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Record breaking

There are far more records that the Beatles hold, but here is a fraction of those...

* The Beatles have sold more albums than anyone, ever: (as of July 2012) 2,303,500,000 (Source: RIAA, Apple Records, EMI)...

   * 4 April 1964: The Beatles occupy the first 5 places on the Billboard Hot 100 charts:

1. Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles
2. Twist and Shout - The Beatles
3. She Loves You - The Beatles
4. I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
5. Please Please Me - The Beatles
...as well as holding down the spots 31, 41, 46, 58, 65, 68 and 79.


   * The Northern premiere of "A Hard Day's Night" in Liverpool saw the band greeted by 200,000 people in their hometown.


    * Piccadilly Circus and surrounding streets were effectively shut down for traffic when The Beatles' movies premiered.


    * In Adelaide, Australia, the band was greeted by an estimated 300,000 fans.


   * The noise from a jet as heard from ground level is 100 decibels. At a Beatles concert, the decibel range of the fans screaming was from 112 to 117 decibels.


   * The Ed Sullivan Theatre has a total of 728 seats. When The Beatles were scheduled to appear for their now-historic show in February 1964, 50,000 people applied for tickets.


  * When The Beatles returned to England from their short Swedish tour on 31 October 1963, they were greeted at Heathrow Airport by 20,000 fans.


   * In Melbourne, Australia, the Army had to step in to help police control the Beatlemaniac masses.


    * U.S. number one albums: 19


   * Total weeks spent at #1 in the U.S.: 175 weeks


    * U.K. number one singles: 18


   * Total weeks spent at #1 in the U.K. singles charts: 69 weeks

* U.K. Number one albums: 15

   * Total weeks spent at #1 in the U.K. album charts: 175 weeks


    * Biggest first-week sales of a double album: The Beatles Anthology 1, selling 855,473 copies in the U.S. from 21 to 28 November 1995.


    * Fastest selling single: "I Want To Hold Your Hand"... It sold 250,000 copies within its first three days of release; 1 million after two weeks, and within 20 days, it sold 10,000 copies an hour (!) in NYC alone.


     * Biggest advance orders for a single: "Can't Buy Me Love" with 2.1 million advance orders in the U.S.


  * The greatest volume of sales in a 12 month period: 1996-1997, with The Beatles Anthology


   * Likewise, these albums gave them 3 consecutive #1's in the space of a 12 month period.


   * "1" reached #1 in 35 countries; it holds the record for an album debuting at #1 in the most countries simultaneously.


   * "1" was released in 2000 and became not just the biggest-selling album of that year, but of the entire decade.
   

* "1" is also the fastest-selling CD of all time, selling over 13 million copies in four weeks.


   * The U.K.'s biggest-selling album of all time is "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," with over 4.5 million copies sold.


   * 73 million viewers saw The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, a record audience in U.S. TV ratings history.


   * As the first band to appear at a stadium, The Beatles also set records in terms of attendance (the largest audience ever assembled for a live show at the time) and earnings with their performance at NY's Shea Stadium in 15 August 1965.

* The most platinum albums: 13 in the US alone.

* The biggest-selling single: "Hey Jude", with more than 8 million copies in the U.K. and U.S. alone.

* In the year 1996, the Beatles, in terms of sales-figures, managed to outsell... well, themselves. They sold more albums in that year than they had in any one year during the 1960s.

* The TV Anthology was viewed by 418 million people.

* Paul McCartney holds the record for the largest stadium crowd: 184,000 people at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"When you get to the top, there is nowhere to go but down, but the Beatles could not get down. There they remain, unreachable, frozen, fabulous."
- British poet Philip Larkin on the Beatles, 1983



Photo: Robert Freeman
(Scanned by the webmiss from the book "Yesterday: Photographs of The Beatles")