Nine years after the advent of iTunes and seven days after the Beatles finally embraced digital music, the first-week sales of the Fab Four's MP3 catalog have been revealed, and holy cow, the Beatles beat Kanye West! Well, not really, but sort of. With 450,000 albums and two million songs sold in their first week, the Beatles' entire catalog combined will probably outsell West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" on iTunes, but the Greatest Band in Music History needed 15-plus albums last week to surpass what Kanye's new disc will do on iTunes this week. Like many others, The Amp was initially skeptical about the impact the Beatles would have on iTunes, but we and all other critics of the too-late addition of the Beatles to Apple's industry-leading music service have been proven wrong.
On one hand, the totals are impressive: By selling 450,000 albums in one week, it's safe to assume the Beatles probably sold over three times as many albums on iTunes as every artist and band thatRead More »from The Beatles on iTunes: Over 2 Million Served