Sir Paul McCartney celebrates first number one album in 31 years with trip to St Barts

Sir Paul McCartney celebrated his chart success with a trip to St Barts (Picture: Backgrid)

Sir Paul McCartney celebrated his recent chart success in style by jetting off for some winter sun with his wife Nancy Shevell. 

The Beatles star, 78, was seen landing in St Barts over the weekend, keeping a low profile in a baseball cap, sunglasses and a mask to protect against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

Nancy, 61, was similarly low-key, rocking a straw hat, shades and a floral mask as the couple exited their private plane. 

The couple managed to squeeze in a post-Christmas getaway after Sir Paul bagged his first number one album in 31 years with McCartney III.

He’d written and recorded the album during lockdown earlier in the year, explaining on Idris Elba Meets Paul McCartney: ‘[In] lockdown everyone cleaned out their cupboards and did all the stuff they’d been meaning to get around to. 

‘So [making an album] was my equivalent. I wasn’t trying to make an album. So suddenly I had these 10 songs, I thought, “What am I going to do with these?”

Sir Paul and Nancy Shevell were seen leaving their private plane in St Barts (Picture: Revolver / BACKGRID)
The Beatles star cut a low-key figure as he arrived for some winter sun (Picture: Revolver / BACKGRID)

‘It was just the 10 because I didn’t know I was making an album.’

The surprise project went to number one in the Official Charts on Christmas Day, his first solo album to do so since 1989’s Flowers In The Dirt. 

He told the Official Charts Company: ‘I just 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 III – so named because it is in the same vein as McCartney I and McCartney II – even beat Taylor Swift’s surprise release Evermore into a close second place. 

The album is Sir Paul’s 26th release post-Beatles, including work with other artists and his band Wings, and he recorded every song and played every instrument on the record himself. 

Sounds like this break to St Barts is very well deserved after doing all that in lockdown. 

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