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LA Times : U2’s ’Pop’ Off to a Good Start

jeudi 13 mars 1997

Source : LA Times

From The Los Angeles Times :

U2’S ’POP’ POPS OFF TO A GOOD START

U2’s much-anticipated "Pop" album on Island Records is off to an encouragingstart, entering the national sales chart at No. 1 by selling nearly 350,000 copieslast week, according to SoundScan.

That’s the highest single-week total this year and the biggest opening-week figuresince the 479,000 copies generated by Snoop Doggy Dogg’s "Tha Doggfather" lastNovember.

The results surely led to a sigh of relief in the record industry, which hadseen several of its rock superstars, including Pearl Jam and R.E.M., come in with relatively disappointing opening-week figures—a trend in recent monthsthat has greatly troubled the $ 12-billion-a-year industry, whose sales havebeen flat for two years. "It’s a very healthy first week," said Geoff Mayfield,charts editor of Billboard magazine. "It’s a very respectable start."

U2’s last two albums, 1991’s "Achtung Baby" and 1993’s "Zooropa," soldan estimated 275,000 and 377,000 copies in their first weeks. The albums went on to sell 5 million and 2 million, respectively.

Meanwhile, however, ticket sales for the Irish rock group’s lavish world tour,which begins April 25 in Las Vegas, have been mixed. While shows have soldout and dates have been added in some cities, including New York and Chicago,Amusement Business magazine reported that only about 20,000 tickets havebeen sold in San Diego and Tempe, Ariz.

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