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@U2 in 2013: Top News Stories, Song Lyrics & More
January 10, 2014
You can usually tell what U2 is doing by looking at the web analytics for our website. When the band is active, traffic on @U2 goes up. And when they're quiet, things are usually quiet around here, too.
That was certainly the case in 2013. Although there was no album release, there were strong signs that an album is coming soon in 2014. There was also a new U2 song and several other public appearances in the last half of the year.
Add it all together, and we pushed past one million unique visitors in 2013 here on @U2 (that doesn't include our blog or forum, just the main site). We also fell just a bit short of five million pageviews for the year. Both of those are smile-inducing numbers around these parts.
As we like to do at the end of every year, we've collected below the biggest news stories, most popular songs lyrics, and a few other year-end lists that reflect what our readers were most interested during the year.
Most Popular "Sections" on @U2
These are the main navigation options that you see in the menu above this article, as well as other primary content areas that we have on @U2.
1.) U2 News (1.11 million pageviews)
Most Popular Band Member Bios
We have a U2 History and separate bios for each band member (all of which probably need to be updated!), and those pages are more popular than you might think. Who's most popular? I'm sure you can guess....
1.) Bono (51,000 pageviews)
Most Popular @U2 News Articles/Essays of 2013
This list is limited only to articles, essays and columns that were first published in 2013.
1.) Bono Says U2 is Lost (In Working on the New Album) (21,700 pageviews)
That list pretty much reads as a litany of missed deadlines and incorrect guesses about when U2's new album would come out, doesn't it? All together now: Sigh.
Most Popular @U2 Blog Posts of 2013
There's always some interesting U2-related info, videos and other things that just don't seem to fit on the main website, so we put them on our blog, instead. Here are the most popular posts there during the last year.
1.) AUDIO: New U2 Album Song Leak or Old Soundcheck Jam? (8,900 pageviews)
Most Popular U2 Song Lyrics of 2013
No new album? Sure, but that doesn't mean there weren't new lyrics to share. Our lyrics guy, Ian Ryan, does a fantastic job maintaining this part of @U2. Here's a look at the most popular U2 lyric pages from 2013.
Top 5 U2 Song Lyrics
1.) 40 (6,900 pageviews)
Top 5 U2 Album Lyrics
1.) The Joshua Tree (9,500 pageviews)
Most Popular @U2 Forum Boards
We added nearly 500 new forum members in 2013, and the forum itself had more than 15 million pageviews. Here's a look at the most popular boards last year. (Note: Due to forum upgrades, our analytics were incorrect for about six weeks late in the year.)
So there you go -- a look back at the content that you enjoyed the most in 2013. On behalf of the whole @U2 crew, thank you for sticking with us whether it's a busy or a slow news period. We're grateful to have your trust and attention year in and year out!
(c) @U2, 2014.