London, July 23 (IANS) Beatles legend Paul McCartney has been named the most successful album artist in British chart history.
McCartney, who has sold 700 million albums across the globe, has now been awarded the Official Chart Record Breaker Award, which recognises him as Britain’s most successful albums act of all time, reports telegraph.co.uk.
His first number one came in 1963 when The Beatles released “Please please me”, which is also the longest-running number one debut album in chart history with 30 weeks in the top spot. The 74-year-old’s most recent number one album came in 2000, with The Beatles’s compilation album.
In a statement to the Official Charts Company, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, McCartney said: “Okay, you know how it really feels? It feels unbelievable, because when you write your songs you don’t count how well they’re doing.”
“I remember when ‘Please, please me’ went to number one, that was our first number one record, and it’s a beautiful feeling to suddenly get this (award), I mean it’s amazing.
“So thank you to the people for giving it to me, I love you. And thank you to everyone who made it possible by buying the records, we love you too,” added the music icon.