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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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.

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