Paul McCartney has long understood the benefits of TV exposure. Ever since The Beatles' landmark appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, he's seen how the small screen can boost record sales.
Since his much publicized -- and heavily streamed -- appearance on James Corden's Carpool Karaoke, McCartney has seen a rise in both paid downloads and music streams.
- "Let It Be," with 1.5 million U.S. streams and 10,000 downloads sold, ranks 18th on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart. It also claims the number-six spot on the Rock Digital Song Sales list.
- Other Beatles classics on the Digital Sales list include "Blackbird" (number-10, 5,000 paid downloads), "Hey Jude" (11th; 5,000), "Penny Lane" (15th; 4,000), "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" (18th; 3,000) and "Here Comes the Sun" (24th; 3,000).
- "Come on to Me," one of Sir Paul's new tunes, stands at number-24 on the same list; it was streamed nearly 800,000 times and sold 10,000 downloads.
- "I Don't Know," another recent release, debuts at number-39 on Hot Rock Songs, with 428,000 streams and 4,000 paid downloads.
Paul's album Egypt Station, his first collection of new material in five years, goes on sale September 7th. (Billboard)