Beatles Remasters Selling Fast, But Not Fast Enough to Top UK Charts
Published Sep 14, 2009For those of us who have lamented that our generation will never have something that will leave as important an imprint on pop culture history as, say, the Beatles' legacy, check it out: on September 9 and 10 over 235,000 albums were sold by one artist. Aw, wait... it was the Beatles.
Still, these days it's cool to see such big numbers, which were, of course, in relation to the Beatles remasters released last week.
Just for kicks, here's how the sales figures broke down in the U.S.. Abbey Road was the best seller at 32,000 units sold, while Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club came in second with 27,000 sold. The White Album sold 22,000, Rubber Soul 21,000, Help! 16,000, and Revolver 15,000, according to Billboard.
Even though they come packing hefty price tags, the new the Beatles in Stereo and the Beatles in Mono box sets are also selling well. Billboard reports that industry insiders were predicting the stereo set would sell 25,000 copies by sales week's end and the mono set 10,000.
Despite the high sales, the Beatles did not take the number one chart position in the UK - that went to 92-year-old wartime singer Vera Lynn.