CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

Streaming Part 7 – Not Orphan of Success

This melting pot of songs from various horizons includes some of the most notorious Beatles success. We saw within’ the physical singles sales that their top 6 selling singles were from the Orphan Album folder. Without the advantage of being available on only one format while others were part of albums too, those songs are not leading the pack anymore in Streaming.

Hey Jude is close to 45 million still, followed by I Want To Hold Your Hand at 34 million and She Loves You at 21 million. It’s interesting to notice that between themselves, sales ranking of Orphan songs is still respected – this is the same Top 3 in each physical, download and streaming sales. When comparing to studio album singles though, the Orphan songs are much higher in physical sales. This reveals in a very clear way the immediate and mutual cannibalization impact of physical singles vs albums releases.

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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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