CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

Beatles

Download Singles Sales – Part 1
Please Please Me (1963) – 360,000 equivalent albums

Love Me Do – 300,000
Do You Want to Know a Secret? – 200,000
Twist and Shout – 800,000
I Saw Her Standing There – 550,000
Remaining Tracks – 550,000

With the Beatles (1963) – 135,000 equivalent albums

All My Loving – 350,000
Remaining Tracks – 550,000

A Hard Day’s Night (1964) – 251,000 equivalent albums

A Hard Day’s Night – 400,000
If I Fell – 200,000
And I Love Her – 225,000
Can’t Buy Me Love – 350,000
I Should Have Known Better – 200,000
Remaining Tracks – 300,000

Beatles for Sale (1964) – 113,000 equivalent albums

I’ll Follow the Sun – 200,000
Eight Days a Week – 200,000
Remaining Tracks – 350,000

Album sales of the Beatles are very linear over their early albums, most of which sold roughly the same. On those digital sales, we start seeing a phenomenon very rare – the complete my discography logic.

The huge majority of artists need hits to sell albums. Let’s make it even clearer – all acts, as much of an album act as it may be regarded, sell their albums proportionally to the strength of the hits on them. No matter if you are speaking about Take That or Led Zeppelin, this remains true.

Beatles early albums keep on selling very similar amounts year after year. Nevertheless, digital results of their songs are way less in par between each of them. Please Please Me outperforms Beatles For Sale by more than 3 to 1 with Twist And Shout alone sells more units than the latter album.

Why the hell do those albums sell the same then? They are all on a fairly lower league than their latter albums in terms of reputation. The band name on its side is insanely popular. Their discography is relatively small and regarded as essential by many music lovers. All those facts combined together create a unique situation where the strength of hits is not enough of a factor against the complete my discography target. In other words, when a consumer starts considering buying one of those early albums, he most likely picked already at least 5 or 6 of the band records and is already aiming to buy them all.

With less than 6 million units sold in digital single format for all their tracks, those albums do not perform that well there. No song from this era reaches 1 million units.

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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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