Sir Paul McCartney's hopes of topping the U.K. charts have suffered a serious blow with news sales in his new label's stores are not eligible for the top 40.
The former Beatle has just released his 21st solo album, Memory Almost Full, on a label run by coffee chain Starbucks, called Hear Music. He decided to leave EMI after 43 years with the company after complaining the record giant was "jaded".
However, the 64-year-old may live to rue his decision because the chain's 533 U.K. stores are not registered with the Official U.K. Charts Company - which means CDs bought there will not count towards any chart position.
Starbucks says it has no immediate plans to contribute sales data to the chart compilers.
MCCartney's record is also being sold through traditional high-street retailers and internet download services like iTunes.