Beautiful Debut: U2 scores eighth #1 album with “Songs of Experience”

Interscope RecordsU2 has plenty of experience topping the Billboard 200, and the Irish rockers have just scored their eighth #1 album on the chart with Songs of Experience. The new record notched 186,000 equivalent album sales during its first week of release, 180,000 of which were from traditional album sales.

Both totals are the highest single-week sales figures for an album by any rock act during 2017. Sales of Songs of Experience were boosted by a promotion that bundled the album with tickets for U2’s 2018 Experience + Innocence Tour, which kicks off in May.

Songs of Experience is the companion album to U2’s 2014 album Songs of Innocence, which was first released for free into the library of every iTunes user. It entered the Billboard 200 at #9 when it was commercially released.

U2’s most recent, previous Billboard 200 chart-topper was 2009’s No Line on the Horizon. They also reached #1 with 2004’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, 1997’s Pop, 1993’s Zooropa, 1991’s Achtung Baby, 1988’s Rattle and Hum, and 1987’s The Joshua Tree.

With Songs of Experience hitting the top spot on the Billboard 200, U2 becomes the first band ever with #1 albums in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. Three other artists also have accomplished the feat — Janet Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand.

In other news, U2 has released a teaser-trailer for the forthcoming official video for their new song, “Get Out of Your Own Way,” which was directed by frequent collaborator Jonas Akerlund. The full video will premiere in the coming days.

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