CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

Full Length related records Sales – Summary

Here is the most underestimated indicator of an album success – the amount of compilation sales of all kinds it generated. Due to the dependency of the own studio album sales on those releases, they are a key piece of the jigsaw.

The first five UK albums sold less by themselves because of studio albums look a like issued on other markets, EP sales hitting them too as well as live sets from that era. All that added value gets retrieved to them as it appears inside the table.

Albums like Please Please Me, Help!, Abbey Road and Let It Be were the primary drivers of major compilation sales. In the other side, ongoing catalog sales of Sgt Pepper’s remained strong due to its little help in other packages results. Rubber Soul, the White Album and Revolver only brought relatively low support to the band catalog strength outside of their own sales too.

Once putting all those units together, Please Please Me ends up as the most recycled album of the band. The worth it created concluded on a terrific 21 million of compilation sales.

Thanks to their double discography – albums and stand-alone singles – the Orphan Album has an unreal power, totalling 53 million sales generated.

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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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