The latest Beatles release, On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2, has debuted at Number Seven on the Billboard 200, making it the Fab Four’s 31st Top 10 album. The album, which contains recordings the group made between 1962 and 1964, sold 37,000 copies according to Billboard.
On Air is the sequel to the group’s 1994 album Live at the BBC, which debuted at Number Three and sold 360,000 copies; that release returned to the charts this week, too, reaching Number 34. The last time the band was in the Top 10 was when their greatest hits comp 1 from 2000 returned to the upper echelons of the chart in 2011, though their last original compilation to make it into the Top 10 was the 2006 release Love that complemented the Cirque du Soleil show of the same name.
The Beatles are not, however, the group with the most Top 10s. That distinction still belongs to the Rolling Stones, who have amassed 36 since forming. They made their most recent entrance into the Top 10 in 2005 with their last original album, A Bigger Bang.
Billboard has also updated its list of the artists with the most Top 10 releases since it began tabulating record sales in 1956. Following the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra comes in at Number Two with 33 Top 10 releases. Barbra Streisand is Number Three with 32, the Beatles just earned their slot at Number Four with 31 and Elvis Presley is Number Five with 27 Top 10 releases.
Like the Beatles, Elvis extended his record for the most charted albums this week when his album Merry Christmas . . . Love, Elvis, debuted at Number 147. It’s his 129th LP to make the chart. The artist with the second-most charted albums in Billboard history is Frank Sinatra with 82.