Beatles Sell 2M iTunes Songs in Week

'Here Comes the Sun' leads the way
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2010 4:48 PM CST
In this Feb. 9, 1964. file photo, The Beatles perform on the CBS "Ed Sullivan Show" in New York.   (AP Photo/Dan Grossi/ file)

(Newser) – The Beatles had an impressive debut week on iTunes. They sold 2 million individual songs worldwide (the top seller being Here Comes the Sun) and 450,000 albums (with Abbey Road on top) after the catalog went up for sale, reports Billboard. That amounts to more than $8 million, notes the LA Times. For a yardstick, Taylor's Swift's blockbuster Speak Now album sold 278,000 digital albums in its first week. The Beatles/iTunes mashup benefited from a huge ad blitz, and it's expected to get even heavier this week.

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