We've had a very enjoyable time. I mentioned to everybody initially, "Look, let's attempt to get pleasure from this. Let's not simply suppose, 'Oh my god, we gotta go promote an album.' Let's attempt to consider concepts that may truly excite us. Because I believe, you recognize, if we get pleasure from it, that'll sort of talk itself and makes it much less of a laborious course of." So we [had] numerous enjoyable. From the James Corden [Carpool Karaoke phase on June 21, and an hourlong CBS particular on Aug. 20] proper by to the Jimmy Fallon [look on The Tonight Show on Sept. 6] and to the Grand Central present [which was live-streamed on YouTube on Sept. 7] and the Abbey Road…

I used to be gonna say, you've been selling the heck out of this album. You know, from James Corden… you actually went the additional mile with him in Liverpool and taking the tour [of the city]. … I imply, you clearly actually needed to get the phrase out concerning the album. What made this album so particular for you that you simply actually needed to go the additional mile and actually get on the market and sort of put the pedal to the steel?

Well, you recognize, I believe the distinction is that we all the time do wish to truly get individuals to find out about it. 'Cause that's the factor. The worst factor is that if individuals say, "Oh, you've obtained an album out? I didn't know."

Yeah! "Oh, you do?" "Yes, it got here out a month in the past, you didn't know?"

Yeah, precisely. That's just like the worst. So, we simply sorta mentioned, "Look, you recognize, we're gonna do that, however we wish to do it in a really cool approach. I don't wanna actually appear to be we're kinda promoting our souls to advertise this. We wish to do it in such a approach that we truly get pleasure from it ourselves," you recognize? So with James Corden, at first I wasn't certain if I needed to do it, to inform you the reality. And then after I ultimately agreed to do it and obtained into it, after which James' concepts began to come back out, like, OK, we'll do it in Liverpool and we'll do that… And I began to suppose, significantly after I obtained within the automobile with him, I began to suppose, "You know, that is enjoyable!" I like driving 'spherical Liverpool. I like displaying off my hometown and saying, "Oh, you recognize, that's the place we did our first gig, and that's the place my brother obtained married…" I like that. I do this with individuals even after we're not on a present. … That's what we tried to do, with all of the issues. We performed just a little gig at Abbey Road. And it was so cool going again there. The thought was a superb one. You know, I mentioned to my guys, "I wanna simply perform a little gig someplace earlier than we exit on the massive tour. Let's do a number of little gigs." So we began considering, "Well, the place would we wish to go, ideally?" And that was the trick, I believe. You know, as an alternative of simply saying, "Oh, we'll go anyplace, it doesn't matter, they're all the identical." [We said] "No, no, let's go to Abbey Road, that'd be enjoyable." 'Cause I'll be capable of inform tales about having a smoke within the backroom there, you recognize, and all of the little sort of tales you may inform. The similar factor with after we went again to my old skool. We did just a little gig there. And then we went to the Cavern in Liverpool. That explicit time was fairly nostalgic for me, you recognize. 'Cause I used to be going to all these locations I cherished, taking part in little gigs, and oh, by the way, they had been promotion. 

Oh, by the way in which, sure, there was a twofold facet to those issues!

Yeah, yeah! Yeah, precisely. I believe we had been gonna simply get pleasure from it anyway, even so. So I believe the great factor about that’s, we get pleasure from it, and that comes over. You know, I believe individuals can form of inform, "Oh, you're not grinding it out; you're truly having fun with your self." So all this promotion, it's all been one thing that I've actually needed to do. … In the outdated days, your file label would ship you into Europe, in Cologne, in the course of Germany. And you'd say, "Why are we going to Cologne?" They'd say, "Well, you recognize, it's in the course of Germany, and we will get all of the individuals from France, Switzerland, Italy, Holland, et cetera, to come back and interview you." So you spent at the present time — and I like Cologne — however you spend at the present time… the place you simply was answering the identical questions, in the identical room, and it was only a nightmare, you recognize. So I mentioned to them…

The press junket from hell, Paul, that's what it feels like.

You know, it actually was. I'm certain these interviews came to visit like that, you recognize. So I mentioned to my guys, "Look, guys, we're not doing a Cologne. We're simply not doing it. We gotta consider stuff that's enjoyable." So we sat 'spherical in conferences, you recognize, and simply … everybody simply sort of [pitched ideas]: "Well, what about that?" "Yeah, yeah! No, not that…" And we managed to get collectively just a little program [of promotional activities] that was, you recognize, actually fascinating. So that's it. So we had numerous enjoyable selling it. And I believe, you recognize, as a result of we felt the album had turned out effectively. You know, the choice early on to make a sort of album-album, moderately than form of, you recognize, a set of potential singles sort of factor; we felt it was time to return to the album format. 

Were you significantly jazzed to see how followers had been reacting to the album?

Really! You know, followers and mates! And… individuals on the streets! You know, it's actually fabulous. I'm getting a lot of form of texts from individuals, mates who mentioned, "You know, I heard it was OK, the album. I purchased it. I actually suppose it's nice!" And then individuals are sort of going by it, monitor by monitor, saying "oh, I like this one!" So…

I like "Caesar Rock," by the way in which. You didn't ask me, however I'm simply gonna volunteer that to you.

Well, now, there you go. See, it's humorous, I used to be serious about that. 'Cause that's not the sort of factor that individuals will pull out. There's form of different extra apparent tracks on there. But I used to be so glad to place in "Caesar Rock." 'Cause it's just a little extra experimental. It's just a little bit extra me goofing 'spherical in my dwelling studio, you recognize. And I believe that turned out OK, in order that's the way it obtained on the album. We truly had sorta 10 extra tracks that didn't get on the album… 


…That I believe are fairly honest tracks, you recognize. But we simply hoped to attempt to select the stuff that may stream as an album, after which after I got here up with this title, Egypt Station, I attempted that out on Greg Kurstin, the principle producer, and he mentioned, "Oh, I like that, what's that about?" And I mentioned, "Well, that's simply the title of a portray." But we realized it might just a little bit intriguing, just a little bit unique, and so we began to make the album 'spherical that concept, of a sort of journey, you recognize. And hopefully individuals will simply stick their headphones on and sit down and hearken to it.

That's what I did.

Did you? … Well, I'm glad you probably did, man.

Thanks a lot for doing this. I do know you're on tour. You're in the course of tour dates, and also you're taking part in some songs from the brand new album on tour. I believe you're taking part in, like, three or so? Will they modify every night time?

We're doing three in the intervening time, 'trigger you recognize why? 'Cause we didn't have that lengthy to rehearse, and we're placing different issues within the present. So it's a query of studying 'em. 'Cause you recognize, you write the factor, and you then go and file it. And whenever you file it, clearly it's a sure association, so now you've obtained to breed it faithfully, you've obtained to study that association another time. So we've realized three. We've obtained one other one which we've almost obtained. So they're progressively coming onboard. And then we might be able to change them up in that case.