Beatles set to dominate UK charts once again

Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:37pm EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - The Beatles look set to dominate Britain's pop charts once again this week with the Fab Four predicted to take five of the top 20 album places, the Official Charts Company said Thursday.

Digitally remastered versions of the band's albums went on sale Wednesday, and combined with an interactive video game, it led to a brief return to "Beatlemania" around the world.

The Official Charts Company said as well as taking at least five of the top 20 spots, the band was expected to have 15 albums in the top 75 when the charts are released Sunday.

It predicted that EMI Music's reissues of "Abbey Road" and "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" would be the biggest sellers.

"These results for the reissues indicate that Beatlemania is alive and well," said the company's managing director Martin Talbot.

"There are still three more sales days to be counted -- today, Friday and Saturday -- so this story is not complete yet. But already it is clear that the Beatles' enduring appeal shows no signs of waning."

(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Steve Addison)

 
<p>Customers browse Beatles collections during their launch in New York, September 9, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton</p>