The Beatles :: Charts & Sales History

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Postby blackbird » Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:59 pm

The Biggest Hits of All: The Hot 100's All-Time Top 100 Songs
Billboard - Billboard Staff, August 02, 2018

12 HEY JUDE The Beatles
48 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles
288 SHE LOVES YOU The Beatles
327 GET BACK The Beatles With Billy Preston
425 LET IT BE The Beatles
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Postby brian05 » Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:50 pm

^ Not sales based!

Methodology: The Greatest of All-Time 60th Anniversary Billboard Hot 100 Songs and Artists rankings are based on weekly performance on the Hot 100 (from its inception on Aug. 4, 1958, through July 21, 2018). Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates during various periods. Artists are ranked based on a formula blending performance, as outlined above, of all of their Hot 100 chart entries.
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Postby shane2167 » Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:53 am

Hi brian05,
Regarding the 1960s UK charts, roughly how many copies did a single have to sell to make the top 50,top 30,top 10?
Thanks for your help, shane
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Postby blackbird » Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:09 pm

Official Music Video Chart Top 50 UK: 05 August 2018 - 11 August 2018

TW|LW|WoC|Artist|Title
11 10 89 The Beatles - Eight Days A Week
32 31 29 The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
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Postby brian05 » Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:40 pm

shane2167 wrote:Hi brian05,
Regarding the 1960s UK charts, roughly how many copies did a single have to sell to make the top 50,top 30,top 10?
Thanks for your help, shane
A good question, but nobody knows the answer. The technology was not available to total over the counter sales. So any figures we have from the 1960s are shipment figures from the record companies. Sales varied throughout the decade, with 1964 being a good sales year. I would estimate sales of the no. 1 record to be around 60,000. But then The Beatles may have sold a lot more. Sales for top 50 were much lower, maybe only 5 to 10,000. But I may be completely wrong! Record companies were very secretive about sales back then, unlike today with the OCC giving out actual sales data. Don’t believe everything fan sites tell you, they are probably exaggerating.

Sales vary from day to day and week to week.
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Postby shane2167 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:10 am

Hi brian,thanks for the information.I've heard sales can go up and down weekly on charts so its all guesswork thus the reason for 2 different sales figures for every song people quote.Thanks again.
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Postby brian05 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:39 pm

OCC albums update.
The UK's Top 100 official biggest-selling artist albums of midweek is compiled by the Official Charts Company, based on sales of CDs, downloads, vinyl and other formats across Friday - Sunday.

41 (47) 1 The Beatles
83 (100) Sgt. Pepper The Beatles

But with missing streaming data these albums will probably be lower by Friday.
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Postby stevieb » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:22 pm

brian05 wrote:OCC albums update.
The UK's Top 100 official biggest-selling artist albums of midweek is compiled by the Official Charts Company, based on sales of CDs, downloads, vinyl and other formats across Friday - Sunday.

41 (47) 1 The Beatles
83 (100) Sgt. Pepper The Beatles

But with missing streaming data these albums will probably be lower by Friday.
I care almost nothing about streaming, It's the Album Sales Chart that interests me.
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Postby brian05 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:30 pm

But half of the 'sales' for 1 in recent times are coming from streams.
Otherwise it would not be in the Top 100 chart.
Unfortunately the Album Sales chart is not recognised as the 'official chart'.

If you removed streaming sales then The Beatles singles would not be certified Silver since 2010.
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Postby brian05 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:43 am

Chart rule from the OCC.
9.3 Multiple Albums

Where a track appears on more than one album by an artist, streams of this track will be attributed equally to each studio album and a maximum of one greatest hits album (the hits title with the highest sales DUS for that given week, or other hits title nominated in advance by label).
That is why 1 is doing so well. I think this is called double counting - bizarre!
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Postby stevieb » Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:54 am

brian05 wrote:But half of the 'sales' for 1 in recent times are coming from streams.
Otherwise it would not be in the Top 100 chart.
Unfortunately the Album Sales chart is not recognised as the 'official chart'.

If you removed streaming sales then The Beatles singles would not be certified Silver since 2010.
I appreciate this, which is why I am no longer especially interested in the main OCC Album chart, but concentrate (and post here) instead on the Album Sales chart. I don't dismiss streaming both as a mechanism for listening (or more often simply 'hearing' music), although it's not how I listen to music, and how many streams Beatles tracks achieve is of peripheral interest to me, although it is clearly an indicator of their enduring popularity. But ultimately, it is the number of times that Beatles recordings are purchased that will always be my far and away of greatest interest to me.
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Postby blackbird » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:06 am

Top 200 Album Sales U.S.: Week Ending August 2, 2018

TW|Artist|Title|Album sales|Retail sales|Independent sales|Mass merchant sales|Non traditional sales
165 The Beatles - Abbey Road 1,471 239 255 250 728
39? The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1,244 174 172 357 542

Strange #39 for Sgt. Pepper.
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Postby blackbird » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:10 am

Top 200 Album Sales Past 4 Weeks U.S.: Week Ending August 2, 2018

TW|Artist|Title|Album sales|Retail sales|Independent sales|Mass merchant sales|Non traditional sales
165 The Beatles - Abbey Road 6,439 1,019 1,158 994 3,268
39? The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 5,606 867 892 1,539 2,308
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Postby blackbird » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:16 am

