Fiery debut for McCartney disc

Paul McCartney fans typically wait awhile before purchasing the singer’s latest album.

But “Flaming Pie,” McCartney’s first disc in four years, is being snapped up by consumers at a rate that has pleasantly surprised Capitol Records execs. At the current pace, the disc could land in the top five of the nation’s sales chart when the totals are released next Wednesday.

The tallies after the first three days suggest that there is a “sense of urgency from fans, which is a very positive sign,” Lou Mann, senior veep/G.M. of Capitol Records, told Daily Variety. “It also says the record is being reacted to very strongly and quickly by fans, and that feels great.”

Retailers said sales of the disc are brisk, with several chains reporting first- and second-day sales topping 15,000 copies each. The Best Buy chain, which credited the strong setup by label execs for the impressive bow, listed the disc as its top seller and has already placed reorders.

The disc, which bowed on May 5 in the U.K., has already gone gold there and is on its way to a similar feat (500,000 copies) in the U.S. in just three days of release, in a highly competitive atmosphere of discs from other rock icons.

According to McCartney reps the former Beatle now has 81 gold records to his career tally, more than any other artist.

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