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Beatles CDs: 235,000 in 2 days

September 11, 2009 |  5:28 pm


During the first two days of release, newly remastered Beatles CDs have sold more than 235,000 copies and will take over many of the top positions on next week’s charts of the nation’s bestselling albums, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The preliminary figures are from seven retailers that account for approximately 70% of all CD sales in the nation. “Abbey Road” is leading among 14 newly refurbished titles, and Billboard reports that it could sell 100,000 copies by the end of the sales monitoring period on Sunday. It’s currently the third bestselling album of the week, behind Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint 3” and Miley Cyrus' “Time of Our Lives” EP. Jay-Z’s album went on sale a day before the Beatles albums arrived in stores Sept. 9, and Cyrus’ latest showed up two days earlier.

“It looks like the Beatles will own nine out of the top 10 titles” on the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart, “with Michael Jackson's resilient ‘Number Ones’ the lone non-Beatles set,” Billboard reported.

Individual Beatles albums won’t appear on the Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart of bestsellers, which encompasses only new titles or those that have been out for less than 18 months. But the newly created stereo and mono box sets will be eligible because they are new compilations.

The Beatles are expected to dominate both the Pop Catalog and Top Comprehensive Albums chart, which combines new and catalog releases.

Retail prognosticators are estimating that in total Beatles albums may sell 500,000 to 600,000 copies by Sunday night. But Billboard hedged its bets a bit.

“Predicting first-week sales for the Beatles reissues is more complicated than usual,” Billboard’s report stated. “Because the albums are being sold not just through music retailers, but also in an array of stores that don't normally sell music, this throws a wrench into traditional sales projection models. In turn, all of these projections could very well grow to be bigger than expected once the sales week ends.”

--Randy Lewis

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