The rebirth of Beatlemania and the fourth studio album from country singer Eric Church supplied some much-needed lift to the U.S. album chart last week.
The Beatles’ catalog received an enormous lift in the week following the Feb. 9 CBS special commemorating the 50th anniversary of the group’s U.S. TV debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” No less than 13 Fab Four titles crowded onto SoundScan’s 200-position chart, scanning a total of 65,000 units. Predictably, the top title was the hits compilation “1,” which tracked 18,000 copies, seeing a 90% gain and landing at No. 20; the collection has sold 12.3 million. Other sets that witnessed big leaps included the companion album to the Cirque du Soleil spectacle “Love,” the so-called “red” and “blue” compilations, last year’s “Live at the BBC Vol. 2,” and U.S. and U.K. iterations of the group’s original releases.