Beatles Take Out Backstreet Boys with "1" 
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Friday, 15 December 2000

Move over Backstreet Boys, the Beatles regain the top position on the charts.

With a four week sales total over 2.5 million, the Beatles’ new 27 song career retrospective 1 (Capitol Records) bumped the Backstreet Boys out of the #1 sales throne this week. Selling nearly 671,000 copies from December 4th to December 10th, the Beatles bested The Backstreet Boys by more than 60,000 units. Despite mixed reviews, the power of the Beatles name, coupled with a large-scale network television promotion has holiday shoppers flocking to record stores to pick up the new album.

This is welcome news for Capital records and its parent company EMI who is currently in negotiations with its recently announced merger suitor German media group Bertelsmann AG. The strong sales numbers this financial quarter should provide an extra leverage for EMI in the negotiations.

The rest of the top 10 chart positions this week were dominated by pop-chart regulars such as Creed's "Human Clay" (Wind-Up) at #4, Britney Spears' "Oops... I Did It Again" (Jive) at #5, and the Baha Men, rising three places to the 9th spot with sales of just under 190,000 records just to name a few.

Here are the top 10 albums for the week ending December 10, 2000.

Artist Album Title
1. The Beatles 1
2. Backstreet Boys Black & Blue
3. Various Artists Now 5
4. Creed Human Clay
5. Britney Spears Oops!...I Did It Again
6. Tim McGraw Greatest Hits
7. Charlotte Church Dream A Dream
8. Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water
9. Baha Men Who Let The Dogs Out
10. 'N Sync No Strings Attached
Source - CNNOnline & Billboard

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