Beatlemania has hit the UK, despite grumbles from the naysayers, it looks like this week’s album charts will be dominated by music from the band. The Official Charts Company this morning confirmed the wave of retail support for music from the popular beat combo.
“After first days sales have been counted of The Beatles’ remastered catalogue reissues from EMI Music, the Official Charts Company has predicted that the Fab Four will dominate this Sunday’s Official Albums Chart,” the company said.
After pre-orders and one days sales were counted, the Fab Four appear on course to take up to five Top 20 places and 15 in the Top 75. The biggest selling titles among their reissues are Abbey Road and Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, while the stereo box set also looks on course to appear in the Top 20.
Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot says, “These results for the reissues indicate that Beatlemania is alive and well. There are still three more sales days to be counted – today, Friday and Saturday – so this story is not complete yet. But already it is clear that the Beatles’ enduring appeal shows no signs of waning.”
Biggest selling Beatles albums – after first day’s sales.
1 ABBEY ROAD
2 SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
4 THE BEATLES (STEREO BOX SET)
5 RUBBER SOUL
6 THE BEATLES
7 PAST MASTERS
8 MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
9 THE BEATLES IN MONO
10 A HARD DAY’S NIGHT
NB. Chart shows the biggest selling Beatles reissues in order, based on first days sales and pre-orders.
Source: Official Charts Company.