Paul McCartney scores US No. 1 after nearly four decades

Paul McCartney is back on the top of the charts, earning his first solo No. 1 album in the US in 36 years on Sunday.

Egypt Station - a confident 16-track album in which he experiments with a younger rock feel in addition to his classic Beatles sound - marked the first time that he has debuted as a solo artist on top of the benchmark US Billboard chart.

The English legend - who at 76 retains a hectic touring schedule - spared no promotional effort for the album, appearing on US late-night shows and livestreaming an invite-only concert inside New York's Grand Central Station.

Surprisingly, McCartney did not replicate the feat in his native Britain, where Egypt Station debuted at No. 3, with US rapper Eminem's surprise album Kamikaze reigning for a second week.

Egypt Station sold the equivalent of 153,000 copies in the US in the week since its release on Sept 7, tracking service Nielsen Music said.

Unusually for a chart-topping album in recent years, virtually all of the sales were traditional purchases rather than through streaming or individually downloaded tracks.- AFP