The Number One comeback album eludes Paul McCartney once again with the release of his latest studio set, New. Billboard reported that industry sources say Pearl Jam's Lightening Bolt has secured the Number One spot with up to 180,000 units sold by the time of this week's SoundScan tabulation. McCartney trails considerably behind with sales of up to 75,000 -- likely ensuring a Top 10 placing and maybe as high as the Top Five. The album, which is McCartney's first official mainstream studio set since 2007's Memory Almost Full, hit Number One in Japan and entered the UK charts at Number Three.
McCartney appeared on the Bang & Olufsen presents The Living Room Tour online series, and admitted once an album hits the streets a bit of panic always seems to creep up on him: "You write the stuff and then you have a lot of fun recording it, and then you get ready to release it and I always forget, it's like sitting an exam -- and this is the oral. I always thing, 'I'm just doing this for me, for a bit of fun, I'm doing it for my family and stuff.' Then when you put it out, you realize, you're putting it out. So it's kind of, it's a little bit mixed feelings releasing something. But I say, it's like, you suddenly realize you've entered yourself for an exam, that you didn't mean to enter yourself for."