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post Sep 6 2018, 08:25 PM
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Out today and available in all good book stores, priced at £20.
Iíll give a few music statistics (mindful of copyright restrictions).

Fastest selling album
Beatles 1 sold 3.6m on first day of release and 13.5m after first month.

Fastest selling album in a single country
Adeleís 25 sold 3,378,000 copies in the US in 1 week.

Biggest selling album
Michael Jacksonís Thriller has sold 66m worldwide. Sales in US are 33m according to RIAA.

Largest selling single
Bing Crosbyís White Christmas with sales of 50m.
Second largest seller is Elton Johnís Candle in the wind with sales of 33m.

Greatest songwriter in UK
Paul McCartney has penned 192 hit songs.

Greatest number of covers
The Beatles have 4,136 covers of their songs.

Longest gap between returning to number 1
Beatles Sgt Pepper returned to number 1 on the UK album chart after 49 years and 127 days.

Best selling solo artist
Elvis Presley has amassed 1 billion sales worldwide according to his RCA record label.

Best selling group
EMI has estimated the Beatles sales at more than 1 billion discs and tapes to date.

There are many more interesting facts (particularly on streaming totals in 2017) but I wonít quote anymore because you can buy the book yourself (available at W. H. Smith for only £10).

Those 1 billion estimates are obviously way out. Maybe Guinness are still using equivalent sales where 1 album = 6 units.

That Beatles total has remained the same for several years. Strange they talk about cassette tapes and donít mention downloads or streams. Also Universal took over EMI.
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post Sep 10 2018, 12:39 PM
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Guinness first made this claim for The Beatles sales in 1983 when they stated they "had sold 1,004 million discs and tapes to the end of 1982".
So physical sales, downloads and streams in the last 36 years must mean global sales are nearer to 2 billion by now. dance.gif
Only joking of course.

This claim was then repeated every year. Here is the 1997 Guinness claim.



Apple/Universal stated sales of 600 million back in 2010 (before digital downloads). Here is the Press Release from Tuesday November 16th 2010.

Apple Corps Ltd. was founded by The Beatles in 1968 to look after the groupís own affairs. The London-based company has administered the catalogue of The Beatles releases of the 1960s that have sold to date more than 600 million records, tapes and CDs.


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post Sep 28 2018, 11:18 AM
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Just for information.
The Top Ten of Everything 2019 has just been published and there are lots of facts and figures for the music scene. The book does not say so but they all refer to US charts/sales. Nothing for UK at all. The facts were compiled by BuzzAngle Music for 2017.
You can download the statistics by clicking here.
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