Beatles Surge on Charts After Streaming Debut
"Come Together" ranks as the Fab Four's most-streamed song, while their albums make big gains too.
Please welcome newcomers John, Paul, George and Ringo to Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart.
"Come Together" leads with debuts at Nos. 14 and 18, respectively, on Hot Rock Songs (where older songs are eligible to chart if they rank in the top half and show notable gains; the list launched in 2009) and Rock Streaming Songs, fueled by its 2.1 million domestic clicks in the week ending Dec. 31, according to Nielsen Music. The track, a No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1969 from the Abbey Road album, also leaps by 177 percent to 4,000 sold. Its rank as the most-streamed Beatles song for the week is logical: In addition to its standing as one of the Fab Four's inarguable classics, it's also the first song on Spotify's Beatles best-of playlist named Come Together.
Although "Come Together" is the only Beatles song new to Rock Streaming Songs (which runs 25 positions-deep), the band sends three other titles onto Hot Rock Songs: "Hey Jude" (No. 19), "Here Comes the Sun" (No. 20) and "Yesterday" (No. 25). (Hot Rock Songs encompasses sales, streaming and radio airplay activity.)
Over on the Billboard 200 albums chart, five of the group's sets dot the list, including greatest-hits collection 1, which ascends 41-16. It earned 36,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Dec. 31. Forty percent of the album's total units for the week are owed to streams of its songs, thanks to the popularity of 1's tracks. (All 27 were No. 1 singles on either the Billboard Hot 100 or Official U.K. Singles Chart.)
1's track equivalent album units (for which every 10 tracks sold from an album equates to one equivalent album unit) also vault 155 percent, to 4,000 units (or, 11 percent of its total units for the week). Notably, 1's pure album sales were down for the week by 19 percent, to 18,000.
Four more Beatles albums show on the latest Billboard 200, including three that return to the chart for the first time since 2014: Abbey Road climbs 135-77 (11,000 units, up 13 percent); the group's self-titled set (also known as the White Album) re-enters at No. 79 (11,000 units, up 45 percent); Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band returns at No. 121 (8,000 units, up 17 percent); and Rubber Soul bounces back onto the list at No. 158 (7,000 units, up 51 percent). Like 1, those four albums all saw a decline in pure album sales, falling a collective 25 percent.