Social Media Drove Beatles’s Sales Past 2m

2010 CHART REWIND. The Beatles had a great 2010, with sales passing 2m further to the availability on iTunes. WelcheMusic has recently covered this story, and would like to add that experts say that the launch was entirely driven by social media.

According to SearchEngineLand, many claim that search beats social media when it comes to product discovery, those rules don’t apply to The Beatles. The launch resulted in more than two million individual songs sold worldwide and 450,000 albums in the first week on Apple’s iTunes Music Store. The catalog was available from November 16th 2010.

Industry analyst Experian Hitwise has provided the stats below, showing how online traffic surrounding The Beatles on iTunes. Upon the release on iTunes (16/11), UK traffic to came from social media, about double the amount that came from search.

Another important source was Facebook, which resulted in a “huge spike” in UK Traffic to the Apple site. It jumped from 86-20 on the most popular outbound destinations from Facebook.

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Take That’s Bigger than The Beatles

2010 CHART REWIND. Everybody knows that The Beatles was a hugely successful group. Sales of the groups back catalogue recently spiked following the availability on iTunes. But lo and behold, Take That has passed McCartney & co! At least, if base this on popularity on Amazon. According to a recent announcement by the e-tailer, Take That’s Progress has made the group Amazon’s top-selling artist of all time. WelcheMusic is pleased as long as Susan Boyle doesn’t surpass The Beatles.


Issued last November, Progress became the second fastest-selling album of all time  behind Oasis 1997 set Be Here Now. The lead single – “The Flood” peaked at No.2 upon its release, while the second single “SOS” isn’t scheduled for release until February.

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John Lennon’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over) Remains a Classic

John Lennon was tragically murdered on Dec.8, 1980, just a few weeks after his 40th birthday. WelcheMusic look back on “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” which was originally written as a protest song about the Vietnam War. Throughout the years, it has become a Christmas standard.


Originally released in December 1971, “Xmas” first appeared on an album in 1975 via the compilation Shaved Fish. The set was John Lennon’s seventh album, collecting every single issued in the United States as a solo artist (except “Stand By Me”). Shaved Fish peaked at No.12 in the US and No.5 in the UK.

“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” originated from a worldwide poster campaign saying “WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It) Happy Christmas from John and Yoko.” Posters were displayed in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Rome, Athens, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Helsinki. The line “War is over, if you want it, war is over, now!, ” can be heard in the background and was actually taken directly from the billboards.

Phil Spector produced the song, which was recorded at Record Plant Studios in New York City in late October 1971. The song peaked at No.3 in the US and No.2 in the UK upon its re-release in 1980, following the tragic shooting death by Mark David Chapman. Thus, it beat the original No.4 peak in 1971. Several artists have covered the song, including Céline Dion, Maroon 5, Jessica Simpson and The Fray. “Xmas” was the follow-up to John Lennon’s massive hit “Imagine,” which peaked at No.1 in the UK and No.3 in the US. The singer’s first solo single, following his years in The Beatles, was the 1969 single “Give Peace a Chance” with the Plastic Ono Band.

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