I really love the Beatles, I will always love them, but what should we think when a 50 year-old album is number 3 in Billboard’s 200 albums chart? According to Rolling Stone, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, the album released by this little band from Liverpool which reached a milestone this year, reentered Billboard 200 at number 3, a week after the release of the new stereo remix. The last time the album was that hot, it was December 30th 1967.
I understand purists, people who want to hear a new remix of one of their favorite albums of all time – or rather I don’t really understand, as I never buy new remixes – but all these people can’t be purists? So what were they doing for 50 years? Why did they wait this long to buy this legendary album?
According to Billboard, the album sold 75,000 units (up 2,062%) with 71,000 in traditional album sales. In Nº1, you have Bryson Tiller’s ‘True to Self’, while Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN’ is Nº2, Drake’s ‘More Life’ is Nº4, Lil Yatchty’s ‘Teenage Emotions’ is Nº5 and Ed Sheerans’s ‘Divide’ and Bruno Mars’ ‘24K Magic’ are respectively Nº 6 and 7… so basically The Beatles are surrounded by contemporaneous young artists and are actually beating a lot of them, from Sheeran to Drake and even Harry Style, who is number 10.
What does this say about our current state of music? If a 50-year-old album can sell more than these new artists, do any of them even matter? We have to wonder whether any of them will matter in 50 years,,, probably not! The Beatles entered history at a time when it was possible to conquer the world with a song, and they entered our imagination forever. in 2017, very few can still do it if any.
On June 1, 1967, in Britain and the following day in the U.S., ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ reached No. 1 in Billboard and remained in the top slot for 15 weeks. It stayed in the Top 200 for more than three years,… can you still imagine something like this today?
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