Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Beatles outsell Oasis in chart race

The Beatles are outselling Oasis and U2 in the race to top this week's album chart.

Thirty-six years after they split, the band are heading for number one again.

Their Love album, soundtrack to the Las Vegas show based on their music, is just ahead of nearest rival Stop The Clocks by Oasis.

But there are only 200 copies in it and Oasis could overtake them before the week is out, according to music chain HMV.

U2's 18 Songs is in third place.

HMV dubbed today "Super Monday" as the three bands release their greatest hits compilations.

Westlife are also in the running with their Love Album.

The four groups are expected to sell well over a million copies between them during the next few weeks as they battle it out to be the best-selling album in the run-up to Christmas.

"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," said HMV's Gennaro Castaldo.

"But it may be that Oasis will sell more over the week to go to number one, while U2 and Westlife will aim to shift more copies over the Christmas period as a whole."

Metro.co.uk

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