Beatles back on Billboard chart with 50th anniversary release of Sgt Pepper's album

Fans buy shirts during an open-air concert in celebration of the release of the band's landmark album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50 years ago, in Havana, Cuba.
Fans buy shirts during an open-air concert in celebration of the release of the band's landmark album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50 years ago, in Havana, Cuba.PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Beatles returned to the Billboard 200 album chart with the 50th anniversary reissue of classic Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan on Monday.

The remastered version of the 1967 album sold more than 75,000 units for the week to take the No. 3 spot.

It was the highest Billboard 200 ranking for the British quartet in some 16 years when their greatest hits album 1 spent several weeks at or near the top of the chart, Billboard said.

Still, The Beatles were not big enough to steal the thunder of Kentucky rapper Bryson Tiller whose True To Self sold 106,000 units in its first week and took the No. 1 spot.

Kendrick Lamar's Damn. held onto second place with another 84,000 units sold in its seventh week of release.

The Billboard 200 chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).