CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Page 4: Original Album Sales – Please Please Me
Page 5: Original Album Sales – With the Beatles
Page 6: Original Album Sales – A Hard Day’s Night
Page 7: Original Album Sales – Beatles for Sale
Page 8: Original Album Sales – Help!
Page 9: Original Album Sales – Rubber Soul
Page 10: Original Album Sales – Revolver
Page 11: Original Album Sales – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Page 12: Original Album Sales – Magical Mystery Tour
Page 13: Original Album Sales – The Beatles (White Album)
Page 14: Original Album Sales – Yellow Submarine
Page 15: Original Album Sales – Abbey Road
Page 16: Original Album Sales – Let It Be
Page 17: Original Album Sales – Comments
Page 18: Physical Singles Sales – Introduction
Page 19: Physical Singles Sales – Part 1
Page 20: Physical Singles Sales – Part 2
Page 21: Physical Singles Sales – Part 3
Page 22: Physical Singles Sales – Part 4
Page 23: Physical Singles Sales – Part 5
Page 24: Physical Singles Sales – Part 6
Page 25: Controversies – Part 1
Page 26: Controversies – Part 2
Page 27: Controversies – Part 3
Page 28: Controversies – Part 4
Page 29: Controversies – Part 4
Page 30: Controversies – Part 5
Page 31: Digital Singles Sales – Introduction
Page 32: Digital Singles Sales – Part 1
Page 33: Digital Singles Sales – Part 2
Page 34: Digital Singles Sales – Part 3
Page 35: Digital Singles Sales – Part 4
Page 36: Streaming Sales – Part 1
Page 37: Streaming Sales – Part 2
Page 38: Streaming Sales – Part 3
Page 39: Streaming Sales – Part 4
Page 40: Streaming Sales – Part 5
Page 41: Streaming Sales – Part 6
Page 42: Streaming Sales – Part 7
Page 43: Streaming Sales – Part 8
Page 44: Remaining Long Format – American studio albums – Part 1
Page 45: Remaining Long Format – American studio albums – Part 2
Page 46: Remaining Long Format – Local Releases
Page 47: Remaining Long Format – Eps
Page 48: Remaining Long Format – Double Compilations – Part 1
Page 49: Remaining Long Format – Double Compilations – Part 2
Page 50: Remaining Long Format – Double Compilations – Part 3
Page 51: Remaining Long Format – Anthology Project
Page 52: Remaining Long Format – 00’s Major Items
Page 53: Remaining Long Format – Minor Compilations – Part 1
Page 54: Remaining Long Format – Minor Compilations – Part 2
Page 55: Remaining Long Format – Minor Compilations – Part 3
Page 56: Remaining Long Format – Minor Compilations – Part 4
Page 57: Remaining Long Format – Live Albums
Page 58: Remaining Long Format – Music Video – Part 1
Page 59: Remaining Long Format – Music Video – Part 2
Page 60: Remaining Long Format – Box Sets – Part 1
Page 61: Remaining Long Format – Box Sets – Part 2
Page 62: Remaining Long Format – Box Sets – Part 3
Page 63: Remaining Long Format – Box Sets – Part 4
Page 64: Remaining Long Format – Summary
Page 65: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – 1962-1966 (The Red Album) (1973)
Page 66: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – 1967-1970 (The Blue Album) (1973)
Page 67: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Rock ‘n’ Roll Music (1976)
Page 68: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl (1977)
Page 69: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Love Songs (1977)
Page 70: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – 20 Greatest Hits (1982)
Page 71: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Past Masters, Volume One (1988)
Page 72: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Past Masters, Volume Two (1988)
Page 73: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Live at the BBC (1994)
Page 74: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Anthology 1 (1995)
Page 75: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Anthology 2 (1996)
Page 76: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Anthology 3 (1996)
Page 77: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Yellow Submarine Songtrack (1999)
Page 78: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – 1 (2000)
Page 79: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Let It Be… Naked (2003)
Page 80: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Love (2006)
Page 81: BONUS: Total Album (all types) Sales per Country
Page 82: CSPC Results
Page 83: Biggest Tracks
Page 84: Artists Ranking

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Sonique

Is Beatles the best selling musical act in UK?

Martin

Yes.

Sonique

I hope you would update and make a record and achievement section for the Beatles

Jeric

Will BTS surpass the Beatles eventually? And is it possible that a current artist at present will surpass them?

Jeric

Thank you for your response!

Someone shared on Twitter that the Beatles is the second best selling artist of the century. Eminem took the first place. Can you pls confirm this fact? Thanks ahead and more power!

Jazz

Dont think so. Based on this site Btitney and Coldplay should sold more based on album sales alone. And pretty sure they sold more singles too.

Analord

This was discussed like two weeks ago in the “Best selling artists of all time” comments, Britney wouldn’t even be top 10… Coldplay might be #5, and indeed the Beatles would be #2, way behind Eminem.

WV27

Jeric, that is true but it needs some clarification. In the USA point of sales are measured by Nielsen SoundCard (now called MRC Nielsen). At the end of 2009 Nielsen estimated that Feminism was the #1 Artist of the first decade of the New Century (32m Album units sold) with The Beatles #2 (30m). Again this constitutes US album sales only from 2000-2009, and did not factor in Digital Downloads, Streaming, Video Streams, etc. Hope this helps.

WV27

Oops … sorry @Jericho. “feminism” is supposed to be EMINEM.

WV27

@jeric (sorry)

Richard Dakin

You show the US sales for the White Album at around 12 million. It is a double album. The RIAA has its sales at 24 million plus, making allowance for the fact that it is 2 records that were purchased. Ditto for the red and blue albums. The Anthologies were triple albums, as were the BBC albums.
Do your numbers make allowance for this?

Martin

Nope. The White Album, Physical Graffiti, The Wall etc are counted as one album, one sale, no multiplication of discs included, times sales.

One of the albums you mention, is probably the best example against multi counting. The double disc, Red Album, which has less tracks and a shorter total running time, than single disc 1.

Richard Dakin

I’m not sure I follow. If one buys and pays for an album that contains 2 records, have 2 records not been sold?
Do you allow for this by using the total number of tracks on the album?

Richard Dakin

MJD:Thank you for expaining that!
I really enjoy and appreciate the work that went into, and still goes into, your website. I look forward to updates as they appear.

tom riise

Update would be nice 🙂

Walter

Hi MJD,
the RIAA certifications on red album and blue album also include download and streaming, seen how much higher are they ?

César

I’ve just realized that the physical single sales of Beatles For Sale and A Hard Day’s Night are swapped.

César

I think this should get an update. It’s been 3 years and a lot of things have happened like the anniversary editions of Abbey Road and the White Album. (Also pls do George and Ringo’s CSPC 🙂 )

Dan

I’m positive they’ll be well above 420 mill after the update.

Al

Beatles featuring Tony Sheridan is included in the compilation section on page 46

Mark Lupi

Amazing work, congratulations! However you’ve missed one important EP release. The Beatles fifth Ep release, Long Tall Sally, which was released in Britain in June 1964 and is another reported global million seller.

Sonique

Has this already been included in the analysis? If not, I hope Chartmasters would consider verifying this one and include its sales in computing the Beatles CSPC points

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