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Old 11-22-2014, 01:15 PM   #196
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They really are doing quite well on the world charts. If you look at others, like Garth brooks selling 136k in his first week! Nick Jonas selling 41k in his first week!!! That is really really low. Pretty crazy to think that U2 is still hanging in there at all given that the album was free for 5 weeks.

They fall to 118 in the US. Now with bono's accident, there will be no return for it. Sad, cause it's such a strong album and the more I listen to EBW, the more I think it's on the level of One as a pure classic.

Sigh. Such is life
I'm not so sure there couldn't be a return for the album. When Bono is better and they start the US promo and announce the tour, it could go higher.

I'm hearing The Miracle all the time now on the two alternative stations. In a 24 hr period, The Miracle is played 5x instead of 4x as it was the week before and on the smaller alternative station they also play This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now. Neither of those stations play EBW.

The Miracle is also up to #34 in top songs of the week on the larger rock station. On the other large rock station I haven't heard it once, but the station also seem to have changed their format right about the time of SOI's release. They are playing some really awful stuff lately and barely any somewhat alternative music. Dumb move since at the same time they changed their song mix they nixed their HD2 Classic Rock and HD3 Alternative stations. Have no clue why, but I don't even listen to the station anymore. I used to listen quite regularly.
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Old 11-24-2014, 12:58 AM   #197
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I was outside and a neighbor had his garage door open. I heard "The Miracle" playing. I never heard GOYB playing. So there is still a chance for SOI.

Bono's accident may have hurt a bit, but once they start up US promotion again (most likely in the new year, maybe late January or February for sweeps time) the album may ramp up. Plus, they may be getting ready more for the tour (this all assumes Bono is fairly healed by then), so the promotion makes sense.

As for the songs, there was a time when U2 didn't have to have 1000 TV appearances to get a hit song. Yes, I know, those days may be long ago. But I also believe that a good, or even great, song has a chance all on its own. The first two singles are far stronger than the first two songs from NLOTH. And remember, BD took a LONG time to finally hit its peak on the US charts. So there is still a chance for both the songs and the album.
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That said, I doubt this album will even go Gold. Sad too because all of U2's albums have gone Platinum in the US. But then, 26M people didn't download it for free either.
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Old 11-24-2014, 04:07 AM   #199
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Poland:

13.10-19.10 - #1
20.10-26.10 - #2
27.10-02.11 - #2

as of 05.11 it is a double platinum album - 40k

Poland:

13.10-19.10 - #1
20.10-26.10 - #2
27.10-02.11 - #2
03.11-09.11 - #4
10.11-16.11 - #6

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Old 11-24-2014, 05:13 AM   #200
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It doesn't do too well here in Switzerland..... number 26 now, it peaked at number 3, that's all.
Every U2 album since Zooropa were n° 1 at least for a week, even NLOTH.....

I guess the free download has something to do with the low results.

I don't care, I love this album!!!!!
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Old 11-25-2014, 06:46 PM   #201
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"Songs Of Innocence +" at number 26 this week!

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"Songs Of Innocence +" at number 26 this week!

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Album is jumping back up in a lot of countries due to the second disc being available to download.

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Nice!
While this is great and all, that SOI+ is at number 26, it really just shows how badly thought out this whole release was.

Apple should be selling the ENTIRE deluxe edition album and charging 6.99 for it. Why sell this second seperate piece?? Just configure it so it would combine with the sales of the regular deluxe edition. It's not that hard. If Guy O' could make Tom Petty's free album he gave away with ticket purchases count on the charts, then I'm sure he could make this work, if he would have given it any real thought.

You would probably see the album back in the top 15 or 20 if they had done it right. But nothing seems right for SOI...
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How is the release badly thought out? They weren't going for PHYSICAL sales if they did that release.

It's okay, Womanfish. Nearly 500k is quite a nice number. I expect physical sales would have picked up a bit if they could have done the Tonight Show promo last week and Christmas coming. Still, the band will do the Fallon show and the promo in the US likely by early March. It will be fine.

Are your models for what is right based on what has happened in the past? The old model is broken. U2 is making a new one. Thus, the need for the sh*tstorm umbrella.

I do agree that Apple should just sell the ENTIRE album for the one price. It's silly that they aren't. Could someone ring up Guy and get him on this, please. Bono likely can't. I wonder how hard it is for Bono to talk on the phone these days. Ouch!
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How is the release badly thought out? They weren't going for PHYSICAL sales if they did that release.

It's okay, Womanfish. Nearly 500k is quite a nice number. I expect physical sales would have picked up a bit if they could have done the Tonight Show promo last week and Christmas coming. Still, the band will do the Fallon show and the promo in the US likely by early March. It will be fine.

Are your models for what is right based on what has happened in the past? The old model is broken. U2 is making a new one. Thus, the need for the sh*tstorm umbrella.

I do agree that Apple should just sell the ENTIRE album for the one price. It's silly that they aren't. Could someone ring up Guy and get him on this, please. Bono likely can't. I wonder how hard it is for Bono to talk on the phone these days. Ouch!
LOL. I know, I know. I'm just so annoyed by this sort of thing at times. Yes, this was an unconventional release. But while they are breaking the mold of the "future" they still live in the present and i feel they should straddle both accordingly. Right now they are straddling it like bono on a bike seat.

I mean, we need no more evidence than a should-be classic U2 song, EBW now sliding off the charts before getting any traction.

sad indeed.
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EBW acoustic is on the iTunes What's Hot chart at #37.

I do have ?s about the release of the singles and who is calling the shots and when. I still think the album is strong enough it can bounce back up the charts when Bono is 100% again and they do their thing for the promo and tour announcement.

They surprised us with the album and with its method of release, so I'm thinking there will be another surprise coming.
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Old 11-28-2014, 05:17 PM   #208
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World Chart Position and Sales has been updated:

This week #20 with 41,000 albums sold.

A total of 499.000!

Global Chart Album Top 40
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Netherlands: #25 after 7 weeks charting it finally drops further. New single and video. Needed to save the album!!!

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SOI sells 38k this past week worldwide. This brings the total to 537,000

It's held pretty steady the last 4 weeks or so. Anyone think the tour announcement will boost next couple weeks numbers? I'm guessing it'll be around 45k next week and 50 the week after.
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