The December 14th issue of Billboard reports that the new Back in the U.S. Live 2002 album is Sir Paul's third-highest-ranking album of the past 20 years. The only McCartney titles to peak in a higher position were Flaming Pie (No. 2 in June 1997) and Wingspan: Hits and History (No. 2 in May 2001). Sir Paul last topped the album chart with Tug of War in May of 1982.
Meanwhile, Sir Paul's Back in the U.S. DVD set records for the top-selling debut of a DVD music video and highest single-week music-DVD sales. It bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Music Videos chart this issue. Billboard attributes the sales to Sir Paul's high-profile, sold-out tour as well as to ABC's November 27 Back in the U.S. television special. The two-hour program garnered a 5.3 rating or 5.65 million households, according to Nielsen Media Research. According to Len Cosimano, Vice President of multimedia for the Borders Books & Music chain, the DVD "did spectacular for us. You certainly had the power of anyone who has gone to see his concert. When people saw the special, any baby boomer who ever bought a Beatles record then wanted to go buy that video. I think it will continue to sell well through the holidays."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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