Very well in fact. It seems that the online release of [lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]The Beatles [/lastfm]catalogue not only attracts new ears, but listeners from the past 40 years have been eager to download a digitized copy of their favorite Fab Four.

And why is that? Beatles music transcends all generations, catching the eyes and ears of lovers of twang, pop, rock, ballads, and even psychedelia. Now you can catch all of it in the iTunes store.

After only one day, The Beatles reign supreme over the iTunes store. Every album, B-Side, and anthology are available for download. A box-set including all of their recorded material includes a copy of the “Live at the Washington Coliseum 1964” concert film, the first live U.S. appearance of the band.

Sir Paul McCartney is very excited about the online release:

“We’re really excited to bring the Beatles’ music to iTunes. It’s fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around.”

The announcement came only days ago and sales show no sign of slowing down.

On the top albums charts, Abbey Road holds the No. 7 spot. Following are:

08. White Album
09. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
11. The Beatles Box Set
12. The Blue album anthology
14. The Red album anthology
16. Rubber Soul
19. Revolver
20. Magical Mystery Tour

Some fanatics have shown concern regarding the availability of the singles, complaining that the albums should be listened to as a whole. We’ve heard this “purist” debate before, but sales show that fans don’t mind getting through the whole album. They want to download the singles and make a mix for their girlfriend.

On the top singles chart, The Beatles claim 52 of the top 200. “Here Comes The Sun” ranks highest at No. 16. Others include:

20. “Let It Be”
22. “In My Life”
32. “Blackbird”
35. “Come Together”
44. “Hey Jude”
49. “With A Little Help From My Friends”
56. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
58. “Twist and Shout”
61. “Eleanor Rigby”
63. “A Day In the Life”
64. “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”
68. “I Saw Her Standing There”
69. “Yesterday”
80. “Something”
81. “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”
83. “Help”
88. “Can’t Buy Me Love”
89. “A Hard Day’s Night”
99. “Dear Prudence”

Of course these are only preliminary stats. Will The Beatles hold on to these positions in the upcoming months? Only time will tell. Until then, we’re gonna wait on the hill.

[Sources: Billboard, Music News]

Comments (2)
  1. Cary Smith says:

    Back in ’63 promoter in small, UK town Horsham, booked Rolling Stones for $80. Date arranged with Brian Epstein for Beatles at $390. NOBODY would hire him a hall!
    Scruffy Stones YES, Fab Four NO.
    Full real life story and more in fascinating US published book about British pop music: ‘Tear My Heart’ by Vincent.

  2. percy thrillington says:

    Anthology is not available thru iTunes. only greatest hits box sets..

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