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Beach Boys beat the Beatles for Billboard 200 record

Gary Trust
Billboard

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Fifty years into their career, the Beach Boys are still making waves on the Billboard charts. This week, they bested the Beatles for a Billboard 200 album chart record. As their reunion album, "That's Why God Made the Radio" (their first album of all-new material since 1992), bursts onto the chart at No. 3, the Beach Boys break a record by expanding their span of Billboard 200 top 10s to 49 years and one week. They first graced the top 10 with "Surfin' U.S.A." the week of June 15, 1963.

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The Beach Boys' stretch between their first week in the Billboard 200 top 10 to their most recent is now the longest among groups, passing the Beatles, whose top 10 span covers 47 years, seven months and three weeks.

The Fab Four first entered the top bracket when "Meet the Beatles" rocketed 92-3 on the Feb. 8, 1964, chart at the blastoff of Beatlemania. The group most recently appeared in the top 10 with "1" the week of Oct. 1, 2011. The Rolling Stones are pushed to third among groups with the longest top 10 span on the Billboard 200. Their 45-year, six-month top 10 span ranges from the week of Dec. 12, 1964 ("12 x 5"), through June 12, 2010 ("Exile on Main St.")

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Among all acts, Frank Sinatra boasts the longest top 10 span on the Billboard 200: 52 years, two months and one week. Sinatra first entered the top tier with "Songs for Swingin' Lovers!" the week of April 7, 1956, and last ranked in the region on June 14, 2008, with "Nothing but the Best." The Billboard 200 launched as a weekly chart in the pages of Billboard magazine the week of March 24, 1956.

Upon its arrival, "Radio" becomes the Beach Boys' highest-charting album since 1965's "Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)," which reached No. 2. The new release is their 14th top 10 and first since 1976's "15 Big Ones." The Beach Boys have topped the Billboard 200 with two titles: 1964's "Beach Boys Concert" (for four weeks) and 1974's "Endless Summer" (one week).

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Jun 16, 2012 9:25AM
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For you children of the corn posting here, I grew up with the Beach Boys and they still represent a lot better world to live in and a lot more fun. Cruzin' and Surfin' most of us are still doing.
Like any band ,yes even they had their times of finding themselves and the drugs and the parting and ALL of the classic Rock and Roll Groups have been thru it. I have come up with about all of them, and most of you were not even born when we were seeing the Stones in concert. I watched the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and I own a lot of their music and even though they are not my favorite, I still respect them and all groups.
Paul McCartney spoke highly of Brian Wilson  for writing Good Vibrations, in return Brian thought of that as the most in compliments coming from the man who wrote 'Hey Jude".
The Beach Boys have stayed together all these years and their concerts are still great as ever.
Go see a concert if you think they don't have it anymore, you will find out different and they still sell out. Most groups don't stay together but a few years and then they become 1 hit wonders of the past.
 Chuck Berry was great also, but do some research, find out where some of his tunes came from, you will find it is all the same game.
I can see people hating the Beach Boys new song God made the radio......in today's world most all have turned away or against anything that mentions God, that is how our society has become.
So back off the Beach Boys, they have earned the right and paid their dues.

Jun 16, 2012 8:32AM
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I don't see the "missing" beach boy, you know Chuck Berry! Without him how many hits would they have had?

Jun 16, 2012 8:11AM
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How about giving them the Ron Howard award for unsuccessfully covering their bald heads with baseball caps...
Jun 16, 2012 8:10AM
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How about giving them the Charles Manson award for being in Charlie's "family" when the Tate murders were being planned.  They got off scott-free and Charlie got one of their gold records.
Jun 16, 2012 5:07AM
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Who rigged this? The Beach Boys besting the Beatles? Not in a million years.............
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