U2 knocks Taylor Swift out of No. 1 on Billboard 200

03.11.09 9 years ago

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Two decades after it first topped the Billboard 200, U2 returns to the summit once again with “No Line on the Horizon.” It is the Irish band’s 7th No. 1 album, according to Billboard.

Not only do Bono & the Boys get another No. 1, they also score the best-selling sales week of 2009 with 484,000 copies sold.  The last album to sell more in its opening frame was Britney Spears’ “Circus,” which moved 505,000 units  in December.

 For a few more stats, U2’s seven No. 1’s tie the band with Led Zeppelin for the the second highest number of charttoppers. They are behind the Beatles, who landed a staggering 19 No. 1 albums.  U2’s opening figures are impressive and we don’t want to take anything away from them. However, in a sign of how fall the music industry has fallen, the band’s last album, 2004’s “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb,” opened at No. 1 with 840,000 copies sold.  To reach little more than half that number,  U2 promoted the hell out of “No Line,” and they aren’t done yet. They’ve done a series of radio specials this week and that may be enough to keep them at No. 1 for another week. Their biggest competition comes from Kelly Clark’s “All I Ever Wanted”  and The-Dream’s “Love Vs. Money.”

Taylor Swift hangs to No. 2 with “Fearless,” but we expect, based on next week’s debuts, that she slips to No. 4 next week.

In a major success story, Indie singer/songwriter Neko Case comes in at No. 3 with “Middle Cyclone.” It is far and away her highest chart week. Her last album, 2006’s “Fox Confessor Brings the Flood,” sold 18,000 in its first week to come in at No. 54.  “Middle Cyclone” sold a whopping 44,000 in week one.

Lady GaGa continues her upward trajectory: “The Fame” moves from No. 7 to No. 4.

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