CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

Remaining Long Format Part 7 – Double Compilations #3

Both Past Masters volumes are full of iconic songs. The irony is that they contain only what one would flag as rarities, e.g. songs that weren’t part of the original UK studio albums or that were released long before them as stand-alone singles. Its aim was to fill the holes of the hugely hyped initial CD releases of UK studio albums in 1987.

Considering this theme, it is quite normal to see that most sales got generated by orphan songs. Hits like Love Me Do, Revolution, Get Back and Let It Be were first released as singles before getting included into Please Please Me, the While Album and Let It Be, which provides all those albums a true role in the best of appeal.

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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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