Home Music Update: The Beatles’ Surprising Sales Figures Bode Well for Their Streaming Launch

As we approach Beatles’ Eve– or Christmas Eve, as it used to be called– here are just a few numbers to think about.

According to SoundScan, the Beatles’ $50 “1 + 1” box set has sold an impressive 10,700 copies since November 6th.

The “1” CD, released in 2000, brainchild of the last Neil Aspinall, has sold 12.6 million copies in the U.S. This year alone, “1” has sold 182,000 copies.

On the SoundScan year end catalog list– that’s all records released up until 2 years ago– the Beatles have at least 4 albums in the top 100.

This year alone, the vinyl version of “Sgt. Pepper” has sold 43,000 copies. The vinyl version, mind you. (So glad I kept the original.)

“Abbey Road” is number 4 on the list of LPs sold this year.

So get ready. However it plays out on Thursday, it’s going to be a wild night on Spotify.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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