"They put their heart and soul into everything they do, but the sales were not what they expected because they did not have the one song that ignited peoples imaginations." - Steve Lillywhite Co-Producer on No Line Remember this, the album sales figures, chart positions at the end of the year, and concert ticket sales figures, that I have reported are indisputable FACTS!
"I walk out and sing 'Breathe' every night to a lot of people who don't know it," says Bono. - Bono on Rolling Stone interview. Bethere, this directly contradicts that you say everyone in the stadium is there becuase of the success of No Line. Bono is basically saying a lot of people in the crowd don't know the material.
"three out of four members now acknowledge that it was the wrong choice for a first single" - Rolling Stone on Get on Your Boots
"relatively weak sales for No Line on the Horizon" - Rolling Stone U2 article
"The album debuted at number one in 30 countries but did not sell as well as anticipated; the band expressed disappointment over the relatively low sales" - Wikipedia
"No Line was a huge success" - Bethere
So Bethere, who are we to believe? Should we believe the band, the co-producer of the album, leading music industry paper, or you?
1. Steve Lillywhite is a music producer, not a music sales or marketing expert. He obviously does not spend his time reading sales reports, and chart figures as well as comparing them year to year.
2. No it doesn't. Breathe was never a single from the album and it was not the first song on the album either or have some other tie in to the tour like Zoo Station and Zoo Tv etc. Less fan reaction typically always happens when you play album cuts that are not singles from a brand new album. It happened on ZOO TV all the time.
3. Get On Your Boots received a lot less airplay than Vertigo or Beautiful Day did, but that did not stop the album from being a success.
4. Rolling Stone is not an accurate source for raw music sales and market data. This is just an uniformed journalist making a faulty assertion.
5. Wikipedia - enough said. Plus the band has never been quoted actually saying disapointment.
Finally, nearly every artist out there has to some degree been disappointed with the raw sales seen over the past five years. But this is disappointment because of the collapse of the music market with the majority of people obtaining music for free, not a failure to appeal to people or compete with other artist out there in the business.
What you need to know are the album sales data year to year, the chart positions of albums and how they finish the year versus other albums in the market, and concert ticket sales data. That alone provides the answers to these questions or issues, not the alleged things the band said or the mis-characterizations of what they said. Not the ramblings of a music producer as opposed to a music business professional, not a magazine devoted to discussing actual music, art, and culture as opposed to business. The leading music industry paper is BILLBOARD MAGAZINE!