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George Harrison Notches First No. 1 on This Chart

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George Harrison photographed in Cannes, France on Jan. 30, 1976.

Harrison hits No. 1 thanks to the 50th anniversary reissue of 1970 album 'All Things Must Pass.'

For the first time, George Harrison is No. 1 on Billboard’s 15-year-old Top Rock Albums chart as a solo artist.

The 50th anniversary reissue of Harrison’s 1970 triple album All Things Must Pass debuts at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums list dated Aug. 21 with 32,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 12, according to MRC Data.

It’s Harrison’s first leader solo on Top Rock Albums, which began in 2006, exceeding the No. 7 peak of Early Takes: Volume 1 in 2012.

Harrison, who died in 2001, previously crowned Top Rock Albums as part of The Beatles, who boast four No. 1s, most recently upon the 50th anniversary reissue of Abbey Road, which crowned the survey for four weeks beginning in October 2019.

Harrison is the second former Beatle to lead Top Rock Albums in 2021. Paul McCartney boasts two rulers this year with McCartney III (Jan. 2) and companion release McCartney III Imagined (Aug. 7). The other two members of The Beatles -- John Lennon and Ringo Starr -- have both charted on Top Rock Albums as well as soloists. Lennon has placed four entries, including two top 10s, going as high as No. 5 with Gimme Some Truth in 2020. Starr has net six charting efforts, topping out at No. 16 with Y Not in 2010.

As previously reported, All Things Must Pass also re-enters the all-genre Billboard 200 at No. 7, its first appearance within the chart’s top 10 since March 1971. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Jan. 2, 1971, and ruled the ranking for seven weeks.