The Beatles broke up 40 years ago. In 2009, they were the third biggest selling act in America, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The Beatles sold 3,282,000 albums last year putting them third overall behind Michael Jackson and Taylor Swift.
The Beatles also had the biggest selling album on vinyl in 2009. 34,800 copies of the 1969 release on vinyl went to new homes. The Beatles were second behind Radiohead as the biggest selling vinyl act of the year. Radiohead sold 45,700 LPs to The Beatles 38,000.
The Beatles are the second biggest act of the SoundScan era. They have sold 60,370,000 albums in the USA since SoundScan started in 1991.
The '1 album is also the 7th biggest album of the SoundScan era. It has sold 11,564,000 copies in the USA since its release.
'1 was also the biggest selling album of the past decade in the USA. Second is NSync ' No Strings Attached.
The Beatles were the second biggest selling act of the past decade. They sold 30,182,000 units behind Eminem 32,241,000.
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