When The Beatles released their Abbey Road album on September 26, 1969, it, like all other Beatles album, shot to number one on the charts around the world. In the UK, it stayed there for 17 weeks.
Last Friday (September 27), The Beatles released an expanded 50th-anniversary edition of the album. When the chart week closed in the UK and Australia last night, guess what was at number one again?
Abbey Road is at the top of the UK charts for the first time in 49 years and 252 days. That’s the longest interval ever for an album to reach the top spot. Which album had the old record? Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at 49 years and 125 days.In the UK, the album sold 9,000 copies on vinyl, too.
In the Canada, the album moved from 120 to number 3, beaten out only by Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding and KIRK from Dababy. If you look at individual markets, Abbey Road was the biggest-selling physical album of the week.
Over in the US, Abbey Road sold a staggering 69,713 units, a huge number for a deluxe box set reissue. That made it #1 on SoundScan by far.