The Beatles’ worth to Universal has been spelt out by new Music Week research naming the group as one of the biggest-selling acts this century.
Universal made a point of extracting The Beatles as a band and as solo acts from its EMI concessions last week.
The business logic of that stand is underlined by a Music Week study of The Beatles’ recorded music sales since 2000, which reveals they are this century’s sixth most successful albums act in the UK.
In this period they have sold 8.2 million albums, according to the Official Charts Company – despite the band not having recorded together as an active unit for 43 years.
The continuing commercial might of The Beatles is also felt overseas with their compilation 1 the century’s biggest-selling album globally. It is also the post-millennium No.1 in the US.
Universal’s takeover of The Beatles’ catalogue comes just ahead of the 50th anniversary of the release of the band’s first single Love Me Do in the UK on October 5.
See this week's Music Week magazine for further Beatles analysis on pages 14 and 15.