CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

Streaming Part 4 – All You Need is Sgt. Pepper’s

The aforementioned transition into more album-oriented eras gets truly visible here. Almost all songs from Sgt Pepper’s album are at 4 million and more, yet no hit reaches 16 million, meaning the full track list minus one song fall into a 4 to 1 ballpark. As a comparison, the ballpark was 25 to 1 on Please Please Me.

Surprisingly, while its consistency should be highlighted, the overall total of the 1967 classic remains fairly weak. At 95,000 equivalent album sales, it is even topped by Magical Mystery Tour, among others. 1966 Rolling Stones album Aftermath, arguably nowhere near as iconic as Sgt Pepper’s, destroys its streaming results with 261,000 equivalent album sales as of December 3 2016. Of course one may argue the Beatles arrived late in Streaming World, but considering how much it has been booming month after month even if they had been available since the beginning this album would still be well under its Stones challenger.

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I’m curious why their digital singles sales are so low compared to the likes of Queen and MJ?


I guess that one important reason is that they wait many years until put the catalogue there (2009), and 5 years later that market started to collapse, so they had few years to make sales. I mean, even Elvis have a little more digital sales, when the Beatles outstream him x2.


It’s explained on page 31 of this article.


I would love to see the sales of George Harrison. Both John Lennon and Paul Mccartney are updated while George and Ringo are missing. I assume Ringo hasn’t sold that well but George had string of succesful albums starting with All Things Must Pass. Maybe in the future when The Beatles sales are going to be updated you could also do George and Ringo, same as it was done with Neil Young, when both Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were done at the same time. I’m sure a lot of people would love to see that. Thank… Read more »

Tom Riise

An update on The Beatles would be great.

Eric Williams

BFD on amount of records sold. Theres more people in the world. All these groups/people are playing because of the BEATLES. I bought my first guitar from a guys living room. I traded my flute in for an electric guitar, at Jacks Drum Shop, after Feb. 1964 when they were on Ed Sullivan. There was no Guitar Center, or anything like that. Since the BEATLES, everyone and their brother play guitar.

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