Friday, September 11, 2009

Beatlemania Strikes Again : Beatles Remasters Sell Over 235,000 Albums In Two Days In U.S. Alone is reporting that the much-anticipated reissues of the Beatles' catalog which hit stores on Sept. 9 are doing brisk business.

According to SoundScan's Building Chart data, more than 235,000 albums were purchased in the US. on Wednesday (Sept. 9) and Thursday (Sept. 10). The Building Chart's panel of reporters is made up of seven merchants that SoundScan estimates represent more than 70% of all U.S. album sales: Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, iTunes, Starbucks, Borders, Target and Anderson Merchandisers.

That 235,000 figure is a mighty impressive number, considering in the week ending Sept. 6, the band's entire catalog shifted a total of 21,000.

Abbey Road was the band's bestseller in those two days, shifting 32,000 copies while Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club was in second-place with 27,000. Next up were The White Album (22,000), Rubber Soul (21,000), Help! (16,000) and Revolver (15,000).

With those kinds of preliminary figures already racked up, the Beatles will easily overwhelm both Billboard's Top Comprehensive Albums and Top Pop Catalog Albums charts next week. Nielsen SoundScan's sales tracking week runs from Monday through Sunday of each week and Billboard's new album charts will be revealed next Wednesday (Sept. 16).

On the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart, it looks like the Beatles will own nine out of the top 10 titles, with only Michael Jackson's resilient Number Ones the lone non-Beatles set.

Chart watchers note: the two new Beatles in Stereo and Beatles in Mono boxed sets will chart on the Billboard 200, as the tally houses current and new releases (generally those 18 months old or less). Over on the Top Comprehensive Albums chart, both old and new albums mingle together. Thus, the individual album reissues of the Beatles' catalog will chart on the Top Comprehensive Albums and Top Pop Catalog Albums charts.

Record label sources predict that "Abbey Road" could end up selling as much as 100,000 copies by the close of the tracking week on Sunday night, Sept. 13. Those well-trained industry eyeballs also figure "Peppers," "White Album" and "Rubber Soul" may shift anywhere between 45,000 and 60,000.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And if it's true that the boxed sets count only as one unit...not 13 or 10, depending on which box set one purchased,...then the sound scan tally really should be higher. Each album included in each box set sold should be separately counted.

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