Saturday, June 15, 2024

The Beatles on Track for 70,000 Albums Sold This Week on Red and Blue Remixed Greatest Hits


The Beatles continue their roll on the charts.

“Now and Then,” the new single, is at number 6 on iTunes and selling like crazy. Last week it sold 120,000 copies (with streaming).

The new news is that the Red and Blue greatest hits albums, remixed in dazzling sound, are hits as well.

The two double albums are set to sell around 35,000 copies apiece this week. Hitsdailydouble has predicted the numbers.

That’s an equivalent of 70,000 in sales. But since they’re double albums, it’s actually 140,000 copies.

The Red album — 1962-66 — is selling more on streaming than on downloads or CDs/LPs, which doesn’t make sense. The remixes on the Red album were mostly unavailable before these editions. The Blue album — 1967-70 — is selling more physical copies. In the end, you can’t have one without the other.

Of course, the Blue album includes “Now and Then.” It also includes a new mix of “Revolution,” a frighteningly mad punk rock record that is lightyears before its time and continues to be absolutely remarkable looking back at 1968. It was the flipside, believe it or not, of “Hey Jude.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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