Thursday, December 2, 2004

U2's new album is No. 1 on the charts!!!!

U2's album tops U.S. charts


LOS ANGELES, California (Billboard) -- U2 earned its sixth No. 1 album on the U.S. pop charts Wednesday as its new release, "How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," sold almost twice as many copies in its first week as 2000's "All That You Can't Leave Behind."

The new Interscope album moved 840,000 copies in the Thanksgiving holiday week that ended November 28, according to sales data from Nielsen SoundScan.

The Irish quartet's previous package, "All That You Can't Leave Behind," entered -- and peaked -- at No. 3 in November 2000 on sales of 428,000 copies; it has a to-date total of 4.2 million.

U2 ended the two-week chart reign of labelmate Eminem's "Encore" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope), which dropped to No. 2 with 471,000 copies. The band also terminated the rapper's three-week stint atop the U.K. charts on Sunday.

The album's arrival was heralded by first single "Vertigo," which is featured in Apple Computer's iPod/iTunes TV commercial. The track spent four weeks atop Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks list, which is based on radio airplay, and is currently at No. 3. Additionally, the band made a series of high profile appearances in the week leading up to the album's release, including a performance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" and an unannounced free outdoor show in New York.

U2, which first went to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with 1987's "The Joshua Tree," has a worldwide sales total of more than 120 million copies, according to Interscope.

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