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Songs Of Experience sales in the United States
« on: February 12, 2018, 04:18:28 PM »
Here is how the new U2 album, Songs Of Experience, has done in the United States to this point:

Each week of sales so far, with chart position and sales.

01. (#1) 179,772
02. (#6) 32,307
03. (#19) 21,234
04. (#19) 14,028
05. (#23) 5,717
06. (#23) 4,310
07. (#39) 3,549
08. (#57) 2,894
09. (#51) 3,584
10. (#52) 2,774
11. (#84) 2,119
12. (#114) 1,730
13. (#55) 3,257
14. (#130) 1,657
15. (#35) 4,976
16. (#63) 2,705
17. (#115) 1,882
18. (#170) 1,529
19. (#124) 1,754
20. (#---) 1,218
21. (#151) 2,044
22. (#85) 2,137
23. (#67) 2,824
24. (#65) 2,564
25. (#68) 2,634
26. (#---) 1,734
27. (#112) 1,851
28. (#54) 3,000 (Estimated)
29. (#71) 2,400 (Estimated)
30. (#62) 2,600 (Estimated)
31. (out of top 100 ?) 1,500 (Estimated)
32. (off all album charts)

Total sales after 32 weeks in the United States is 319,000 copies. This includes BOTH physical and digital copies.
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Re: Songs Of Experience sales in the United States
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2018, 05:57:17 PM »
Do these numbers include the albums included with a ticket? You'd think that is over 250,000 copies (25 shows times 10,000) with tickets.

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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2018, 06:06:38 PM »
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Do these numbers include the albums included with a ticket? You'd think that is over 250,000 copies (25 shows times 10,000) with tickets.

It includes that too. Not everyone that purchased a ticket took up the option to get the free album. I made sure I got mine for the two tickets I purchased. I also purchased two delux albums, one for myself and one for my sister for Christmas. So I'm responsible for four albums sold. But, you had to actually click on the option, and if you did not, you didn't get an album with your ticket. The album they sent out with the tickets was just the regular album without the 4 extra tracks with the Delux. I assume the digital was just the regular album too, but I don't do digital, so I did not get that.

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Re: Songs Of Experience sales in the United States
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2018, 08:45:22 PM »
I think this is a reflection of how poor the album is. All this debate about why ticket sales are down, I think it is is cost and the quality of the new LP. That said, Can't wait to see the best live band ever in May

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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2018, 11:15:30 PM »
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I think this is a reflection of how poor the album is. All this debate about why ticket sales are down, I think it is is cost and the quality of the new LP. That said, Can't wait to see the best live band ever in May

The album is good. This is a reflection of the current music market and the age of the band. If you compare SOEs sales to recent albums from other rock bands of the same era, almost all of them did worse. I think the only exception is Metallica. Maybe the OP can speak to this as they seem to have some good data.


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Re: Songs Of Experience sales in the United States
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2018, 11:17:42 PM »
I agree obviously there will be different points of view on the album I think this is how the industry operates these days. Its why everyone is touring - only way to make any money.

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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2018, 11:36:25 PM »
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I think this is a reflection of how poor the album is. All this debate about why ticket sales are down, I think it is is cost and the quality of the new LP. That said, Can't wait to see the best live band ever in May

The album is good. This is a reflection of the current music market and the age of the band. If you compare SOEs sales to recent albums from other rock bands of the same era, almost all of them did worse. I think the only exception is Metallica. Maybe the OP can speak to this as they seem to have some good data.


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The Billboard Magazine year for their top album sales chart runs from December 1, 2016 through November 30, 2017.

Metallica had the 2nd biggest selling album of the 2017 year with 1,077,000 copies sold. The #1 album by Bruno Mars only beat Metallica by 42,000 copies. The Metallica album benefited from the free album if purchased a ticket package. Metallica did its first extensive tour of the United States in 8 years and played lots of Stadium shows. Metallica may have sold 300,000 to 500,000 through the album/ticket package. You can see this because the Metallica album had dropped on the charts and was about to go out and then tickets for the tour were put on sale and the album zoomed all the way back into the top 10. So the album/ticket combo really helped Metallica's album helping to nearly give them the #1 album of the year in the United States.

