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Chart news: 'Beatles Bootleg' iTunes set still in top five; Lennon over Macca

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Almost a week after its nearly quiet release, “The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963” remains as one of iTunes most popular albums on Dec. 23, currently sitting at #5 on its rock albums chart. The album held the top spot on iTunes for days after its release last Tuesday.

Several other Beatles albums are also ranked by iTunes on this date among its 100 most popular rock albums. The Beatles' “1” album is #12, “Abbey Road” is #43, “The Beatles (White Album)” is #70 and “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band” is #81. And Paul McCartney's deluxe “NEW” is at #73.

Despite not having been released to record stores, the album is eligible for ranking by Billboard. If it's to happen (and it appears likely that it will), that'll take place on Wednesday. Currently on Billboard, “On Air: Live at the BBC, Volume 2” is #64 while McCartney's “NEW” is #98.

Meanwhile, the UK release of “On Air: Live at the BBC, Volume 2” is at #60 in the latest Official Charts Co. album listing from the UK dated Dec. 28.

And in a different chart, two days before Christmas, John and Yoko's “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” is #15 on the Holiday Songs Chart, two notches above Elvis Presley's “Blue Christmas” and six above McCartneys' “Wonderful Christmastime.”

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