On the Charts: Four Decades Later, The Beatles Are Still Number One

September 16th, 2009 by Daniel Kreps Leave a reply »

The Big News: Jay-Z may have won the battle of the charts, but the Beatles won the war. Jigga’s The Blueprint 3 debuted at Number One on the Top 200 with 475,000 copies sold, giving him one of the best first weeks in 2009, but the Fab Four were the big story as their remastered catalog combined to sell 646,000 albums 40 years after the majority of the LP were originally released. BP3 marks Jay-Z’s 11th trip to the top of the charts, meaning he has surpassed Elvis Presley to become the solo artist with the most Number One albums of all time. Blueprint 3 also improved on the 425,000 copies American Gangster sold in its debut in 2007.

Like Michael Jackson’s albums, the Beatles weren’t eligible for the Top 200, but on the Comprehensive Albums chart, the Fab Four simply dominated as fans rushed to hear the band’s remastered work. 1969’s Abbey Road was the week’s Number Three album, selling 88,000 copies. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band finished at Number Five with 73,000 copies en route to passing the quadruple platinum mark. In total, the Beatles had five albums in the Comprehensive’s Top 10, and nine in the Top 20. On top of that, the complete Beatles in Stereo box set sold 25,000 copies to land Number 15 on the Top 200 where it was eligible as a new release, while the Beatles in Mono moved 11,000 boxes to finish at 40. It goes without saying that the Beatles also put to an end Michael Jackson’s ownership of the Catalog Albums chart.

Debuts: Amid the Fab Four and Jigga sales explosion, Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II boasted big numbers at Number Four, pushing 67,000 copies to give the Chef his best numbers since the album’s predecessor also debuted at Number Four 14 years ago. Also cracking the Top 10 were the newly split Brooks & Dunn’s #1s… And Then Some at Five and...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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