The Beatles enjoyed first-week sales of their new collect "Beatles 1" that can only be described as ... fab.
"Beatles 1" entered the Canadian retail album chart at #1, selling 54,668 copies in one week, according to sales data compiled by SoundScan Canada. The album, which collects 27 of the group's chart-toppers, has benefited from a massive marketing campaign and a release timed to coincide with the Christmas gift-giving season.
The group's achievement is even more impressive when you consider that the week's album chart includes seven debuts in the Canadian top 15 -- including four new entries landing in the first four chart positions.
Aside from The Beatles' debut at #1, the dance compilation "Muchdance 2001" debuted in second place on sales of 35,155. Ricky Martin's "Sound Loaded" finished its first week of release in third spot on sales of 25,971 followed by Offspring's "Conspiracy Of One," which sold 25,231 copies during its debut.
Canada's The Tea Party made an impressive entry, debuting at #10 with their new compilation "Tangents," which sold 14,780. Other chart debuts included Marilyn Manson's "Holy Wood" at #13 and Sade's "Lover's Rock" at #15.
All those new entries had the effect of pushing down some of the high-charting records of recent weeks. U2's "All That You Can't Leave Behind" fell from the top of the chart to #5, while Blink 182's "Mark, Tom & Travis Show" fell from fourth to 12th spot. Limp Bizkit's "Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavoured Water" dropped from third to sixth place and Spice Girls' "Forever" free-fell from sixth to 14th place on the charts.
The Fab Four's results in the U.S. were almost identically impressive. "Beatles 1" entered the U.S. charts in top spot, selling 594,666. Given the usual one-tenth sales comparison for Canada's smaller population, U.S. and Canadian sales were proportionately similar.