Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Beatles: 1st week sales rock iTunes charts

The digital version of Beatlemania is off to a flying start.

Billboard reports that the initial Beatles sales figures are in: More than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs were sold on iTunes worldwide, according to Apple, since the Beatles catalog was made available Tuesday (Nov. 16).

U.S. album sales totaled 119,000 units, which included 13,000 digital box sets, while individual digital track sales reached 1.4 million, according to industry sources.

Each digital box set included 13 studio albums, the two-volume "Past Masters" compilation and the "Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964" concert film. Sources say the U.S. album sales tally of 119,000 counts each box set as one unit, while Apple's worldwide album sales tally counts each box set as multiple sales units, although it wasn't immediately clear how many units each box set accounted for.

In U.S. the best-selling album was "Abbey Road" and best-selling song was "Here Comes the Sun."

In my report last Wednesday – a mere 14 hours after The Beatles were available via iTunes, the numbers were already suggesting great things to come: all 16 Beatles records were on the iTunes Top 100 Albums Chart, including 8 in the Top 20 (and 13 in the Top 30)…while 20 Beatles tracks were on their way up the iTunes Top 100 Singles chart.

See also:

Beatles now available on iTunes
The Beatles: 1st day sales rock iTunes charts

hennemusic has set up quick and easy links for fans to access The Beatles library direct from iTunes: here’s the full Beatles catalogue, in order of release:

Please Please Me - The Beatles
With The Beatles - The Beatles
A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles
Beatles For Sale - The Beatles
Help! - The Beatles
Rubber Soul - The Beatles
Revolver - The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles
The Beatles (White Album) - The Beatles
Yellow Submarine - The Beatles
Abbey Road - The Beatles
Let It Be - The Beatles


The Beatles Box Set - The Beatles
The Beatles 1962–1966 (The Red Album) - The Beatles
The Beatles 1967–1970 (The Blue Album) - The Beatles
Past Masters, Vols. 1 & 2 - The Beatles