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Old 02-02-2009, 06:39 PM   #61
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I think if this album gets a good start with GOYB (promotion shows and radio) and if a leak happens that casual U2 fans like then it and it will sell good. But still a lot has to do with Video channels like MTV, Much Music and MuchMore Music and other stations from other countries.

I know MTV usually does The Hills (same as MuchMore Music now) and more reality shows but we have to hope for the best not just rely on radio. It all comes down to the promotion of this album and how people react and also how U2 prevent leaks for the complete album.

There are many younger people who still look at U2 as middle age but what's weird they still bought AC/DC so maybe there's a chance for good sales with all generations if the album lives to the hype of the reviews. The kids still are looking for good music and good videos which GOYB defintely has.
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Old 02-02-2009, 07:01 PM   #62
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There's no reason that legal downloads can't be lossless, especially with storage capacity and bandwidth increasing all the time. I've bought a couple of albums in FLAC format, and Apple has their own lossless format that's compatible with iPods, Apple TV, AirTunes, etc. I'm hoping that downloads are actually better than CD quality at some point. My receiver can handle a 24-bit, 192-kHz digital signal.
CDs are sampled at 16-bits, right?
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Old 02-02-2009, 07:04 PM   #63
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Yep. 16 bits, 44.1 kHz.
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Old 02-02-2009, 09:23 PM   #64
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I teach High School in NYC, and kids do not pay for music. Flat out. They laugh when I even mention buying CDs.
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:45 AM   #65
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See. There's the next generation of music "buyers" right there. I don't think my daughter even knows what a CD is; she refers to them as DVDs.

The few times she has wanted to hear a specific song, I've downloaded it from iTunes for her.
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:38 AM   #66
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Kids these days don't care to walk into a record store and browse the shelves to see the new dr dre or 50 cent album on the rack, ready to be picked up, taken home, and slammed onto the deck. They don't GET that authenticity, that magical experiance. I do. In fact, next week, I plan on visiting HMV and picking up an arcade fire disk, to add to my still new collection of CDs. I only just started collecting...I've only just began listening to music, really (viva la vida, parachutes, pop, how to, U218. I can't wait to have a whole shelf full! Just like my mum and dads cupboard of a hundred odd vynll. I wanna add some Arcade, who else though? )
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:48 AM   #67
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I know it can be a bit expensive ($12-$20) but I've found a renewed interest in music by purchasing vinyl. I plan on purchasing the vinyl of NLOTH and have recently purchased the re-masters this way. Vinyl sounds great, is loose-less, and doesn't depreciate as much as CD. Plus some bands add bonus tracks, coupon to download the album for free, and there is always colored vinyl
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:50 AM   #68
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just out of curiosity, what are the numbers of the most recent albums of Metallica, AC/DC and G&R?
they are - lets say - in U2's league... and what's more important they also have "older" (CD-buying) fans...
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:55 AM   #69
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2008 sales (worldwide):
GN'R - 1, 6 million
Metallica - 3,6 million
AC/DC - 5,0 million
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2008 sales (worldwide):
GN'R - 1, 6 million


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Metallica - 3,6 million
AC/DC - 5,0 million
that's not bad , I think U2 should make around 7mln then
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:04 AM   #71
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Amazing is that the best album of 2008 only sold 1,6 million copies... that album should've sold 10 million at least.
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GN'R - 1, 6 million
Oh no, where's Shaun when you need him?
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:14 PM   #73
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Way more people will hear it, but way less people will pay for it. I'm guessing half of everyone with it on their computer will get it for free, the other half will pay. But I'd guess 15 million people will have it on their computer.
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2008 sales (worldwide):
GN'R - 1, 6 million
Metallica - 3,6 million
AC/DC - 5,0 million
Slight update on those sales and a few more interesting ones from Big rock bands and also the internet's favourites

Coldplay - 6.97 million (Best selling 2008 release)
AC/DC - 5.28 million
Metallica - 3.77 million
Kings of Leon - 2.39 million
Nickelback - 2.27 million
Radiohead - 1.87 million
Guns N Roses - 1.82 million
The Killers - 1.78 million
R.E.M. - 1.26 million
Oasis - 1.12 million
Snow Patrol - 0.78 million
Vampire Weekend - 0.75 million
Weezer - 0.67 million
The Verve - 0.58 million
Fleet Foxes - 0.46 million
Sigur Rós - 0.42 million
Kaiser Chiefs - 0.27 million
The Cure - 0.26 million
Razorlight - 0.18 million


I can't believe Fleet Foxes outsold Sigur Rós
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Wow there are some really terrible bands in there. And some great ones.
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