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A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.

Songs Of Innocence Debuts at No. 9 on Billboard Album Chart

Posted: October 22, 2014
By: Matt McGee

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Songs Of Innocence has debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard album chart with first-week sales of about 28,000 copies. It's U2's 11th album to reach the Billboard Top 10.

Billboard magazine says 96 percent of sales were of the CD or vinyl version ... ergo, the other four percent was digital sales. Billboard says there were a little more than 1,000 copies of the vinyl album sold, making it the third highest selling vinyl of the week.

Of course, sales of SOI were obviously impacted by the fact that the album was available free for more than a month via iTunes. Apple has already announced that there were more than 26 million full album downloads in the first month since it became available. That number is on par with the all-time sales of The Joshua Tree, U2's best-selling album to date.

 

Vote U2 For People's Choice Award

Posted: October 22, 2014
By: Sherry Lawrence

U2 are among the 12 acts shortlisted in the Favorite Group category for the 2015 People's Choice Awards. The top five acts will then move on to a second round of voting, which begins Nov. 4. Voting is now open. Visit the People's Choice Award website to cast your vote. Let's get U2 to the next round!

 

U2 Makes First Appearance on Later With... Jools Holland

Posted: October 21, 2014
By: Matt McGee

Musician and TV host Jools Holland had one of his wishes come true tonight when U2 made its first appearance and performance on his BBC 2 TV show, Later With... Jools Holland. The band opened the 30-minute live show with the first performance of "Volcano," and then closed the show with "Every Breaking Wave."

You can catch videos of both songs and full concert details on @U2 Tours.

On Friday, a recorded, 60-minute version of Later With... will air, and that should include an interview with U2 and possibly a third live song.

Next up for U2 is a performance/interview on Friday in Germany in front of a live audience, although at this point the venue and city have not even been announced.

UPDATE: Via @U2UKFanFeed, who were at the show tonight, U2's third song was the first live performance of "California (There Is No End To Love)."

 

U2 Does Two Songs on BBC's Graham Norton Show

Posted: October 16, 2014
By: Matt McGee

The Songs Of Innocence promo tour continued Thursday as U2 participated in a recording of this week's The Graham Norton Show on BBC One. During the taping, the band did two full, electric versions of "The Miracle" and then did an acoustic version of "Song For Someone" from the couch when Norton asked the band to do one more song.

Here's the recap on @U2 Tours.

The show will air Friday evening on BBC One. And, for our US readers, BBC America will air the program on October 25 at 10:00 pm.

Next up: Bono and Edge will be on Absolute Radio's breakfast show Friday morning. (The interview was taped on Wednesday.) Friday night, the band is doing a live interview on iHeartRadio.

UPDATE: While it lasts, here's video of U2's two songs.

 

Bono & Edge Tease Tour Details On BBC Radio 6

Posted: October 16, 2014
By: Sherry Lawrence

Bono and Edge joined Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 6 today to discuss Songs Of Innocence. While singing a bit of "I Remember You" a capella and waxing nostalgic about punk influences, Bono spoke a bit more about Songs Of Experience.

It's more about the present tense. The singer - the protagonist in it - is much closer to where we're at in our life and the younger character from Songs Of Innocence, they sometimes meet and one has a take on the other that is often a little aggressive. I often think about that - what would the younger me think of me now. Not much. In one song, there's another song called "The Morning After Innocence" where the older me goes and asks the younger me for help. It's a very tough one that goes:

Is that your fountain pen, navy with a nib of gold? You never could write so well or do anything you were told on 10 Cedarwood Road. I'm your older self, the song of experience, I've come to ask for some help from your song of innocence. Lead me in the way I should go. I'm running out of chances to blow, that's what you told me and you should know. Lead me in the way I should be. Unravel the mystery of the heart and its defense, the morning after innocence.

Bono went on to describe the upcoming tour in more detail where there's a conversation between innocence and experience, describing it like The Who's Quadrophenia

Bono also mentioned, rather tongue-in-cheek, being the opening act for Bill Murray's band, The Venetian Blinds, and being promptly fired afterward while at a friend's "big Irish and Arab" wedding a few weeks ago.

You can listen back via the BBC website, but it will only be available for four weeks.

 

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