It’s only been a week since the Apple announcement that they promised us a day that we would never forget and finally made the Beatles song catalog available on iTunes but between then and now they have sold two million songs and 450,000 albums.
According to Billboard sales worked out like this:
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). In U.S. the best-selling album was “Abbey Road” and best-selling song was “Here Comes the Sun.”
Of that tally, 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.
I’m not the biggest Beatles fan, I do have my favorites, but it isn’t surprising at all that their music is selling as well as it is.