CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

Beatles

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!

4.5 31 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

124 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
jt1916

In the spotify number tool of the Beatles not appear the song Free as Bird from the Anthology 1.

Sonique

I wonder how many units(sps) Beatles have sold this year. Abbey Road and One charted all year long plus the re-entry of Let It Be on the charts. The reissue managed to make it in the top 5 at some point and has been charting really high on the charts since then

jt1916

Yes, and with the release of the documentary Get Back have experimented even a bigger increase in sales both physicals, digitals or even in streams

Winston68

Hi ! LIke Sonique, I’ve noticed the loss of 10 M sales for The Beatles, from 416 to 406 M. Is it a glitch or is there a reason for this strange change ?… Thanks for your explaination.

Suhayb

Do YouTube streams include in your chart?

Sonique

yes

Sonique

Why does the site look different now? Is this the new layout? Can someone explain? Al, Martin, MJD, or other cm staff?

IMG_20211211_143248.jpg
Sonique

Where’s Al, MJD, or Martin? I miss you. You haven’t been on the site lately

Sonique

Is that how the layout looks ever since? The site had a red color design before now it’s all white like the pic I’ve shown above

Sonique

I noticed the Beatles lost 10M+ EAS in streams. They were around 416/417+ before now its only 406. Hope you could fix that

Suhayb

Will you put down Michael Jackson becouse you favor beatles?

WK1

Dear Suhayb,
I have known Mjdangerous for many years — as well as Martin & the other editors of this site — & he is professional enough to separate his personal feelings for an act & his integrity for following the facts.
And so are those associated with Chartmasters.

Sonique

If you think about it, his name is MjDangerous so if he favours anyone, it has to be Michael hehehe. Kidding aside, I think they’re just being fair to everyone.

Dan

I didn’t know that the D in MJD stands for Dangerous lol

césar

even though it’s been YEARS and an update happened, the swapped physical single sales mistake has not been fixed yet 😭

61F522C7-9E85-4DBD-B15E-F1179A22720B.jpeg
joan Toni

Then the eas result for AHDN should be 2 million higher and for Beatles for Sale lower, no?

jt1916

Hi! For curiosity, Are The Beatles the most sold artist in Spain in non spanish language? And what place they would ocuppier overall? Thanks

Clockingbell

Queen, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd and Madonna have sold more.

jt1916

Thanks

Sonique

Hello, Chartmasters? Can I ask something?

Al

Sure!

Sonique

Hello, Al! Do you think Michael Jackson will surpass The Beatles based on the rate of how fast he’s selling right now? ☺️

Al

Hi Sonigue!

I don’t really think it’s the case as of now, they’re doing about the same on streaming but The Beatles’ catalogue sales are considerably larger, partly thanks to their reissues in recent years.

Hard to say in the very long run but if he ever surpass them will it take decades for him to catch up.

Sonique

Thanks, Al! By the way, your DP is nice 🙂

I hope I could talk more about music with you ♥️♥️

Al

Hehe thanks!

You can message me here or at @JpopReviews on Twitter if you have any more questions.

Sonique

How could I message you privately here?

Al

You can’t here, but my dms on twitter are private

Lim Hyunjin

Michael Jackson has six studio albums after adulthood, whereas the number of studio albums of the Beatles is much higher than that of Michael Jackson.

Therefore, I think it is unreasonable to compare the degree of success of two artists with the sum of album sales.

See Chartmaster’s ASR. https://chartmasters.org/2018/04/extreme-cspc-introducing-the-asr-artist-success-rating/6/

Mikko

Never surpass Beatles. That ‘s sure.

Sonique

I think so but I’m curious how the gap would be after their updates.

I also wish chartmasters will publish their own Greatest of All Time list akin to Rolling Stone magazine’s list which was not solely based on sales.

Carmen T

B est
E xciting
A mazing
T alented
L ads
E ver
S een

No wonder they are not considered one of the best groups ever, BUT THE BEST:)
Three things in this world that is precious, and we are lucky to enjoy.
The Environment, Animals, Beatles

Sonique

Is it true that data from other markets such as USSR/Russia and Philippines are still needed to be added in The Beatles sales? And will you pls confirm if Long Tall Sally sales were already included in your analysis or is that part still missing?

Thank you!

Sonique

MARTIN!!!!!!!! 😍😍

or MJD

Martin

No, data from those markets has been accounted for. When an update is performed, we will look to see if any additional information/knowledge has come to light, which certainly has with regards to the USSR and adjusted numbers accordingly.

Not sure what you mean, with regards to LTS.

Last edited 1 year ago by Martin
Sonique

Martin, thank you 😍 🤗

Sonique

What do you mean by it will probably downgrade their traditional albums? Can you please elaborate on this? Will it not increase their CSPS since sales were missing from these countries?

Thank you, MJD 😍

Sonique

So the missing data would not increase their sales but to allocate them properly?