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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tom riise

Update would be nice 🙂


the RIAA certifications on red album and blue album also include download and streaming, seen how much higher are they ?


I’ve just realized that the physical single sales of Beatles For Sale and A Hard Day’s Night are swapped.


I think this should get an update. It’s been 3 years and a lot of things have happened like the anniversary editions of Abbey Road and the White Album. (Also pls do George and Ringo’s CSPC 🙂 )


I’m positive they’ll be well above 420 mill after the update.


Beatles featuring Tony Sheridan is included in the compilation section on page 46

Mark Lupi

Amazing work, congratulations! However you’ve missed one important EP release. The Beatles fifth Ep release, Long Tall Sally, which was released in Britain in June 1964 and is another reported global million seller.

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