CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

Remaining Long Format Part 8 – Anthology Project

Issued along with the television series of the same name, the three double-CDs Anthology albums sold an awful lot of discs in 1995/1996. The hype slowed down quickly and their catalog sales are abysmal in comparison to the group remaining discography, still it was a welcome addition when it came out.

The project followed the band history. As such, the first volume, which is by far the biggest seller, covers their early years. Please Please Me is one more time an incredible sales driver, much stronger than what its own sales would suggest. From Anthology 2, Help! is the main force while the White Album, Abbey Road and Let It Be are equally strong within’ Anthology 3.

As we go over their compilations, a picture is starting to be painted. The likes Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt Pepper’s haven’t been as strong as contributors as one would have though. The erroneous first though would be that they were stronger as studio albums, thus generated less compilation sales. The truth is the opposite – their studio album catalog sales held better than several of their other albums very precisely because they have been less cannibalized by compilations.

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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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