Over 50 years since releasing their first single and nearly 44 years since breaking up -- once again -- the Beatles are back in the Top 10. The group's latest archival release, On Air: Live At The BBC Volume 2, entered the Billboard 200 album chart at Number Seven with 37,000 units sold. Back in 1993, the group's first BBC collection, Live At The BBC, entered the chart at Number Three with an impressive 360,000 copies sold in its first week.
Re-released in conjunction with On Air, Live At The BBC -- with newly refurbished sound -- entered the charts at Number 34, having sold a respectable 9,000 units. The Beatles' last trip to the Top 10 album charts was back in 2006, when the soundtrack to The Beatles LOVE peaked at Number Four.
Mick Jagger admitted that the Beatles opened all the doors for the Rolling Stones by recreating the music business in the early-'60s: "They were both rivals and they were also, I mean, they were also showing the way, 'cause they were the first at this kind of. . . They were kind of trailblazers in a lot of ways, and they went to the United States first, y'know, they showed the way, they were big international stars -- because in England, most people have never really been stars outside of England. You had your little patch and that was it. And the Beatles kind of showed you could be big internationally."
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