Paul McCartney on His Return to the Pop Charts: “It's Cool!”

Mary McCartney/MPL Communications Ltd.One of the most unlikely hits of the year so far has got to be Paul McCartney‘s collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West, “FourFiveSeconds,” which has returned the legendary ex-Beatle to the  top 40 for the first time in decades.  Paul says he certainly didn’t expect the success of the song, but declares that it’s “cool.”

Speaking to Rolling Stone at this weekend’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, Paul said of working with the extremely polarizing Kanye, “Oh, it was great, man! It was really exciting.  I didn’t know what was going to happen from one minute to the next.  But then he’d send me these hits!”

“Suddenly, I’m working with Kanye,” he added. “And then suddenly, I’ve got a hit with Rihanna!  But it’s cool!”

“FourFiveSeconds” was Paul’s first top five hit in more than 31 years.  The last time he’d charted that high was in 1984, when his duet with Michael Jackson “Say Say Say” ended a seven-week run at the top of the chart.

As for Kanye, Paul McCartney isn’t the only Rock and Roll Hall of Famer he’s worked with this year: he also contributed to Madonna‘s latest album, Rebel Heart.

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