Fab Four beat Radiohead and Mumford And Sons to clock up the highest LP sales for the third year running
The Beatles‘ classic ‘Abbey Road’ album has been crowned the top-selling vinyl LP in the US.
The 1969 record was the top seller for the third consecutive year in 2011 after clocking up sales of over 41,000 in America. They were up from 35,000 in 2010 and 34,800 in 2009, according to figures released by Nielsen SoundScan.
Mumford and Sons‘ ‘Sigh No More’ and Radiohead‘ ‘The King Of Limbs’ weren’t far behind with the former clocking up 26,800 sales and the latter 20,800. Just behind them was Adele with ’21’ which sold 16,500 copies. Earlier this week, her album was also the biggest selling overall in the US.
Meanwhile, London’s Abbey Road Studios where The Beatles‘ album was recorded are set to welcome members of the public into the legendary Studio Two, which has also been used by Pink Floyd and Kate Bush.
Two talks will take place on March 10 as part of the studio’s 80th anniversary celebrations. Led by Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, authors of Recording The Beatles, the pair will deliver an audio visual presentation entitled 80 Years of Recording at Abbey Road Studios using archive photos, film and audio.
It will cover recordings made in the studio by Sir Edward Elgar, The Shadows, Peter Sellers, Helen Shapiro, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Hollies, The Zombies and Kate Bush as well as film scores recorded in Studio Two, such as those for the movies Star Wars, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.