Paul Simon could have his first No. 1 album in 26 years



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Paul Simon’s one and only No. 1 album in the U.S. came with his 1975 disc, Still Crazy After All These Years. The singer-songwriter has taken the No. 1 spot in a number of other countries since then, but it still hasn’t happened since he charted at No. 1 in the U.K. with The Rhythm of the Saints in 1990.

Now, it looks like Simon will hit No. 1 in the U.K. again based on mid-week sales numbers. His 12th studio album, ‘Stranger To Stranger’, came out this week, and it’s poised to overtake Drake’s ‘Views’ (the current No. 2) and ‘The Ride’ by Catfish And The Bottlemen, which is currently sitting atop the charts (via NME).

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Wristband, the first single off the album, is a fun, jazz-infused pop song that heralds the return of a bard still atop his game at 74:

“It’s about getting you to actually hear something in a new way,” Simon says in a statement about the album. “It’s about making music that sounds old and new at the same time; music with a sense of mystery.

Sound is the theme of this album as much as it’s about the subjects of the individual songs. If people get that, I’ll be pleased. The right song at the right time can live for generations. A beautiful sound, well that’s forever.”

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