2.25 million units and
By Blurt Staff
Okay, so we brought you not one, but two features on the
Beatles remasters, and we were even courteous enough to do some research on
eBay and at music retail sites to fill you in on what’s going on among Fab Four
Now comes an official press release from Apple about the
bottom line – that the Beatles remasters sold more than 2.25 million CDs during
the first week of release, breaking chart records all over the planet. Rather
than filter the news, we’ll just let you glom the entire shebang. Warning: your
eyes just may glaze over. But hey, would you rather be reading about, say, a Garth Brooks
or Backstreet Boys record-breaking event?
London, England –
September 22, 2009 – Underlining their timeless appeal and unique status in music, The Beatles
have broken multiple chart records around the world following the September 9,
2009 (9-9-09) CD release of their digitally re-mastered catalogue. In the major
music markets of North America, Japan and the UK, consumers purchased more than
2.25 million copies of The Beatles’ re-mastered albums, individually and in two
multiple-CD boxed sets, one in stereo and one in mono, during the first five days
of release (excluding non-traditional retail outlets whose sales are not
tracked by the chart compilers).
original UK studio albums
were re-mastered by a dedicated team of engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London over a four year
period, carefully maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the original
analogue recordings. The result is the highest fidelity the catalogue has seen
since its original release.
The most popular band of the 20th century, The
Beatles are beloved by music fans in the 21st century, as evidenced
by their current unparalleled global chart performance:
- US: During the first five days of
release, consumers purchased more than one million copies of re-mastered
Beatles titles, and the individual CD and boxed sets debuted strongly across
multiple Billboard charts.
- On Billboard‘s
Comprehensive Albums chart, which lists the most popular album releases in the US, including
current and catalogue titles, The Beatles set a new record for the most
simultaneous titles by a single artist (18), including five of the top 10 and
nine of the top 20.
- On the Pop Catalog
chart, The Beatles achieved another new Billboard chart first for the
most simultaneous titles in the top 50 (16), a record they previously set
themselves with 12 titles in December 1995.
The Beatles have nine of the chart’s top 10 titles, and all 14
re-mastered CDs are in the top 20, led by ‘Abbey Road’ at number one and ‘Sgt.
Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ at number two.
- On the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, ‘The Beatles’ stereo boxed set debuted at number 15, and
‘The Beatles in Mono’ limited edition boxed set debuted at number 40.
- On Billboard‘s
- UK: In last week’s chart, The Beatles had four
titles in the top 10, seven in the top 40 and 16 in the top 75, including both
the stereo and mono boxes, as well as 2000’s ‘Beatles 1′ compilation. This set
a new record for the most simultaneous albums in the UK charts according to the UK
Official Charts Company. In this week’s UK chart, The Beatles have 13
albums in the top 75. A further 84,000
CDs were sold last week, bringing their total sales of the remasters to more
than 354,000 in 11 days and their total UK sales this decade to 6,755,000.
- Japan: All
14 re-mastered titles and boxed sets debuted in the top 25 of the international
chart, including seven of the top 10, led by the stereo boxed set at number
two, the mono boxed set at number three, ‘Abbey Road’ at four and ‘Let It Be’
at six. Across all titles and box sets, more than 840,000 albums were purchased
by consumers in Japan
in the first three days of sales.
- Canada: The
Beatles have 15 of the top 20 catalogue titles including all of the top 11. The
stereo boxed set is a new entry in the current albums chart at number four, the
highest debut for a boxed set in Canada since Nielsen SoundScan
started tracking sales. Cumulative sales across all titles were just under
160,000 over the counter.
- France: All
14 of the re-mastered titles and boxed sets entered the latest album chart,
including three in the top 10, led by ‘Abbey Road’ at number four, a new record
for the most original studio albums in the French album chart in one week.
- Italy: The
Beatles have 17 titles in the current chart – all 14 re-mastered titles, the
two boxed sets, plus the ‘1′ compilation, a record for the most simultaneous
entries in the album chart.
- Belgium: With
17 entries in the current chart – the 14 re-mastered titles, two boxed sets and
‘1′ compilation – The Beatles have set a new record for the most simultaneous
albums in the Belgian chart as confirmed by chart compiler Ultrapop.
- Sweden: The
Beatles have 16 titles simultaneously in the top 60, led by ‘Abbey Road’ at number six. Local industry
body IFPI have confirmed that this is a record for the Swedish charts.
- Argentina: Seven of the current top 10 albums are Beatles re-masters, led by ‘Sgt.
Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at number two, ‘Abbey Road’ at number three
and ‘The Beatles’ (The White Album) at number four. All 14 re-mastered titles are in the top 20
and the boxed sets are at numbers 73 and 74 in the chart.
- Spain: 13 Beatles
albums plus both boxed sets debuted in the latest chart, a record for a single
artist. The combined sales of the boxed
sets places them at number four in the chart.
- Poland: All 14
re-mastered albums and two boxed sets debuted in the current top 100, led by ‘Abbey Road’ at six.
This is a record for the highest number of simultaneous entries in the Polish
- Switzerland: 14 Beatles
titles, including the stereo boxed set, debuted in the most recent album chart,
a record for the most simultaneous titles in the album chart.
- Denmark: The latest
album chart includes 15 re-mastered Beatles titles, plus the ‘1′ compilation,
including four of the top 20.
- Australia: The Beatles have 14 titles in the current
chart, including the ‘1′ compilation.
- Germany: The
combined sales of the stereo and mono boxed sets, with one boxed set counted as
one unit sale, places them as the number three best seller in the latest chart.
- Austria: The
current top 75 contains 12 re-mastered titles plus the stereo boxed set.
- Portugal: The
re-mastered titles occupy 11 places in the current top 30 album chart,
including three of the top 10.
- Norway: The
combined stereo and mono boxed sets debut at number three with a further 12
re-mastered titles in the top 100.
- Colombia: Half of
the current top 10 albums are Beatles re-masters titles.
- Korea: During the first sales week The
Beatles occupied 16 of the top 17 spots in Korea’s Hottracks album chart.