For the first time in four years, the Beatles are going to the top of the Billboard album chart. The Beatle compilation album 1 will debut at # 1 in the charts published in the Dec. 2 issue of Billboard. The collection of hit singles is set to become the fastest selling album of all time, having already notched up 3.5 million sales around the world. The album hit #1 in a total of 19 countries in its first week of release. A Guinness World Records spokesman has stated that: "It certainly looks like 1 could be a strong contender for the best selling album of all time."
Sir Paul McCartney's spokesman Geoff Baker said: "Everyone is really pleased by how well the album has done. Although 1 features 27 songs first released between 1962 and 1970, it still beat competition from new bands -- beating the new Oasis album in the U.K. and topping the new album from Ricky Martin in the U.S.A. They're ecstatic."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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