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NEWS 12 Feb 2008

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Paul McCartney's "Memory Almost Full" Certified Platinum

Hear Music announced today that Paul McCartney's "Memory Almost Full" has been certified platinum with more than 1,000,000 units shipped in the U.S. since the album's release on June 5, 2007. Widely hailed by critics as one of the best albums of his solo career, "Memory Almost Full" debuted at #3 on Billboard's Top 200, his highest chart position as a solo artist in more than 10 years. The album remained in the Billboard Top 40 Album Chart for seven consecutive weeks.

"For our first release to reach this milestone is a testament to the remarkable talents of Paul McCartney and to the dedication of the Hear Music team," said Ken Lombard, president of Starbucks Entertainment who also oversees Hear Music. "This is a great moment for Paul and Hear Music."

International sales of "Memory Almost Full" have also been strong with more than 500,000 units shipped outside of the U.S. McCartney's Hear Music debut is certified Gold in Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia, Singapore and the United Kingdom and hit the Top 40 Album charts in more than 20 countries around the world.

Hear Music introduced McCartney's album to an estimated six million people the day of its release through an unprecedented Global Listening Event in which more than 10,000 Starbucks locations in 29 countries played the record throughout the day. The event resulted in Starbucks highest day of sales on album's first day of release.

McCartney celebrated the launch of "Memory Almost Full" in the summer of 2007 with an exciting series of "secret" shows at intimate venues in London, New York and Los Angeles, including a free in-store appearance at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles.

Critical praise for the album has come in the form of three GRAMMY® Award nominations, including Best Pop Vocal Album for "Memory Almost Full," as well as Best Solo Rock Vocal for the track "Only Momma Knows" and Best Male Pop Vocal for the single "Dance Tonight."

Additional Critical Praise for "Memory Almost Full":

"This majestically reminds us, there's only one Paul McCartney." --Q Magazine

"It's his version of Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind...if Time Out of Mind had cutthroat pop instincts and whistling solos. A- " --Entertainment Weekly

"Paul McCartney is truly in a class of his own." --Pitchfork Media

"[Memory Almost Full] is evocative, deeply personal, and, above all, compassionate." --Chicago Tribune

"Nostalgic yet inventive, it's his most vibrant record in years." --Newsweek

"Memory Almost Full" has a consistent sound and feel. It has a simplicity that gives it a rougher, rockier, more homespun sound than most of his recent albums." --New York Times

"..the five track sequence that (almost) closes the album offers a dramatic contemplation of mortality from boyhood to the inevitable finale of death. It's a curious, affecting sequence... 5 Stars" --Observer Music Monthly

"Memory Almost Full contains some of his most joyous tunes since he sang about Silly Love Songs. There's much to admire here." --The Sun

"McCartney's new album bristles with jaunty defiance." --Mail On Sunday

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