U2 past commercial glory?! U.S. consumers think so.

Nick ([email protected])
Wed, 19 Aug 1998 11:19:05 -0700


I don't think this has been posted before. It's from the 8-11-98 Cyber-
Sleaze, and a nice conversation piece...

next time BONO and company get a little too big for their britches, we
will be forced to remind them that the latest American sales figures
show that most of the record-buying public on THIS side of the Atlantic
are buying their OLD albums and largely ignoring their latest offerings.
The Irish band from Dublin sold a total of 2.2 million albums in the
United States this year, but a full 104,000 of those were for their
11-year old album JOSHUA TREE. In fact, total sales of the Joshua Tree
this year are actually higher than the combined total for U2's most
recent three albums. Meanwhile, their latest offering, POP has sold less
than half of Joshua Tree's numbers, a rather measly 45,000 units, making
it marginally more successful than the sales of RATTLE AND HUM (43,000),
WAR (44,000) and ACHTUNG BABY (40,000). But, with the added ticket and
merchandising earnings from their gargantuan POPMART tour and wise
financial investments, the U2 boys do not have to worry about the
financial fallout of their fading record sales. The boys are worth a
whopping $127 million each. Man, if I was worth THAT much I would start
making crappy albums too!!

Interesting to see the Diva making two assumptions: 1) that the U.S.
consumers are somehow the wiser, and 2) that crappy albums = pisspoor
U.S. sales. Yet this lady will eat the sputum of Pulp and Radiohead any
day. Go figure.


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