Media Release: The Beatles leading Oasis, U2 and Westlife

HMV reports that early morning and lunchtime sales at its 230 stores around thecountry and online at show that The Beatles ‘Love’ album is justoutselling the greatest hits release from Oasis, ‘Stop The Clocks’ – there are only 200 sales between them, ahead of U2’s ’18 Songs’ and Westlife’s ‘Love Album’.

Today is the biggest release day of the year – dubbed ‘Super Monday’ by HMV – and the new albums from Oasis, U2, The Beatles and Westlife are expected to sell wellover a million copies between them during the next few weeks as they battle it outto be the best-selling album of the Christmas period.

Take That, whose great new single ‘Patience’ is also in the shops today and likelyto rise to No.1 in the singles charts this week as an early contender for theChristmas No.1, will ‘throw their hat into the ring’ next week (27 Nov) with therelease of their comeback album, ‘Beautiful World’.

HMV’s Gennaro Castaldo comments: “Based on initial sales, it looks like first day honours may just go to The Beatles, which comes as no surprise given the nature of their fanbase, but it may be thatOasis will sell more over the week to go to No.1, while U2 and Westlife will aim to shift more copies over the Christmas period as a whole.

“Watch out for Take That,though, who might trump them all with their comeback album next week, to make it a ‘Take That Christmas’.”

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