CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

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Do you feel this very special moment when starting to read such an article? That’s what happens when the daily subject is the Beatles. I won’t be creating a fake suspense – they are the biggest selling music act of all-time. The music industry hasn’t been the same after they fully redesigned the map when debuting way back in 1963. More than half a century later, identifying accurate information about their sales and their achievements is still a nightmare. Well, it still was until today!

You surely read it all – they sold more than anyone, their popularity is unparalleled, they topped 1 billion sales, shifted over 600 million albums, Sgt. Pepper LP is past 5 million copies in the UK, they broke every chart record in 1964 and got more million sellers than every other act. That’s what you read, not necessarily what is true. Indeed, all the numerical claims are purely fake.

Myself I have been going back and forth with their sales figures for 12 years until reaching at last a high point of satisfaction in an accuracy objective. I would like to particularly thanks the massive input from both Hernán Lopez and Anthony Blanchard that helped building what I can proudly announce as the most comprehensive, accurate and enlighting article ever published about the Beatles charts and sales.

Some of the information published in this post may surprise you and can also contradict official data, data which happens to be wrong. If anything concerns you, feel free to request additional details within’ comments section about data source and methods used to grant accuracy.

As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge the band results. The concept will not only bring you raw data of all the Beatles albums, physical singles, download singles, music videos and streaming, it will also accurately weight all this information to conclude on meaningful popularity indicators. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC idea, the next page explains it with a short video, I fully recommend you to check it before getting into sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to jump to the following pages. Let’s go!

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Patrick

I was wondering, have you tried putting these figures on Wikipedia, I know the editors there are pretty strict but if these figures are correct (or at least in the same ballpark) then why not put them there?

Vinícius

Wow it means Mariah Carey Is the best selling western artist in Asia! 👏🏻

Luminator

I appreciate your work. Thanks for showing how amazingly well the Fab Four did! The orphan album is just so massive, wow!

I am hoping for you to finally cover Mariah Carey for her birthday on the 27th of March! See ya!

Timber

This is amazing. I predict that MJ and Elvis will have a lower CSPC than the Beatles.

Martin

Yes I can’t see either topping The Beatles. I’d also imagine that while MJ (if analysed) will not be an easy or quick task to undertake, Presley (if analysed) would be an absolute nightmare given the plethora of different titles released under his name, globally and locally. I certainly wouldn’t like to undertake the that mission lol

Larry Johnson

Great job – but where is Elvis and the Eagles?

Al

Fantastic job! I’ve waited for this moment!!!

I also noticed these massive sales from Argentina. Their studio albums sold more there than in much larger markets like France, Brazil and Australia, do you know if there’s any particular reason for that?

Hernán Lopez

Hi Al, Thanks for your comments and we are very glad you liked the article, that was our purpose! As for Argentina, there are a number of reasons, some related to the market’s size and others to the cultural impact made by British groups, starting from The Beatles. The first thing to mention is that Argentina isn’t a very strong market now, but it was quite big (let’s say medium-to-big level) until the mid 70s. For instance, 32 million albums and singles were sold during 1975, more than in several key markets like Netherlands, Spain and even slightly bigger than… Read more »

borderwolf

Thanks, HUR, for analysing that market (your country…)

Al

Thank you for the answer!

Do you know if The Beatles are the best selling artist of all time in Argentina? (in album sales)

Hernán Lopez

Counting foreign music not sung in Spanish, they are the very best selling act ever and by a huge margin. Counting all sort of acts, disregarding the language, then Luis Miguel is likely to have sold a similar amount or even slightly bigger. That would take some research and no doubt that Luis Miguel will eventually be covered on Chartmasters. Julio Iglesias and Sandro (local singer) are both very strong selling artists, but highly unlikely to rival The Beatles in albums sales. So The Beatles are likely to be either the very best selling act in Argentina or the second… Read more »

Al

Thank you

Jason pitter

Sorry Hernán your Beatles figures are all inaccurate, sgt Pepper has sold 35 million and abbey road 32 million, and I’ve seen those figures on Beatles actual website and on a tv programme about the Beatles. Also you say the Beatles have not sold 1 billion records. So how come the Beatles have released around the world over 100 different singles which have sold over 1 million

skkywill

What about other big names who released big mount of records? (elvis,frank,barbra,nana )I cant wait to read

Fix

I’ve been waiting for ages for Barbra CSPC. Sigh.

Stollar

Fantastic job MJD 🙂

Mat

OMG!!!

pat200

holy moly you guys this is epic!! i knew you were working on something huge!! phenomenal job. wow. i need to read this article a few more times again to fully grasp everything. once again, all 3 of you, BRAVO!!!

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