If U2 can sell another 100,000 copies of the album, they will likely have one of the top 15 biggest selling albums of 2018 in the United States.

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Re: Songs Of Experience sales in the United States
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2018, 11:39:20 PM »
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I think this is a reflection of how poor the album is. All this debate about why ticket sales are down, I think it is is cost and the quality of the new LP. That said, Can't wait to see the best live band ever in May

The album has been highly rated by many critics and I consider it the 6th best album they have ever done. I know these sales seem low, but these are actually good sales in 2018. If the album can sell another 100,000 copies before December, it will likely be one of the top 15 sellers of the year.

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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2018, 11:52:24 PM »
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I agree obviously there will be different points of view on the album I think this is how the industry operates these days. Its why everyone is touring - only way to make any money.

U2 is still making money on the album, especially since they have a 25% royalty rate. So they get around $3 dollars to $4 dollars per album sold and have sold a little over 1 million copies worldwide so far.

But of course a band that only sold 100,000 copies and only gets $1 dollar per album and then splits that between 4 members are probably living pay check to pay check. Touring helps if your already popular, but if your not, you may only be paying the cost of what it takes to tour and only making a tiny profit. Streaming and individual track sales helps, although the amount of money the artist gets with those formats is a tiny fraction compared to selling one full album.

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Re: Songs Of Experience sales in the United States
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2018, 07:37:51 PM »
Where did you get this information? I have been looking for this.
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Here is how the new U2 album, Songs Of Experience, has done in the United States to this point:

Each week of sales so far, with chart position and sales.

01. (#1) 179,772
02. (#6) 32,307
03. (#19) 21,234
04. (#19) 14,028
05. (#23) 5,717
06. (#23) 4,310
07. (#39) 3,549
08. (#57) 2,894
09. (#51) 3,584
10. (#52) 2,774

Total sales after 10 weeks is 270,169. This includes BOTH physical and digital copies.

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« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2018, 12:45:39 PM »
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Where did you get this information? I have been looking for this.
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Here is how the new U2 album, Songs Of Experience, has done in the United States to this point:

Each week of sales so far, with chart position and sales.

01. (#1) 179,772
02. (#6) 32,307
03. (#19) 21,234
04. (#19) 14,028
05. (#23) 5,717
06. (#23) 4,310
07. (#39) 3,549
08. (#57) 2,894
09. (#51) 3,584
10. (#52) 2,774

Total sales after 10 weeks is 270,169. This includes BOTH physical and digital copies.

Its official soundscan data posted at the UKMIX forum for the United States. The link to the latest top 200 album sales for the most recent week can be found here:

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I had to go through all the different threads with each sales weeks data to find each week of sales. It wasn't all in one spot.

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Re: Songs Of Experience sales in the United States
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2018, 12:55:00 PM »
Here is how the new U2 album, Songs Of Experience, has done in the United States to this point, the 11th week:

Each week of sales so far, with chart position and sales.

01. (#1) 179,772
02. (#6) 32,307
03. (#19) 21,234
04. (#19) 14,028
05. (#23) 5,717
06. (#23) 4,310
07. (#39) 3,549
08. (#57) 2,894
09. (#51) 3,584
10. (#52) 2,774
11. (#84) 2,119

Total sales after 11 weeks in the United States is 272,288. This includes BOTH physical and digital copies.

So a big drop down to #84 from #52, but in sales terms only a decline of 655 copies. On average, an album has to sell at least 1,100 copies to make the top 200 in any given week. Once again this includes BOTH physical and digital copies.

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Re: Songs Of Experience sales in the United States
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2018, 03:16:57 PM »
Wish it were selling more, but the fact that it's still in the Billboard top 100 after 11 weeks is notable, I suppose.

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Re: Songs Of Experience sales in the United States
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2018, 05:32:44 PM »
I wonder how much of the U2 fanbase no longer buys music and just streams it online or obtains it in other ways.

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Re: Songs Of Experience sales in the United States
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2018, 06:23:12 PM »
Most of the younger people I know buy no music.  All streamed or pirated.  Yet another thing the internet has ruined...