One Direction’s Harry Styles has stepped in it this time. Styles is being reviled for claiming that One Direction is bigger than The Beatles. All the activity and media furor over the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first official visit to U.S. shores apparently had this boy band checking out archival footage.
That, according to Styles, is when it hit him. He told New Musical Express recently: “We all sat and watched the film of the Beatles arriving in America. And, to be honest, that really was like us. Stepping off the plane, the girls, the madness. It was exactly the same as when we got there — just 50 years earlier.”
Statistically-speaking, One Direction is the first group to ever have their entire first three discs debut in the number 1 slot. When it comes to actual sales, however, one online source noted that even if one takes into account that today’s figures are “skewed by Billboard’s decision to include streaming data and even viral hits” there is no comparison.
The Beatles 1964 Capitol Records premiere platter, Meet the Beatles! has sold more than 5 million copies. The Beatles’ The Beatles' Second Album has gone double platinum and The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night has sold over 4 million copies. Compare that 11 million plus sales figure to One Direction’s sales on their firs t3 CDs which have been approximately 4.8 million.
Do the math. That is a good 200,000 short of The Beatles U.S. debut alone. Mind you, that’s not even mentioning The Beatles’ musical impact, mmmkay?
Styles did at least admit: “(N)one of us think we’re in the same league as them music-wise. We’d be total fools if we did. Fame-wise, it’s probably even bigger, but we don’t stand anywhere near them in terms of music.”
Indeed, Mr. Styles, you would. If you truly feel the need to compare your boy band to far more famous folks, perhaps you should, as one online writer suggested, take “another page from The Beatles — and aim higher: Much higher.”
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.