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Old 09-06-2017, 05:12 AM   #1
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The Best Thing - Chart Performance

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Old 09-06-2017, 08:05 AM   #2
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Out now on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, etc.

Time to get streaming!
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Old 09-06-2017, 11:25 AM   #3
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Slowly getting out there. Remember that Kworb.net is our friend.

iTunes:
#1 Mauritius
#1 Spain
#2 Netherlands
#3 Chile
#3 Hungary
#3 Italy
#7 Peru
#9 Poland
#13 Argentina
#14 Luxembourg
#17 Czech Republic
#17 Denmark
#17 Slovakia
#19 Norway
#20 Germany
#25 Greece
#26 France
#26 Israel
#28 Mexico
#36 Brazil
#48 United Kingdom
#51 Australia
#57 Belgium
#68 United States
#70 Hong Kong
#72 New Zealand
#78 Canada
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TBT now at number 25 on US iTunes.
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Old 09-06-2017, 04:56 PM   #5
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As of 4:50 PM EST:

iTunes:
#1 Czech Republic
#1 Hungary
#1 Ireland
#1 Italy
#1 Mauritius
#1 Netherlands
#1 Peru
#1 Slovenia
#1 Spain
#1 Sweden
#2 Belgium
#2 Brazil
#2 Chile
#2 Colombia
#2 Denmark
#2 El Salvador
#2 Luxembourg
#2 Mexico
#2 Portugal
#4 Bulgaria
#4 Cyprus
#4 Slovakia
#5 Argentina
#5 Poland
#6 Austria
#7 France
#8 Greece
#9 Germany
#13 United States
#14 Canada
#14 Switzerland
#15 Norway
#17 United Kingdom
#17 New Zealand
#22 Finland
#24 Ukraine
#29 Israel
#32 Hong Kong
#40 Papua New Guinea
#42 Botswana
#43 Australia
#60 Russia
#65 South Africa
#68 Indonesia
#87 India
#89 Singapore
#154 Taiwan
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Old 09-06-2017, 05:52 PM   #6
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It's at #6 in the iTunes worldwide chart
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It just shot up, didn't it? I think it can make it to the U.S. iTunes Top 10 after performing it on The Tonight Show.
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Can anybody see how many Spotify streams it has?
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Old 09-06-2017, 07:44 PM   #9
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It just shot up, didn't it? I think it can make it to the U.S. iTunes Top 10 after performing it on The Tonight Show.
That actually might be to it's advantage as the new sales tracking week will start at about the same time as U2 play the song.

I still think they should have released this on a Friday to maximize the total momentum for first week charting though.
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Current U2 iTunes estimates.

So the newest Taylor Swift single has been #1 on the iTunes chart all week and estimated by HitsDoubleDaily to sell almost 275,000 downloads this week, which is on average 39,000 per day, and 1,600 downloads per hour.

For the past 4 hours, TBT has averaged around ~21% of Taylor's sales according to Kworb, which is roughly 1344 sales total. From 4 to 7 hours presumably averaged ~12% of Taylor's sales which is 576 sales total. From 7 to 11 it was ~5% of Taylor's total sales, or 320 sales total. For hours 11 - 14, it was charting fairly low around ~2% of Taylor's total sales or 96 total sales.

If it stays relatively steady overnight and gains slightly tomorrow, say holding around 25% of Taylor's sales on average for the next 26 hours, we could possibly see 10,400 sales in that period.

Which would bring us to `~12,700 downloads total for for this current tracking week.
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Digital Sales Data


Actually according to this U2 has sold 876 digital downloads in the UK, 6725 digital downloads in the US, and 339 digital downloads in Ireland thus far.

Statistical estimate at 12656 total downloads worldwide.
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Those numbers sound so depressing until you realise that most people either buy physical things or stream things.
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Those numbers sound so depressing until you realise that most people either buy physical things or stream things.
Yeah digital downloads are pretty much dead.

The #50 most streamed song in the country last week was streamed nearly 5,000,000 times in America alone.
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Vinyl sales make me happy, I'm not surprised to see digital sales drop - streaming is convenience + quantity, physical is traditional. Digital has nowhere to go.
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Any sign or rumours of any kind of physical release for Best Thing? The thing that annoyed me most about the whole SOI release period was that there were no physical singles available, unless you forked out a lot for promo cds. Even in this day and age you would think that U2 could easily shift 5k or 10k copies of its new lead single in the first week (even just in the States?) in physical form if it was a well designed and thought out package, including an actual unheard b-side or two, and an audio of say the Blackout live performance or something. They easily shift about 10k in a week in the Record Store Day releases. Go figure?
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