Since becoming available on iTunes for the first time last Tuesday, Nov. 16, the Beatles have sold over 450,000 albums and two million individual singles worldwide, figures released by reveal.
The Beatles’ debut week on iTunes has, according to the Guardian, been hailed “a pretty amazing achievement” by an insider at the band’s label EMI.
Despite the overall success of the back-catalogue, only one track — ‘Hey Jude’ — managed to break into Sunday’s, Nov. 21, Top 40 singles chart, while greatest hits compilations known as the ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ albums were the only LPs to chart in the UK.
Meanwhile in the US, ‘Abbey Road’ was the top-selling Beatles’ album and ‘Here Comes the Sun’ proved most popular as an individual download, Billboard reports.
The Beatles had been expected to dominate the UK charts after the recent Fab Four-themed ‘X Factor’ but industry observers now believe that sales have been affected by the decision to make the band’s entire back catalogue available simultaneously.