Right now, over Net

I frankly didn’t envision this kind of response, which explains as well as anything else why I am not working in the music industry. As of Christmas eve, the Beatles can be streamed through your favorite service, and in the first two days, says Rolling Stone, 673,000 Spotify playlists got an infusion of Fab Four.

If you’re wondering which Beatles song got played most often, wonder no more: it’s “Come Together,” the opener to Abbey Road, which enjoys a singular status among Beatles tracks: on 45, it was the B-side to the one and only time George Harrison got an A-side (with “Something”). At the time, we were told that it was really a double-A disc, but it followed Apple practice: A-side gets the green side of the apple, B-side gets the sliced side. “They blessed me with a couple of B-sides in the past,” said Harrison at the time, “but this is the first time I’ve had an A-side.” Lennon, for his part, thought “Something” was the best song on Abbey Road, so he wasn’t complaining. Curiously, “Something” didn’t make the top ten streams, but Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun” did.

2 comments

  1. Roger Green »

    30 December 2015 · 5:48 am

    I own my ignorance on this: will these downloads show up on the Billboard charts? Or, more to the point, can the Beatles steal away that “most songs on the charts” that was stolen from them by the Biebs?

  2. CGHill »

    30 December 2015 · 7:01 am

    The current Billboard formula, adopted last year, counts 1500 streams from paying customers as an actual album sale. I’m not sure what the number is for a single — 100, maybe?

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