Paul McCartney’s new album ‘New’ has failed to make the Top 20 in Australia this week despite high profile global publicity from the former Beatle.
‘New’ debuted at number 22 in Australia with only 1290 sales.
McCartney has been actively promoting ‘New’ with appearances on the iHeartRADIO festival in the Las Vegas and free shows on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles and Times Square, New York.
In the USA the hard work has paid off with HitsDailyDouble predicted a number two debut for ‘New’ later this week in the USA. In the UK where the album debuted today, ‘New’ fared much better debuting at number 3 behind John Newman ‘Tribute’ and Pearl Jam ‘Lightning Bolt’.
McCartney’s Australian sales figure mirrors the disastrous results for Elton John ‘The Diving Board’ released five weeks ago. The album was written up by international reviewers as one of Elton’s strongest in decades harking back to his early 70s piano, bass, drums formula. ‘The Diving Board’ has sold less than 2500 copies in Australia in 5 weeks. Last week it sold just 169 units. By comparison, Pink Floyd’s 30 year old ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ sold more than the new Sir Elton album in Australia last week.
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