CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

Remaining Long Format Part 5 – Double Compilations #1

Disbanding in 1970, the Beatles continued to register smash hits as solo artists in 1971/1972. Their catalog was still truly hot and well deserving a comprehensive greatest hits album. There was so much material available that the first one coming out was a double-double LP release, Red and Blue albums, covering respectively 1962-1966 and 1967-1970 periods.

If many people already owned their studio albums, the fact that so many huge hits got issued outside of them made those packages essential, shifting an immense 44,8 million units combined. From the Red album, the leading force is unsurprisingly the orphan tracks which were very numerous in their early days. Maybe not as expected is the strong position Help! album. Owner of widely popular songs like Yesterday, Help! and Ticket to Ride, it contributes greatly to the compilation appeal at 22%.

From the Blue period, the main strength is clearly Abbey Road which has classic tunes like Come Together and Here Comes The Sun. The impressive second is Magical Mystery Tour. Rarely praised at the heights of their other 1967-1970 albums, that is mostly due to the inconsistent releases which corrupted a bit its image as it happens to be often regarded as some kind of a compilation rather than a valid studio effort. In terms of equivalent album sales, we can notice that all five albums covered by 1967-1970 are responsible for over 2 million units each as they all own memorable titles.

The last two lines refer to the 200,000 units selling Red / Blue box issued in 2010, with its sales being granted to each compilation as per CSPC formulas.

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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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