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Beatles back on Billboard with ‘Sgt Pepper’ 50th anniversary release

A flag celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’flies atop the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood June 1, 2017. — AFP picA flag celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’flies atop the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood June 1, 2017. — AFP picLOS ANGELES, June 6 — The Beatles returned to the Billboard 200 album charts with the 50th anniversary reissue of classic Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan yesterday.

The remastered version of the Sgt Pepper 1967 album sold more than 75,000 units for the week to take the No Three spot on the Billboard 200. It was the highest Billboard 200 ranking for the British rock quartet in some 16 years, when its greatest hits album 1 spent several weeks at or near the top of the chart, Billboard said.

Still, The Beatles were not big enough to steal the thunder of Kentucky rapper Bryson Tiller, 24, whose True to Self sold 106,000 units in its first week and took the No One spot.

Kendrick Lamar’s Damn. held onto second place with another 84,000 units sold in its seventh week of release.

The Billboard 200 album chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).

On the digital songs chart, which measures online single sales, Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi’s Despacito featuring Justin Bieber held onto the top spot for a fourth week with another 148,0000 copies sold. — Reuters

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