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The Beatles’ first studio album, Please Please Me, was released in the United Kingdom on 22 March 1963. Who would have believed that, 50 years later, the band would be revered and loved the way they are today? But the proof is in the pudding: Each of the Beatles’ albums sold extremely well, indicating that they must have been doing something right. And the lineage of well-selling records continued long after the Beatles broke up — as John, Paul, George, and Ringo all released their own studio albums. We journey through each of their releases, from the band’s inception through today, to learn just how well they sold.
US RIAA Certification Thresholds, in Units Shipped
(The UK did not implement record certifications until 1973.)
The Beatles’ Core Catalogue
Please Please Me
With the Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night
Beatles For Sale
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles aka The White Album
19x Platinum (Each unit counts twice because of its double-album status.)
Let It Be
Number of post-Beatles studio albums: 8 (one released posthumously).
UK: 1 platinum | 1 gold | 1 silver
US: 5 gold | 1 2x platinum | 1 3x platinum
Number of post-Beatles studio albums: 22
UK: 5 platinum | 10 gold | 2 silver
US: 1 3x multi-platinum | 1 2x multi-platinum | 6 platinum | 10 gold
Number of post-Beatles studio albums: 11
UK: 2 gold | 2 silver
US: 1 6x platinum | 1 platinum | 6 gold
Number of solo studio albums: 16
UK: 1 gold | 1 silver
US: 1 platinum | 1 gold
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