“1” has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide since its release in mid-November. In the UK it topped the charts for nine weeks, equaling the success of the Beatles’ 1969 album, Abbey Road. In the U.S. it managed eight weeks at No. 1.
Surviving members of the famous Sixties group – Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison – did not even have to enter a studio. They simply gave EMI Records permission to collate the songs, including “Love Me Do” and “Eight Days A Week.”
Didn’t Michael Jackson buy the rights to all the Beatles music? How come the surviving Beatles gave permission to someone for the “1” collection when they don’t own the rights?