(In paragraph 4, the Rolling Stones also have more No. 1
albums than U2, with nine, a correction made by Billboard)
March 11 U2's latest album, "No Line on the
Horizon," debuted at No. 1 in 30 countries, including the
United States and Britain, according to preliminary data issued
on Wednesday by the Irish rock band's Interscope Records label.
Here are some facts about their U.S. sales:
* "No Line on the Horizon" sold 484,000 copies in the
United States in the six days ended March 8, their
second-highest, first-week tally. Their previous album, "How to
Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," started with 840,000 copies in
* It marks U2's seventh No. 1 album in the United States, a
run that began with 1987's "The Joshua Tree." Their only studio
album since then not to debut at No. 1 was "All That You Can't
Leave Behind," which opened at No. 3 with 428,000 units in
* The only bands with more No. 1 albums are the Beatles,
with 19 and the Rolling Stones with nine. Led Zeppelin also
have seven. "No Line" is also the fifth U2 album to debut at
No. 1. The only other group to have five albums debut at No. 1
* U2's total U.S. album sales stand at 33.2 million copies
since May 1991, when the Billboard charts started using
point-of-sale retail data collected by Nielsen SoundScan.
* U2's best-selling album is "Achtung Baby," which has sold
5.5 million copies since its release in November 1991, based on
Nielsen SoundScan's data. "All That You Can't Leave Behind" has
sold 4.3 million, and "How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" sold
* "The Joshua Tree" has sold 3.2 million copies, according
to Nielsen SoundScan. But it has been certified for U.S.
shipments to retailers in excess of 10 million units since its
1987 release, according to the Recording Industry Association
of America, the trade group that hands out gold and platinum
awards. "Achtung Baby" follows with 8 million units.
* Interscope Records is part of the Universal Music Group,
which is controlled by Vivendi SA (VIV.PA).
Sources: Nielsen SoundScan, RIAA, Interscope Records,
(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)