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Beatles Reissues Score 13 Of Top 14 Albums


09/16/2009
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(antiMusic) The Beatles reissues snagged 13 out of the top 14 Slots on the Billboard Catalog album charts. (Billboard doesn't count reissues for the Top 200 list) Soundscan's PR sent over this report from Billboard: Preliminary figures indicate the Fab Four's catalog of albums -- including those titles not part of its new reissue series -- sold a combined 626,000 units in the U.S. last week according to Nielsen SoundScan. In the week previous (week ending Sept. 6), the band's collective albums sold just 21,000.

All of The Beatles' individual album reissues are eligible to chart on both the Top Comprehensive Albums chart and Top Pop Catalog Albums chart. The former houses all albums, regardless of their age, while the latter is for those 18 months or older. The Billboard 200 tally includes only current and new releases. So, the band's two new boxed sets "Beatles in Stereo" and "Beatles in Mono" will chart on the Billboard 200, while the individual album reissues of The Beatles' catalog will chart on the Top Comprehensive Albums and Top Pop Catalog Albums charts.

While "Abbey Road" was the best-seller of The Beatles' reissues last week, the rest of the series did quite well. In order of the best-sellers following "Abbey," we have: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (74,000), "The White Album" (60,000), "Rubber Soul" (58,000), "Revolver" (46,000), "Help!" (39,000), "Let It Be" (32,000), "Past Masters Vols. I and II" (31,000), "Magical Mystery Tour" (30,000), "A Hard Day's Night" (29,000), "The Beatles in Stereo" (26,000), "Please Please Me" (23,000), "With the Beatles" (22,000), "Beatles For Sale" (21,000), "Yellow Submarine" (14,000) and "The Beatles in Mono" (12,000).
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