Billboard 200 Albums 11/08/2018: Week Ending August 2, 2018

TW|LW|WoC|Artist|Title
148 133 328 The Beatles - 1
159 143 268 The Beatles - Abbey Road
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Postby blackbird » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:30 am

Top Vinyl Albums U.S. 11/08/2018: Week Ending August 2, 2018

TW|LW|WoC|Artist|Title
12 3 288 The Beatles - Abbey Road
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Postby brian05 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:36 am

Where a track appears on more than one album by an artist, streams of this track will be attributed equally to each studio album and a maximum of one greatest hits album (the hits title with the highest sales DUS for that given week, or other hits title nominated in advance by label).
So Come together streams contribute to this track, also to Abbey Road and 1 but not to 1967-1970 or Past Masters.
Yellow Submarine streams contribute to this track, also to Yellow Submarine album, Yellow Submarine Songtrack and 1 but not to 1962-1966 or Past Masters.
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Postby blackbird » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:01 pm

Billboard 100 Albums Canada 11/08/2018: Week Ending August 2, 2018

TW|LW|WoC|Artist|Title
73 74 44 The Beatles - 1
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Postby blackbird » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:12 pm

The Beatles Rap in New York
The Village Voice - R. C. Baker, August 6, 2018
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Postby stevieb » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:56 pm

brian05 wrote:
Where a track appears on more than one album by an artist, streams of this track will be attributed equally to each studio album and a maximum of one greatest hits album (the hits title with the highest sales DUS for that given week, or other hits title nominated in advance by label).
So Come together streams contribute to this track, also to Abbey Road and 1 but not to 1967-1970 or Past Masters.
Yellow Submarine streams contribute to this track, also to Yellow Submarine album, Yellow Submarine Songtrack and 1 but not to 1962-1966 or Past Masters.
You couldn't make it up could you! Oh, sorry, someone actually did!!!
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Postby bigred » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:11 pm

stevieb wrote:
brian05 wrote:
Where a track appears on more than one album by an artist, streams of this track will be attributed equally to each studio album and a maximum of one greatest hits album (the hits title with the highest sales DUS for that given week, or other hits title nominated in advance by label).
So Come together streams contribute to this track, also to Abbey Road and 1 but not to 1967-1970 or Past Masters.
Yellow Submarine streams contribute to this track, also to Yellow Submarine album, Yellow Submarine Songtrack and 1 but not to 1962-1966 or Past Masters.
You couldn't make it up could you! Oh, sorry, someone actually did!!!
It is a confusing world we now live in regarding tracking album/single sales. I much prefer 40 years ago when there were multiple record retailers around,
all within 5-10 miles of home. You would walk in and there would be 7-8 copies available of every title from "Meet the Beatles" thru "Let it Be" and 62-66 and 67-70. Payday would come on Friday and it was a cinch you were in a record store that weekend buying 3-4 albums. The good old days. Sadly, those days are in the rear view mirror,unlikely to ever return. :cry:
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Postby brian05 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:23 pm

iTunes update
88 The Beatles 1 (2015 Version)
At least it is still being downloaded (at £11.99). With a few streams it might make the Top 40 this week. :D

On the singles chart,
300 The Beatles Here Comes the Sun
572 The Beatles In My Life
616 The Beatles Hey Jude
741 The Beatles Let It Be
971 The Beatles All You Need Is Love
1197 The Beatles Twist and Shout
1424 The Beatles Blackbird

It's only a matter of time before In my life, All you need is love and Blackbird are certified Silver.
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Postby bigred » Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:17 pm

brian05 wrote:iTunes update
88 The Beatles 1 (2015 Version)
At least it is still being downloaded (at £11.99). With a few streams it might make the Top 40 this week. :D

On the singles chart,
300 The Beatles Here Comes the Sun
572 The Beatles In My Life
616 The Beatles Hey Jude
741 The Beatles Let It Be
971 The Beatles All You Need Is Love
1197 The Beatles Twist and Shout
1424 The Beatles Blackbird

It's only a matter of time before In my life, All you need is love and Blackbird are certified Silver.
It sure is nice to know that in this day and age the Beatles sales accomplishments are STILL being recognized in some countries.
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Postby brian05 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:44 pm

And still popular in Sweden,

iTunes Albums:

7. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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Postby blackbird » Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:11 pm

50 Years Of 'Abbey Road' Album Cover Tributes and Parodies
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Postby borderwolf » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:20 pm

Wu-Tang Record Outvalues Beatles Vinyls
https://www.statista.com/chart/14997/th ... ve-vinyls/
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With a mint LP priced somewhere between $15 and $25, collecting vinyl indeed is an expensive hobby. But the expenses of a casual vinyl collector are nothing in comparison to the money serious vinylheads have to spend to expand their collection. As this chart shows, the five most expensive records ever sold could each buy you some real estate. Even though five of the ten highest valued LPs are from the Beatles, the Brooklyn-based Wu-Tang Clan once more showed their everlasting influence on music culture. Their conceptual 1-in-1 album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin sold for $2 million, more than the combined worth of the other nine records on the list.

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