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THE BEATLES’ new greatest hits compilation ‘1’ looks likely to go platinum in the UK within its first week on sale and become one of the biggest selling albums of the year – even though it was only released in November.
‘1’ was released in the UK last Monday (November 13), and sales figures up to the end of trading on Thursday (November 16) reveal the album has already shifted 200,000 units.
Sales predictions indicate that when the final chart positions are calculated on Sunday (November 19), that figure will have risen above 300,000 – the number of copies the band need to go platinum.
To achieve the largest first week sales of the year, The Beatles need to top 313,000, the number sold by Robbie Williams for his album ‘Sing When You’re Winning’.
A spokesperson for HMV in London told NME.COM that it was likely ‘1’ would be one of the biggest selling albums of all time, and could eclipse one million sales by the end of the year.
He commented: “Because Christmas is approaching we anticipate it will sell between 200,000 and 300,000 per week. It’s exciting because it could become the most successful back catalogue record of all time. It will sell constantly for years because it is timeless.”
Other late chart predictions are that Oasis’ live album ‘Familiar To Millions’ will be beaten to the Number Two spot by Westlife’s ‘Coast To Coast’, even though it has already sold in the region of 40,000 copies.