What year is this?  The Beatles, who broke up nearly 40 years ago, sold more than 2.25 million CDs in their first week of release.

As you know, the Fab Four's digitally remastered catalog was released on Sept. 9. The sales figure comes from sales in North America, Japan and the U.K. and does not include non-traditional retail outlets, which means the actual tally is even higher.

To break it down further, according to EMI Records,  more than one million copies of the Beatles titles were sold in the U.S. Nine of the titles landed in the top 20 of Billboard's Comprehensive Album chart. In the U.K., the Beatles had four titles in the top 10. In Japan, all 14 titles and the two boxed sets debuted in the top 25 of the international chart.

Two things to bear in mind:  these titles are only available as physical goods... the Beatles, along with Garth Brooks, are the two biggest holdout in terms of not allowing their music to be sold digitally.  And, have we mentioned, they break up nearly 40 years ago?

So the Beatles and Michael Jackson dominate sales this year. What does that say about the state of the artists who coming out now?