November 23, 2010 / 7:26 PM / 8 years ago

Beatles sell over 2 million in first week on iTunes

An advertisement on the Apple website on a MacBook Air computer in New York, November 16, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Beatles sold more than two million individual songs and more than 450,000 albums worldwide in their first week of release on Apple’s iTunes store, Apple said on Tuesday.

“Abbey Road” was the top-selling digital album in the U.S. iTunes store, ending at No. 6 for the week. “The Beatles Box Set” was No. 10 on the iTunes U.S. album charts.

“Here Comes the Sun” was the best-selling Beatles digital single but did not place in the top 10 for the week, Apple said.

The Beatles catalog was released on iTunes, the world’s No.1 digital retailer, for the first time on November 16, ending years of negotiations between Apple.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Christine Kearney

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