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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tom riise

Today “Come Together” reached 1oo million streams on spotify,
the second song from “Abbey Road”, the first was “Here Comes The Sun”.
“Abbey Road” total now is 432,741,690.

tom riise

Geoff Emerick just posted a picture of him recieving an award
for Anthology 1 for sales of more than 8 million..You can see
the picture in the FB group ” The magnificent Beatles videos and photos room.

Ben

Unreal achievement. Backstreet Boys and Nsync are nowhere near where they are at their peak. Dont let me even begin with one direction. I was too young to know. However, my father who was a big huge fan of the Beatles and used to play so many2 60s singers CD in our hi-fi back when I was a kid, used to tell me that top singers like Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Elton John, Cher, are all just a 2nd rate singers compared to The Beatles. Such a legend.

Pelvis

Then when you will see their respective videos on YouTube I noticed that some videos find them without putting the article The preceding into the word Beatles.

Pelvis

Hello MJD !!!
Due to keep blocking or removal Apple many videos on YouTube have been removed, so imagine that YouTube streaming of The Beatles is disappointing,insignificant or irrelevant.
What do you think about it ? I’m curious about your opinion !!

Tom Riise

Hello MJD, would it be possible to add total albums per country
and records and achivements for The Beatles ?..Thanks in advance
for your work on this site 🙂

Pelvis

Thank dear MJD for the full answers, then noticing the section of the orphane songs I saw that 2 songs are missing : All Things Must Pass (demo) which is present in the Anthology 3 and Fly On The Wall (Interview – Let it Be…Naked) (Medley).
I think you upgrade the Beatles with their respective YouTube streaming towards the beginning of March 2018. Did I Guess ?

John Woodford

There are many south east asian countries and india that bought many beatles records.

also figures from africa have been left out

John Woodford

Sgt pepper sales for uk should be 5m

Mau88

Amazing job!

you have a new follower in latin america . Could you please post the BONUS: Total Album (all types) Sales per Country for the Beatles? please!!

Thank you so much in advance!

Che1967

Great work MJD!

Grendizer

Very interesting reading and historical overview. Enormous amount of work and documentation are involved here.
Anyway, I am very surprise by the amount of record sold in south america, especially if the sixties and seventies are concerned.
This is what I found in Cashbox 1968-7-6 :
“Sales figures in Argentina remained at the same level of 66/67, with strong hits selling between 60.000 and 100.000 (singles), LP’s ranging from 30.000 to 60.000 and many best sellers lits not surpassing the 15.000 mark.”
This is about the same than Spain when per hit “Delilah” by Tom Jones did 125.000.

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