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Old 11-08-2018, 10:05 AM   #1
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Why did U2 release With Or Without You AFTER they released The Joshua Tree?

WOWY was released 2 weeks AFTER The Joshua Tree. As a result, by the time the single was released, the album had already spent 2 weeks at number 1 in the UK. What was the logic behind this? By doing this, they basically threw away a great chance of having their first (at the time) UK number one single. The single spent 4 weeks in the top 10, despite being released after the album, peaking at number 4, so it still did very well, which really only adds more fuel to the 'what if' fire.

Would be great to get some insight into what seems like a crazy decision. The next 5 albums after JT that U2 released a single first for (exclude Zooropa) the first single went to number one. So it seems reasonable to predict that WOWY would have too.
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