McCartney III becomes Sir Paul's first solo album to top the U.K. tally in 31 years; his most recent previous chart-topper was 1989's Flowers in the Dirt.
In a video message posted on Christmas Day at the Official Charts Company's YouTube channel, McCartney said, "I want to say Happy Christmas, Happy New Year, and a big thank you to everyone who helped get my record to number one in the album charts."
McCartney now has scored eight #1 albums in the U.K. if you include his releases with his 1970s band Wings. He also reached #1 six times as a member of The Beatles.
As previously reported, Paul recorded McCartney III during the COVID-19 pandemic at his studio in Sussex, U.K., while quarantining with his daughter Mary and her family.
The project is considered a sequel to his 1970 debut, McCartney, and his 1980 album, McCartney II, because he recorded all three albums almost entirely by himself.
By Matt Friedlander
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