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Monday, 18 December, 2000, 14:39 GMT
Beatles album tops 2000's charts
The Beatles
The Beatles' album is number one in 29 countries
An album of The Beatles' number one hits has been confirmed as the biggest-selling album of 2000, after only five weeks in the shops.

The record, called simply 1, toppled Moby's Play - which has been top best-seller for most of the year - at the weekend with sales figures reaching 1.3 million copies.

The album has stayed firmly at number one in the UK album chart since it was released on 14 November, and currently tops the charts in 28 other countries.


It's a great testament to the songs and the quality of the musicians that created them

Beatles' spokesman

A spokesman for the three remaining members of the band thanked "everyone who appreciates good music".

The album has also already gone down in the record books as one of the fastest to sell one million copies in the UK.

It is also on course to become one of the biggest-selling albums of all time, particularly since it returned to the number one spot in the US album chart last week.

The number of albums currently ordered for sale abroad stands at 13.5 million.

Legacy

The album brings together 27 of The Beatles' UK and US number one singles from 1962 to 1970, from Love Me Do to The Long And Winding Road.

In eight years the band redefined popular music and left a musical legacy as influential now as it was in the 60s and 70s.

Sir Paul McCartney
Sir Paul McCartney still causes a commotion

The phenomenal popularity of the new album shows that, 30 years after the band split up, they remain as popular as ever.

Further proof, if needed, is that The Beatles' recently released book, Anthology, is in the top 10 of book charts across Europe.

Last week, Sir Paul McCartney caused a surge of excitement in a central London bookstore when hundreds of fans flocked to see him at a signing session for his book Paintings.

And on 8 December, people around the world paid an emotional tribute to murdered Beatle John Lennon on the 20th anniversary of his death.

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