The Beatles have taken their ‘1’ compilation online, with the album now available on iTunes.
The best selling album of the past decade isn’t by a reality TV star. It’s not by a modern pop icon, either, and it has definitely not been showcased with a million dollar show at the Superbowl.
The most popular album of the past decade is ‘1’ by The Beatles. A collection of the band’s singles the compilation acted as an introductory point for an entire generation into the music of the Fab Four.
Opening with ‘Love Me Do’ the album charts the band’s contribution to pop music. Moving from the Beat period to all out psychedelia, the record finishes as The Beatles threatened to pull themselves apart.
Each single hit number one somewhere in the world, and the sleeve-notes details a truly global phenomenon. Following on from the digital release of The Beatles back catalogue last year, ‘1’ is now available online.
Ending a ten year wait by fans, ‘1’ has made an immediate impact. The Beatles have already hit #1 on several iTunes top albums charts around the world, including the US, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Mexico, Sweden, Spain, New Zealand, and Greece.
Since entering the digital age last year, The Beatles have proved to have a durable success. To date, the iconic group have sold more than nine million songs and over 1.5 million albums on iTunes worldwide.
Initially released in 2000, more than 30 million physical copies of ‘1’ have been sold around the world. In the United States alone, The Beatles sold more than 11 million copies of the compilation.
Now certified as a diamond seller, ‘1’ topped Billboard’s poll to find the best selling album of the Noughties.
To coincide with the digital release, The Beatles are planning to release ‘1’ on CD with updated packaging on September 13th.