CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

Remaining Long Format Part 2 – US Albums #2

Continuing to go through their US albums, we face four additional million sellers. Issued in 1964/1966, they cover mostly songs from A Hard Day’s Night, Beatles For Sale and Help!. We can notice that Beatles for Sale generated more than 3 million sales through Beatles ’65 and Beatles VI, both of which sold a lot of copies on the back of its hits.

Once again, Orphan songs appear to be a tremendous addition to those packages. The situation we started to pass by when checking singles sales is visible again – the Beatles have not one but two discographies, their studio album outputs plus their stand-alone hits. That sounds quite theoretical but brings a real and massive difference to their final total as we are going to see.

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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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